20 Tips for Flying with Babies, Toddlers or Kids - A must read for any parent!

The thought of getting onto an airplane with a baby or toddler is enough to scare a lot of parents out of traveling altogether. But when you live on the other side of the world from all of your family, not flying just isn’t an option. So instead, you become a master of surviving flights with kids!

At ages 6 and 2, my kids they have racked up more frequent flier miles than most people will in a lifetime. And with all that travel, I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t.

It was after our last flight(s) from Maui back home to Vienna (24+ hours) that I thought to myself, I think I finally have this traveling thing down, because that wasn’t bad at all. Maybe at that point I was so sleep deprived that I was delusional? Because let me just repeat that last part…I had just gotten off of a plane after traveling for over 24 hours by myself with 2 young children. Yes, I was probably completely out of my mind.

The question of my sanity aside, here are my top 20 tips for surviving a flight with children of any age:

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Trieste - Castello Miramare

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have had a wonderful and sunshine filled April. We started the month off in Trieste, which was such a great little weekend getaway for us. Being by the sea makes my heart happy. And the food!! We hit the grocery store before we left Italy and stocked up on quality Italian pasta, fresh prosciutto, and San Marzano tomato sauce. Unfortunately, we went through our stockpile in the first few weeks of being home. There is nothing I love more than good Italian food. So I guess it is time to go back! :)

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Moving Abroad Survival Tip #3: Learn The Language

Moving Abroad Survival Tip #3: Learn The Language.

No matter who you are, no matter what country you are going to, your life is going to be infinitely easier if you learn at least a little bit of the language.

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April 2016 Must Read List

My 2015 New Year’s Resolution was to read more fiction books. Prior to that, I had been reading nothing but non-fiction parenting and other such books, and really wanted to start reading for pleasure again. And unlike 99% of my other resolutions that I make each year, I actually kept this one. Since January, 2015, I have read at least 4 books each month. And I don’t have any plans to stop. But I do want to expand from here, and challenge myself to read a wider variety of books. Fiction, non-fiction, personal development, and more.

So I am interested in your reading habits!

Are you intentional in the way you choose books to read, or do you pick up whatever looks good at the moment? If you start a book that you don’t love, do you push through to the end, or do you give yourself permission to not finish? Do you try to mix up the genres of books that you read? Do you match the type or style of book to the time you will be reading it?

This is what is On My Bookshelf for April:

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A Weekend in Trieste - Trieste hotels, restaurants, things to do, travel tips - excellent travel guide to Trieste, Italy!

More Vienna than Venice was how Trieste was appropriately described in a book I read a while back. Which is fitting since Trieste was a part of Austria until nearly a hundred years ago. For a long time it served as the most important port, and the 4th largest city, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The storied past of this Italian city, plus its close proximity to Austria, prompted us to visit for a quick weekend at the end of spring break this year.

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