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10 Sanity-Saving Tips for Flying Overseas with a Baby

Get your goodies

If you’re flying a U.S. carrier, you might be lucky to get water in flight. But many foreign carriers will supply you with helpful items in flight such as baby food, infant formula, toddler snacks, and possibly even diapering packs if you contact reservations in advance. (See the airlines comparison chart in Travels with Baby for more details.)

Avoiding Ever-Growing Airline Fees

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is waiting silently in the wings. Are you headed to Grandma’s to get your fill of turkey and cranberry? Join the crowd. Best to fly armed with my Thanksgiving travel tips in mind. It will make for a better trip and help your wallet cope with the ever growing list of airline fees.

Turn on the news and it seems like every other day there’s a story about another charge being imposed by one of the big carriers.

Condé Nast Traveler Family Travel Expert Panel: Transportation Tips

It’s amazing how many families choose not to travel because they fear getting there and back will be a nightmare. Believe me, I get it. When our son was a toddler he never slept on planes, irrespective of the length of the ride. These flights were exhausting as there were never moments of downtime.

Cute In-Flight Activity for Ages 3-8

Flying long distances with young kids is at the same level on fun meter as going to the dentist for most parents. Although flights to Europe are less scary …

Entertaining Kids on Planes

The thought of being trapped with a screaming child on an airplane is enough to keep even the most avid travelers on the ground. For others, it drives them to play Polly Pocket or to speak in an unnaturally high and sweet voice for hours on end. To spare you from this, we’ve come up with ideas that will help keep everyone sane on the plane.

Just like kids, parents come in all types of personalities—the planner and the non-planner, laid-back and uptight, etc. We’ve met them and possibly been them all.

Flying Solo to Italy with Toddlers

Sometimes the best-laid plans are the first ones to fall apart. Last summer we planned a trip to Italy with our two daughters, Lily and Charlotte (ages 1 and 3, respectively). We rented a villa in Tuscany, forty-five minutes outside of Siena.

Flying with Children: Award Travel and Upgrades

Flying business class on a long-haul flights may be the difference between a somewhat enjoyable ride over the ocean or misery, particularly if you are stuck with bad seats in economy. We flew on KLM and Delta last summer to France and we were stuck in the middle seats next to the bathroom there and back.

Not good.

Those are the flights where you literally count each painful minute until the plane lands, only to subsequently arrive shattered.

New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service from San Jose to Tokyo

Do you dread thinking about long-haul flights with infants and children in tow? Well, say hello to All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner flight service to Japan. The Boeing 787 has landed in Northern California at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

I was on hand for Ciao Bambino to welcome ANA’s Dreamliner to the Silicon Valley …

Tips for Dealing with Long Layovers

I’m a big fan of non-stop, direct flights. Scratch that, I’m a HUGE fan. But sometimes you are going to get stuck with a layover. Whether you’re looking to save a few dollars or just get a little further afield, layovers happen.

We recently had a 4-hour stop in Athens on our way back from Santorini that was too short to leave the airport but too long for me to just distract Chet with some Duty-Free Smarties and the bustling activity outside the picture window. It got ugly.

Tips for Flying with Kids on Europe’s Low Cost Airlines

There are now dozens of low cost carriers flying across Europe’s air space, although these flights are not as cheap as they used to be, and they might not go where you think you are going. But, if you do your homework you can bag yourself a bargain.

Understand Arrival Airport Location

If landing charges are cheap and there is demand for tickets, low-cost airlines will land a jumbo at any tin pot airport.