Post # 16
MountainAir : We travel with 3 kids all the time – we go to Europe 3 to 4 times a year, warm weather Caribbean vacation and lots of local US vacations (family’s beach house, etc). We usually divide up on the plane for more space (physical and mental), and our youngest is still in a car seat which puts him in an unfortunate position of kicking the seat in front of him. So dividing up into two rows reduces my stress. I personally am opposed to bringing young children in first class but we have even split up between first class and economy. Ex-US locations often have stricter limits on the number of people allowed in 1 room so often times we will get 2 rooms but it does give us more space. However, it is a drag when they are not connecting rooms and most rooms ex-US are not connecting rooms. Traveling with 3 kids takes a bit more planning (and a lot more luggage, ugh)to accommodate everyone’s interests and schedules – naps, sleeping in, etc. but overall we love it. You’ll get systems going and it’s totally manageable. Hope that helps, best wishes!
Post # 17
Foreverblonde345 : you make it sound so easy! I’ve always wondered about the room situation and feel like I’d just say we were 4 and squeeze into one room… Is that shady? How is three in general? What ages are your kids?
Post # 18
MountainAir : I wouldn’t try to declare less people in your room than actual. We got kicked out of the St. Regis in Rome because of this, they wouldn’t check us in, even though we had declared 5. Thankfully, we booked through American Express Travel so they found us a different hotel but I guess in Europe there is a per person tax per night (it’s nominal) and there have been issues in the past so their security is pretty tight. I believe it also goes against their fire codes. There is a significant age difference between my oldest and youngest (10 years) but honestly, the older kids tend to be more challenging to please when traveling and they are very experienced travelers. Yes, it can be easy, you will get systems going, we can red eye to Europe like clockwork, carry on only. We set up “beds” for the kids using their carry on luggage to elevate their feet and our baby gear for travel is all EU flight approved and compact. We actually bought a lot of it in the EU for this reason. We have had some mishaps, my youngest threw up on the way to Versailles and half of us had to bail on that day trip but he laughs at the fact that he and Mommy walked past the Eiffel Tower with him only in a blanket with dinosaur puppets on his hands. Not bad for a 4 year old. It’s do-able, just be flexible and roll with it and you’ll be able to figure it out no problem if it’s your priority.