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Learning to Fly

February 21, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
It's true, I don't get out much.

There has been only two trips in my life when I've traveled by plane, one of those being when I was 6 years old. So as I prepare for a cruise my mother was wonderful enough to invite us along with her, the devil is now in the details.

For a party of five, it's costing more to fly than the cruise itself. At least according to all those online flight booking sites that make sensational promises with an asterisk behind them. Not to mention details within the details, like plane changes versus nonstop flights and what am I going to do with two little kids during a 4-hour plane ride? I've heard there's movies and entertainment on the plane with people getting to pick out which one they want on their own little screen. But Brookens Law (which is Murphy's law with an extra degree of insult added to injury) says that we'd end up on a bare-bones, no frills flight after leaving all the kids' electronics at home... Or that even thinking about switching on that little monitor "will cost ya extra." And do I need to provide a child restraint for the toddler or are those available on board? It makes my head swim so much I wonder if we should just road trip it instead.

Then I remember road trips with the kids... No more than five hours max on the road or they are DONE. No, that would make the trip a death march instead of a vacation.

So here goes nothing, using the full tax refund for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation instead of just paying off boring bills or doing repairs. As for any frequent fliers who are laughing up their sleeves at this NOOB, please feel free to enlighten me!

 
 

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