Christmas Abroad

Traveling at Christmastime can truly be an adventure.  Last year we took the family to Portugal, and you may recall the harrowing experience of getting there after some storms caused flight delays.  While it’s true that Christmastime is a busy time to be on airplanes, it can be a wonderful time of year to visit Europe (though perhaps not Scandinavia—save that for sunshiny summertime).

Portugal was not crowded at Christmas, the streets of Lisbon were adorned with lights and decorations, and we had the beach to ourselves! 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