Travel Dating: Embrace Every Moment.

The weird thing about dating for me has been the fact that the majority of the time I have been able to spend with my boyfriend has been while traveling and one-fifth of that time was in a car.

For some, traveling with a significant other can break a relationship – it can quickly point all your partners flaws or quirks that tick you off as well as highlight all the ways your personalities don’t fit. On the other hand, traveling together can strengthen your relationship as you have to figure out how to work together to overcome all those obstacles that traveling can put in your way.

For me, as a traveler, I don’t mind playing it by ears up to a point – let’s be honest I plan what I can with a little room to switch up activities where need be – but Ryan had little bits planned and everything else was played completely by ear, seizing every opportunity.

As I have outlined before now in my other posts about Kansas, we made everything into a date or into a game and embraced every activity we could come up with, even if it meant that we didn’t do all the traditional travel things I normally would.

Whether you are trying to embrace every moment – like me! – because you are trying to get all the time with your significant other that you can, or if you are trying to get everything out of a vacation that happens to be with your significant other, keeping communication with them and balancing what you want to do is key.

This gets crazier for me because I am aware that this is is going to be my life for the next three years when Ryan is living in Germany and any trip out here or there is going to involve a mix of traveling and dating – so yes, this is a motto I will be absolutely living by.

Therefore, to end this post: if you have any advice on how to make this work and keep embracing every moment, feel free to sound off below!

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Travel Dating: Embrace Every Moment.

Knowing your Airports.

As someone who has flown a lot over the course of her life, I have always paid very close attention to specific rules that get published – a major one of these rules are when you have to get to the airport and checked in before your flight.

At LAX domestic this can be as little as 90 minutes while interaction can be two or three hours. Burbank tends to run between 60 to 90 minutes. In fact, most airports that I have visited give you about that standard arrival time – 90 minutes before your plane is due to depart.

Flying out of Wichita Airport was completely different. This has to be the smallest airport  I have ever been too! It took 10 minutes to park and 5 minutes to get through security – this means that I was at the airport 90 minutes early and waiting by myself for 45 minutes of it. No one else showed up for another 20 minutes!

This, however, doesn’t just have to do with factors like arrival time. It can also have to do with traffic to and out of the terminals, which terminals might be closed, where you go through security and how long that takes, and how long it takes to get from security to your gate. All of this you can look up by searching the airport online and, trust me, you really will want to.

For me, this was not a huge deal – did I loose time I could have been doing other things? yes. However, if this had been another way – say, you are used to these tiny airports and then move up to one of the larger ones? – you could very easily miss a flight! And all because we all stick to patterns based on our normal travel experiences.

So, as I have said, again and again. Do your research on all parts of your trip and you really will save yourself a lot of headaches.

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Knowing your Airports.

Babies and Airplanes

I travel a good amount, however, it wasn’t until I flew to Kansas that I learned a little know rule about flying: you cannot have more than one lap sitting child to any given row on an airplane. This means that if you have two young lap sitting children, you either have to buy one a seat or have another adult in another row fly with you and take care of one said children at all times.

The reason for this is so simple but easily overlooked especially by busy parents: each row of seats only has one extra, drop-down oxygen mask so having more than one extra person in a row means there will not be enough for everyone in an emergency.

Well, this happened on my Southwest flight to Kansas. I was surrounded by 3 babies (one set of twins and another child) and a set of twin toddlers. While the mothers of the twins knew they would need multiple rows, booking doesn’t tell you where lap-seaters are when you go to book. Therefore, one of the twins ended up in the same row as the spare baby. Luckily, the Southwest flight staff were amazing and worked quickly. There was a quick shuffle, but in the end, we were all exactly where we needed to be.

The other reason I think I love Southwest as a company is how they dealt with each child. Every staff member was engaging with the parents, babies, and those around them, willing to help wherever possible. Also, when one of the toddlers got a little fussy, one of the staff members had him help with track pick up – he was so cute carrying the trash bag through the aisles with her and it settled him immediately.

Knowing the aircraft rules as well as the basic personality of your child (or the one you are traveling with) will help your flying experience so much as well as the experience of those around you. And for those who aren’t used to dealing with kids on a normal basis – give families a break; they have every right to be on the plane, same as you.

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Babies and Airplanes

California and Campfires

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It’s that time of year again: Great Western War!

We will be driving up this year on Thursday and leaving on Monday for 5 full days of camping. This includes 4 nights which are predicted to be in the 40s (we are Americans so that is in Fahrenheit) – this is freezing for us Southern Californians. Despite my absolute hate of cold, I am so excited to get out there!

There is one other major complication when it comes to camping in California – we have a tendency to burn.

Assessing the time of year you choose and taking into consideration the recommendations and strict rules of how campfires may be used – if they are allowed to be used! – is extremely important to note. This year, across the US major fires were not started by natural burn, but because of people being stupid about fire safety, so this is a really important subject. Any campsite will have notices posted and you should be able to locate a local ranger who can give you more information.

Besides being careful about when you have a live fire, the wood that you use from where it comes from to what kinds you are using can have major effects on your burn.

You should always buy your wood locally or as locally as you can. This is because there are parasites, spores, and bugs that all get transported unknowingly with the wood and some of these move harmful ones into an environment they haven’t been before. For example, the trees in the valley have a very specific parasite which is killing our trees; you wouldn’t want to take that up north and infect a new territory.

Be careful about quick-starter logs as well. Some have chemicals that can be harmful to everyone, but especially children, the sick, the pregnant, and the elderly.

The last wood fact you should be aware of is the difference between light and dark wood. Dark wood tends to be less dry – this will not burn as bright but it will burn more slowly. You most likely want this as the secondary base to your fire and shouldn’t be added close to when you have to put out the fire. Light wood burns brighter, faster, and tends to cause more sparks you have to keep track of. This is great for lighting the fire first and on top to increase your visible light, but this should definitely be watched, again, because of sparks!

Some things you should definitely have if you are camping and using any kind of flame are fire extinguishers within reaching distance of where flames may be (more than this if rules say things like one per tent, kitchen, and flame!) and someone watching said fire at all times – and they should know how and the ability to use the extinguisher.

This is all for now, and I am so excited to be headed out – even if I do have so much more work done before we get there!

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California and Campfires