Here is our evolving list of links that may help you get started when Flying with Children:
- TSA Link to Rules for Children/Babies -- Here
- A few major Airlines and their guidelines for Families/Babies/Children (click the name):
- Looking for cheaper flights? Here are two INCREDIBLE resources that have saved us over $3500 on flights for ONE trip:
- Scott's Cheap Flights: They will email you when flights go on sale and let you know how to find them - Scott's is how we were able to get 4 Round-Trip tickets to Europe for $618 a piece *from a small regional airport*!
- Google Flights: This engine will let you pick your departure point, search by cheapest dates, search the entire world for your dates, etc. It is one of the most useful travel tools I have found.
- Have a long layover? Want to know where the best place to sleep/eat/play is?
- SleepingInAirports has you covered!
Not seeing something you are looking for? Let us know!! We are always working towards giving the best information possible.
Sometimes a layover is inevitable. If you’re traveling with children, especially if you’re travelling alone with children, having the option of an airport lounge is a game changer. Between the comfy seating, free food/drink & clean bathrooms, there isn’t much to complain about. Anything that makes travel with children easier and more comfortable is a win in our book.
“The real question we as parents need to ask ourselves is: Is the short duration of the flight worth skipping an entire adventure? For us, the answer is no. We take them. We get through the flights. We get through the mile high poop diapers & melt downs. We get through by finding some really great ways of dealing with all that comes with bringing the kids along for life's ultimate adventures.”
We recently spent a week in San Antonio while visiting my husband on one of his work trips. This multicultural city was more than I had imagined it was going to be. I was born and raised in South East Texas for 11.5 years before moving to Virginia. I am familiar with Texas, but I was happily surprised with this family friendly city and all of it’s delicious food.
"Budapest has to be on our most surprisingly wonderful cities we've ever traveled too. As a matter of fact, it's one of the few places I would visit again just to have more time there. It's beautiful, friendly, family oriented and feels especially magical when standing on the banks of the Danube. If you're making a list of must-see places, put Budapest towards the top."
"My husband and I are missionaries in the Baltic States and frequently fly throughout Europe for meetings and conferences and to the United States for support raising and to visit family. With that said, our kids see their bags packed and do not make a fuss about it. They don’t see the need anymore. I have a daughter that is 8 and a son that is 4."
"There are a million options out there for Travel Cribs (AKA baby cots, pack n plays, etc). I am not even about to go into comparing them ALL to each other, but I wanted to share this option since so many of my parent-friends are struggling with their tall toddlers and where they sleep on trips!"
"Prague is a gorgeous city in the Czech Republic with so much history. Before our trip, we had heard many great things about this destination and we were not disappointed. We traveled before peak season and found everything to be relatively slow, but the major attractions still had A LOT of tourists – I am assuming peak season would be almost unbearable."
If you have been on social media in 2016, you have seen Karen Edwards and her daughter Esmé. The story of her family traveling the world with their baby went viral. Well, Karen has been kind enough to share some experiences and advice with Big Brave Nomad through a little Q & A!
"In May we took 2 weeks vacation and flew the crew to the States! The task was daunting. Packing, traveling, arranging transportation for all of us (aka 4 kids 2 and under) was unnerving. BUT, we did it! We survived, and now two weeks later I think I can revisit the subject"
"Since becoming a family of three we have found new ways to enjoy ourselves. We no longer spend our nights exploring the local bar scene, but we now have a new travel tradition that we love: we always eat dinner together in the hallway of our hotel while our baby sleeps. We have ordered carry out and room service, but we still sit together where we can talk and enjoy each other’s company. Traveling has always been a way for us to connect and this is a new quirk that we both get a kick out of. It sounds silly, but it’s ours and we love it. We have adapted to this new normal. Life with a baby is different that life without one. Life with two babies will be even more different, but I know when this baby gets here we will settle in like all families do. Our life will go on and be twice as exciting as it is now."