Category Archives: Family Travel

An Interesting Car Seat Alternative, the Ride Safer Travel Vest

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Kim and I are always looking for ways to lighten the load when it comes to what gear we bring along on our trips.

Traveling with kids requires a variety of extra items. While we never use a car seat on flights, when we rent a car, we bring along one of our car seats so we don’t have to pay ridiculous rental fees of around $12 per day. Continue reading An Interesting Car Seat Alternative, the Ride Safer Travel Vest

Bag Lost in Seoul, Intercontinental Duty Manager to the Rescue!

Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 12.09.41 AMDuring our trip to South Korea we had a couple of interesting problems that we faced. The funny thing is that both happened in the same day but ended up working out.

The morning we were to fly back to Seoul from Jeju Island I encountered our first problem. We had an early flight and Sixt Rent-A-Car was closed. Find out what I did in the link above.

Kim and I decided to end the trip by using our IHG free nights for a two night stay at the InterContinental Seoul COEX. When we arrived, the service was absolutely amazing and friendly! We were greeted by staff like the hotel Duty Manager and the concierge checked us in. Continue reading Bag Lost in Seoul, Intercontinental Duty Manager to the Rescue!

Product Review: Kids Fly Safe- CARES Safety Harness

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(Publishing this review is long overdue…)

After flying 91,144 miles as a lap baby in his first 2 years, Lucas took his first flight in his own seat back in January 2014 (during our trip to Norway). He got some more experience flying again in his own seat in February during our Quick Euro Roadtrip, Our Visit to Malta & Milan and on a bunch of other trips since in 2014.

Although we did bring our car seat on Lucas’s second trip we didn’t bring it to Norway or want to bring it on the flights. We figured that his car seat would be a pain in the butt, taking up precious space instead of giving us extra space due to our third seat.

We were hesitant to have Lucas secured with only a regular airplane seatbelt so we started to look into other options. I had seen a couple of solutions at stores in the past but didn’t think much about them until now.

Continue reading Product Review: Kids Fly Safe- CARES Safety Harness

A Family Visit to the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

While researching things to do during our trip to Ireland, there was one place that I knew we had to visit.

For years I’ve heard about the Guinness Storehouse, home to the iconic Guinness Brewery. It seemed that no trip (or at least first visit) to Ireland would not be complete without checking it out.

Since Kim and I enjoy visiting breweries and beer-related sites, we decided to stop by on the day we arrived in Ireland. Continue reading A Family Visit to the Guinness Storehouse

Lawyer Up! My Fight Against Explore Trip for Theo’s Lap Baby Ticket

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At the beginning of March I wrote about how Theo’s coach lap baby ticket to Ireland cost $350+. (Check out my Ireland trip planning post here.)

Had OTA Explore Trip called British Airways to book Theo’s lap baby ticket on one of the occasions that I called, the taxes/ fees would’ve been a lot cheaper. Continue reading Lawyer Up! My Fight Against Explore Trip for Theo’s Lap Baby Ticket

Theo’s Six Months Old Travel Update!

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My little man Theo turned 6 months old a couple of weeks back. He was born a bit early on August 30. I guess he was eager to meet Mommy, Daddy and big brother Lucas!

Theo’s an amazing little boy and he’s added so much to our family. I doubt most of you want to hear a parent brag about their kid but since this is a travel blog I did want to share a six month travel update! Continue reading Theo’s Six Months Old Travel Update!

Meeting A Paws For Life Therapy Dog at BUF Airport

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A couple of weekends back the Michael W Travels family visited Buffalo, NY.

On the way home Kim noticed a cute friendly dog playing with another family. Lucas really loves dogs so Kim suggested that he go over and ask to pet the dog.

This turned out to be a simple request considering the dog was walking around the airport with its owner as part of the Paws for Love program! Continue reading Meeting A Paws For Life Therapy Dog at BUF Airport

Does It Matter What Name Is On A Domestic Lap Baby Ticket?

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Theo was born at the end of August 2016 and at six months old he’s already flown 16 flight segments and just under 20,000 miles. (Theo took his 1st flight at 7 weeks old.)

On every flight Theo has flown as a lap baby. When you fly to an international destination, lap baby tickets have a fee. If you’re flying domestic, you won’t have to pay anything extra but the baby will still need a ticket. Continue reading Does It Matter What Name Is On A Domestic Lap Baby Ticket?

$1,381.48 + 57,722 Points=Trip for 4 to Ireland

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Over the winter break, the Michael W Travels family took our first international trip as a family of 4. Our destination was Costa Rica.

The trip went really well and now we couldn’t wait until our next trip.

During President’s Week, we went on a quick trip to Ireland! Continue reading $1,381.48 + 57,722 Points=Trip for 4 to Ireland

Ouch! Theo’s Coach Lap Baby Ticket to Ireland Cost $350+!

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The Michael W Travels Family recently got back from a quick trip to Ireland.

While I typically try to book our flights with miles and points, due to a cheap fare (and also no award flight availability) I bought the tickets for around $400 each.

At the time of booking I decided to not add Theo on as a lap baby. I figured that I could just add him on after. While this was never an issue while flying with Lucas as a lap baby, this would be a costly error on my part. Continue reading Ouch! Theo’s Coach Lap Baby Ticket to Ireland Cost $350+!