New York City is an amazing place and quite overwhelming unless you're from, well, New York City. This summer we travelled to New York and spent nine days in the city. We saw, and did, everything there was to do, but there are only so many lines and museums a five year old can stand. It was during our wanderings that I discovered New York City's best children's attraction: the playgrounds.
There are literally hundreds of parks in New York City. A great resource for finding one near you is the City's Parks and Recreation page. Here are the five playgrounds that my five year old son couldn't get enough of.
Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer or maybe it's because I was a Girl Scout, but I'm all about redundancy when it comes to travel. Before we leave on a trip I make two copies of everyone's passports and visas or immunization records if required for travel.
I hold all originals. I give one set of copies to my husband to put in his bag and I leave one set home with my mom (who is always listed as our emergency contact and has a complete itinerary with our travel confirmations and whereabouts).
Finally, I take a pictures with my phone.
For our first trip to Africa I knew that we needed immunizations. What I didn't know was where to get them.
The answer: Passport Health.
Passport Health is a clinic that specializes in travel vaccinations and immunizations and they have offices throughout the U.S. They'll tell you what you need and administer it right there in the office. They can also provide antibiotics (in case of a stomach bug), malaria pills and altitude medication.
Your regular doctor or pediatrician will likely not have most of what you need because their volume isn't high enough to stock the meds. That said, take your kids records with you so you don't duplicate anything they already have.
Unless you're loading into the family truckster and heading out on a road trip, chances are that you’re going to have to pack a carry-on bag for your kids on your next trip. If you’re traveling by air it gets pretty tricky. After years of travel with kids, here are my six golden rules for kids who are walking and out of diapers.
1. Get your child a backpack. No, not one from REI that can hold camping gear for a week, but one that’s just their size, and when full isn’t too heavy for them to carry. There is nothing chic about being a pack-mule so get your kids used to carrying their own stuff early.
Camping remains one of the most wholesome, fun and quality experiences you can still have with kids. And, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. This Labor Day, two of my friends and their families joined us for a three-day trip in the mountains of Arizona. There was a fair amount of whining, but once we told told the dads to knock it off our weekend was virtually whine free (but certainly not wine free!). As with most things in life, that didn't happen by accident. It was the result of good planning, good packing and good humor.
Here are the eight things that proved indispensable on our trip:
I'm a recovering attorney/CEO turned entrepreneur. Before I could travel in style I just traveled, bed bug bites and all.True story. Today, I'm fortunate enough to visit iconic locations and stay in the very best hotels with my husband and son. So, whether you're living the champagne travel reality or just dreaming about it, I'm glad you're here!