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Thursday, October 17, 2013

What Is My Passion Thursdays: Sojourner's Family Travels & Tips

A few weeks ago we introduced to you travel blogger Sojourner.  Not only is she passionate about travel and volunteerism, she also has a passion that is so much more.  Ohm is his name.  The meaning... vibration of the universe.  And if you could see how this lil man could move about from the quickness he got out of his bright red stroller, to his fast-paced walk around the back courtyard of the restaurant we were eating at, you'll understand.  And that smile.  The pic above says it all.  His vibes are radiant!!

What is even more impressive is the fact that this recently turned 2 year-old has travelled quite a bit thanks to his adventurous mom and jazz musician father.  Where has he been... Japan, Mexico, Portugal, England, and Jamaica.  Whew, that's a world traveler in the making.  And for those that are unaware, many airlines allow children under the age of two to travel for free.  Now that he's 2 years-old, does it mean that the travel stops.  According to mom Sojourner, the answer is "No".  

While she'll have to be more savvy in researching airfare deals, she's not going to let the costs deter her from traveling with her family.  The great part is that as long as they travel with her husband during his international tours, his transportation and accommodations are covered.  Thereby, Sojourner needs to only cover Ohm and hers transportation costs.  As for other travel, she seeks locations that serve two purposes:  short weekend or holiday getaways that can be reached via car or a discounted airfare deal that is family friendly and exotic enough to serve as content for Sojourner's travel blog.

What tips can be taken away from Sojourner's and Ohm's travels?

1)  Take advantage of weekend getaway deals, especially when children are young.  If traveling by car, avoid late evening travel and get on the road early morning.

2)  Don't be afraid to travel with an infant.  Ohm got his passport at 3 months, and it's valid until he turns 6.  Let him/her sleep when need be (if on plane, your fellow passengers will thank you).  Bring games that will entertain during hours awake.  

3)  Combine personal and business travel, if permitted, as long as it is not too disruptive from child's school schedule.  Some schools even allow for such activity to be excused if you can supplement it with a current school assignment (English/Language Arts or Social Studies/Geography).

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