Why You Shouldn’t Give A Young Child A Passport

According to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, all U.S. citizen must possess his or her own passport if they plan to travel outside of the United States (well, with the exception of Canada and Mexico – there are other options for those two). I get that and it makes total sense, not only in a governmental “We need to know where all our citizens are at all times” way, but also in a “We need to know the identify and nationality of all visitors to our country” POV.

That being said, there’s one thing you don’t want do with any of your family’s passports.

Don’t give them to a young child. Here’s why:

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Credit Card Offer Of The Year, Worst Flight In America, Spending 3,000,000 Marriott (Bonvoy), Rewards & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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What Not To Do When Earning Points & Miles, The Horrible Thing About Google Fi, Travel Dad Of The Year, & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Flying With Kids? Here’s Some Advice From Flight Attendants

Joe and I don’t have kids. That’s not super unusual in today’s world, but on top of that, we’re both only children so we never had nieces or nephews, either. So our experience of flying with babies and children has been limited to the kids who happened to be aboard the planes we’ve been on. As you can imagine, some have been wonderful (and when they are, I make sure to complement the caregivers) and others have been….not.

Anyway, if there’s any group of people who know a thing or two about flying with children, it’s flight attendants. And I know several of those. So I asked them a simple question: “If you were to give advice to parents of babies and children of what to do when they’re on a flight, what would you tell them?” The responses I got were plentiful and, from what I can see, very helpful. There’s some overlap but also some differences, since they’re from different airlines that each have their own way of doing things. So if you’re flying with kids, read on…

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Could Child Free Zones On Planes Be In Our Future?

Here’s a familiar scenario for some people (not all, but definitely some): you’re in your seat on the plane and every time a young child goes by, you cross your fingers and maybe say a little prayer. “Not in front of me, not next to me, not behind me, not near me, please, please, please.” And sometimes you luck out, but sometimes not so much. And you wind up with a little one next to you who cries for the entire flight. Or there’s one behind you who kicks your seat incessantly. Maybe there’s one directly across the aisle and is in a screaming match with her little brother the whole trip. Or it could be the one who’s in front of you and stands on his seat so he can smear his boogers on the top of his seat back, right where you can see them.

Of course, sometimes you get a well behaved angel sitting near you, who’s quiet, does what his/her caregivers say, and at the end of the flight, I hope you praise the child and caregivers for how well behaved (s)he is. I know I do. But back to the times when there’s a very disruptive little one sitting near you…

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