Tuesday Travel Trouble: I’m leaving, on a…chartered bus?

A few years ago, when we only had one child, our little family flew from Indianapolis to Boston.  The trip there was uneventful, but the way home got really tricky.  We flew from Boston to Cincinnati on Delta, then from Cincinnati to Indy on a regional jet—not exactly Delta but a Delta affiliate, although we’d bought our tickets from Delta.  That seemed to be the problem.  When we got to Cincinnati, our flight home to Indianapolis was cancelled.  The ticket agent at the regional airline wouldn’t help us because we’d bought our tickets on Delta.  So we went to the Delta desk.  Delta wouldn’t help us because it was the regional airline that had cancelled our flight.  We went back and forth again, getting more and more frustrated with our airport limbo.  Read more

Tuesday Travel Trouble: A night in Frankfurt

Sometimes frequent flyer miles are hard to use.

Sometimes it’s because you start planning your trip a bit too late.  Sometimes it’s just a busy route or a busy time of year.  Sometimes your frequent flyer miles are split across accounts and you need to take what you can get.  And sometimes it’s all of the above.

With these obstacles and plenty of others, you may find yourself in to less than optimal situations during your travels.  The good news?  It’s free travel—so let’s not forget that!

I suppose today’s Tuesday Travel Trouble column is a bit different than those we’ve featured in the past.  This week’s is something we knew we were getting into—right from the start. Read more

Tuesday Travel Trouble: Maria saves Portugal

There’s always the risk of flight delays. It really is not new news. But when you add international flights and lots of little kids to the mix, things can get really painful. Not only are there fewer options to get you across the ocean, there are also only certain times of day when those flights occur (e.g. generally overnight flights when heading across the Atlantic), making it difficult to adjust plans when flights go wrong.

When we decided to take our family to Portugal last December to visit grandparents, we were able to use frequent flyer miles to get us from Austin to Dallas (American Airlines), Dallas to Madrid (Iberia), and Madrid to Lisbon. We knew from the start it would be a long journey, but we had Christmas and grandparents on the other end, so our spirits were high. Read more

Tent Camp

Tuesday Travel Trouble: Out with the friendly warthogs

When I was a kid, my grandparents spent three years on a small island in the Indian Ocean called La Réunion (a French overseas department).  While they were there, my parents planned a family trip for us to see them, with amazing experiences in Egypt and Kenya on the way.  In my recollection, everything went pretty smoothly in Egypt (except for an incident with my brother’s low blood sugar in Cairo), and our Kenyan safari was spectacular.  Where we ran into trouble was the overnight stay in Nairobi just before heading into the brush. Read more

Successfully at Disney--crutches and all

Tuesday Travel Trouble: Trip Swap

Today we continue with our Tuesday Travel Trouble series, today highlighting a travel-gone-wrong experience from guest writer, Kristy Taylor.  WARNING! What Kristy has attempted (and accomplished) in redeeming her almost-failed trip is NOT for the faint of heart—and it’s definitely impressive.  If you have experiences of travels gone awry that you’d be interested in sharing, send them our way at news@familyexplorers.com. Read more