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Our Kids Have No Choice But to Love to Fly

We were boarding our flight from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg when Ava saw this HSBC add and, with a very troubled look said, “Why does that poor cow have a map on him?” I don’t know what made me more proud – the fact that she was was concerned for the animal’s welfare or that she recognized a world map.

We have been looking at a lot of maps lately and, thanks in part to Dora the Explorer, the kids are eager to know where they are heading in relation to where we have been. Our 22 hour journey from Athens to Windhoek turned out to be a non-event. The kids slept on all three flights. The only glitch was the nosebleed Kayan got on the flight to Johannesburg.

Despite this, when we finally got into our beds in Windhoek, a disappointed Kayan asked, “Why no more planes?” The kids have boarded 19 flights since we left New York in November. Perhaps flying has become so natural that they see it as a non event. Or perhaps, since we give them lollipops to calm ear pressure, they see flying as a treat. Kayan begged for his own backpack so that he could have something to put on the security belt. Ava likes to hand over each passport when we fill out immigration forms and has a funny fetish of checking out airport bathrooms. Whatever the reason, we’re lucky to have happy fliers for all the journeys we have left to take.


Filed under Africa, Travel With Kids

A Journey We Are Not Excited About

We’re off on safari! I am not sure what kind of internet connection we will have, so I have set up a few posts to go live while we are away. These posts answer questions that friends and readers have asked about our journey. We’ll have updates from Namibia soon.

Isn’t it hard to fly with two kids?

I am sure it could be if the kids don’t like to fly. It has been a month since we have been on a plane and the kids are getting anxious. Every time Kayan sees a plane he asks, “Why we no go plane?” Ava says she wants to know which plane is taking us to Namibia. As you read this, the kids are getting what they wished for. We are on our longest journey so far. Getting from Athens to Windhoek, Namibia is an overnight affair that involves three flights over 6,648 miles.

We have left Athens on a four and a half hour flight to Abu Dhabi. There we hope to make our two hour connection and board an eight and a half hour flight to Johannesburg. We arrive in Johannesburg at the crack of dawn and cool our heels for five hours before boarding our final flight, a two hour stretch to Windhoek.

The kids have been great flying companions. We find endless ways to amuse ourselves at airports.

They sleep a lot. When awake, they have a voracious appetite for airline food. They like the freedom of channel surfing on their personal TVs and enjoy cruising the aisles in search of bored children. However, we have yet to brave a twenty two hour journey with them. I wrote about 7 Tips for Flying with Young Kids for Huffington Post. However, despite all the flights we have taken thus far, somehow this one seems intimidating. We’ll report back from Africa.


Filed under Travel With Kids