Have Passport, Will Travel

We booked a vacation. A vacation to celebrate Ken finishing his thesis. Which isn’t finished yet.

I sat on the fence about whether or not to commit to a vacation before the final copy was printed, bound and delivered and the date for defence¬†was set but it’s the beach so I bent the rules.

Look out Florida here we come!

We’re planning a few days at Disney and a few days at the beach. The kids are so excited they wore sundresses for dinner. It’s important to note that the dresses were too small on both of them. So both my kids need new summer wardrobes before we’re ready to pack up and head out. Awesome.

We attempted a Disney vacation 2 years ago. While it was fun, it was filed in the comedy of errors section of life. I learned a few things about travelling en famille that I will not be repeating this time.

  1. I will book the flights. Two years ago Ken booked the flights. He is ridiculous with the number of windows he opens on his computer and while price comparing on 1800 websites he confused PM for AM. We flew out at 7PM and arrived at 11PM.
  2. Be prepared for storms and flight delays. A 4AM arrival isn’t fun for anyone, 4PM we could probably survive. See above.
  3. Minimize time spent on the shuttle. We had reservations booked hither and yon, there was no down time on our last visit just time spent racing from one Disney compound to another.
  4. More old school Disney cartoons. The kids loved the old cartoons last time and I loved them laughing themselves silly watching them.
  5. I can’t prevent the strep throat/ear infection I developed last time but I’m going to do my best. My plan is like drink lots of scotch and not get stuck on a runway for 5 hours in a thunderstorm. And get a super healthy dose of vitamin C.




  1. Those are good travel tips; #1 and #2 we are familiar with, but I think #3 is key. Down time is extremely important. There is nothing worse than coming back from a vacation more exhausted than when you left. Add oil of oregano to your #5 and you’ll be golden.

    We’re planning a flight trip with the kids soon-ish (probably in the fall, so not immediate soon-ish, but ish enough). They all want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

    I bet my folks are looking forward to puppy-sitting. LOL

    • My in-laws keep Jiggs happily but this is the first time they’ve had a cat to sit too. The kids were keen for HP too but we’ve put them off, it’s a pricey admission ticket to add to the budget. One day we’ll go, we’ll have to I need a wand.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hooray! Family vacations are fun! We’re looking forward to Disney with the boys next year but at the moment I think we’re more looking forward to our ADULTS ONLY vacation in a month :) I like you plan for avoiding a throat infection…. but hope you won’t have to use it, save and except the Scotch part ;)

  3. Sounds like you know exactly what (not) to do. I’m sure you’ll have a great holiday.

  4. Sounds like excellent planning tips. I agree, the down time is key. Otherwise it stops being fun and it just starts getting tiring and people start getting sick. No good. Have fun! My girls are jealous. :)

    • I feel this must schedule every second Disney panic, fighting that feeling. Interestingly I feel no panic or scheduling urges for the beach part of the trip.

  5. Sounds like it is going to be a wonderful and well planned adventure. We have our family & friends adventure this summer. While it doesn’t involve flights there is still a great deal of booking and planning involved. Bryan already has the hotels booked and the rest will fall into place.

  6. Hooray for vacations! Double hooray for sunny vacations!

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