Dads like to travel differently with their family. Discover a variety of ways to enjoy your Single Parent lifestyle with our Traveling Dad, travel reviews. This month, one of our members asks for advice on flying with kids in Europe. Read more.
Traveling Dad: Flying with
kids in Europe
Dads like to travel differently with their family. Discover a variety of ways to enjoy
your Single Parent lifestyle with our TravelingDad, travel reviews. This month,
one of our members asks for advice on flying with kids in Europe. Read more.
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Topic: Flying with kids in Europe
My name is Andrew and I am a 43-year old divorced Dad living
in San Francisco, California with two sons, ages 8 and 11. I have been a member
here on SingleDad.com for over a year now and I find that this website is a
great resource for men like me who are trying to do the best they can to
balance family, career and make life happen again.
Anyways, I have established joint, (50/50) custody for over
a year now and my ex-spouse and I have created an amicable relationship and
stability in both households. It’s summertime, and I have family and relatives
in Europe that I want to visit with my boys before schools starts back up. My
ex-spouse has given me permission and I want to get moving on some travel plans
Can you offer me tips on flying with kids in Europe – what
to know, what to remember?
-Andrew in San Francisco
Thank you for your inquiry. Life is back on track and this
is your first major trip with your sons as a single parent. It’s great to hear
that you enjoy our resources on SingleDad because it is our goal to "Make Life
Happen, Again" for Dads like you who want to be a better dad, balance family
time with your career.
Top 3 Tips on Flying
with kids in Europe– What to know and what to remember are the following:
Tip#1: Proper Consent
Forms. In the U.S. you need to have a signed and notarized consent form
that allows you as a parent to take your children out of the country, (without
the other Birth Parent) . Your ex-spouse will need to sign, " Affidavit of
Parental Consent" and they are available at a designated Post Office that processes
"Passport / Customs" forms. You can also click on this link, " Affidavit
of Parental Consent". Don’t leave the US without one of these forms signed.
Tip#2: Short Trip,
Puddle Jumping. Once
you get over to Europe, you want to make the most of your time. A Euro
Rail Pass is fine, but if you want to "hop over" to your destinations
faster without the train delays, we suggest using some well-known European airlines.
Most of them are offering great deals within Europe, especially if you
book two or three months in advance, or opt for a low season time; you
can have a great holiday without breaking the bank.
Tip #3: Layering is
Key. Remember, Europe’s weather in the summertime is fickle, which means
there is a variety of weather that you and your boys might run into, (Rainy,
Windy, Sunny). Make sure you have
packed a variety of all-weather clothes. I would recommend some of the same
workout clothing that you wear at the gym, (both long and short sleeve). These
fabrics are light, keep the moisture away from your body and allow you to stay
comfortable. You can also look online and see some of my favorite all-weather
gear at REI (click here) for other items such as pants and shorts. The key is to keep
everyone comfortable and dry.
What To Know and What
In summary, you will have a great time traveling with your
two boys this summer in Europe. Make sure to send us an email and share your
travel stories with our staff so we can post a follow up article These are
great times for you to create life-long memories with your sons. Remember
Andrew, half the fun you will have is adjusting to the changes that happen
during your trip. Keep your cool and stay calm; travel is adventure and you
will have more fun knowing that it all works out in the end…
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traveling suggestions, planning or general questions about your next vacation?
Ask us, we are here and ready to help. Send an email to: Travel@SingleDad.com
and we will get back to you right away!
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”