My travel tips page is one of the most popular on this site. Families are always looking for tips that will save them time, hassle and money.
So I am thrilled to tell you all that one of my tips was published in The Smart Family's Passport: 350 Money, Time & Sanity Saving Tips by Nina Willdorf and the readers of Budget Travel.
My tip can be found on page 81:
We tend to gt on the plane first. It's less hassle to board an empty plane and, honestly, those extra few minutes at the gate don't add up to much.
I know- that is opposite the advice you normally hear of “board last and let the kids run around”. We did that a few times when we only had one child. Doug would board the plane with the car seat, his carry on and Brenna's. She and I would wait to board until final call. Even with one child and my carry-on it was stressful to get through people trying to stow their own bags. When Caelan came along that plan was out the window. We tried it once and found that it was just easier for us to get the girls settled on an empty plane.
Besides, anymore they call the seats so quickly that waiting until the end doesn't amount to a whole lot of time.
I would love your feedback on the boarding with kids issue. When do you board and why?
One comment will be chosen at random to receive a copy of The Smart Family's Passport! Just leave a comment telling me when you prefer to board an aircraft when traveling with kids- and why.
The fine print:
Make sure I can easily find an email to contact you; I will not search for one. Contest ends April 27, 2010 at 11:59pm. I will draw the winner April 28. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 3 days to respond. If I do not hear back from the winner within that time another winner will be drawn.
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