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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2013, 02:06:27 AM »
Great stuff. Now I gotta get my wife to read it ;)
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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2013, 03:34:47 AM »
unbelieveable! i wish i could plan a vacation like that!! how much do you charge to plan a trip like that?

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2013, 04:11:02 AM »
Truly awesome, thanks for posting. Where did you get the Porsche from?

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2013, 04:37:22 AM »
unbelieveable! i wish i could plan a vacation like that!! how much do you charge to plan a trip like that?

The amount of time, that goes into planning a trip like this... cant even count. So its really only worth it for ones own trip, as if someone would charge for it, for most people its way to much
Sure, you can plan it within 2-3 hours, if Budget is not a issue. But if you want miles flights, points hotels, discounts on all activities....then it just takes alot of research and effort

One of the reasons my wife like to go on such trips with me, she knows everything is planned perfect and we travel comfortable and stay at nice places. There are no screw ups. The only way of doing this with some sort of a budget, is spending alot of time researching everything. With everything I mean

- how long are the drives
- look into babysitter services before, so I have some quality time with my wife or do some activities that the kids cant do
- what food can I get at what destination
- get a healthy mix of stuff that interest adults and kids
..... and much more

For all the new DDF members here a link to my other big tripreports, both of them without kids, but you can see it was planned to the last detail

China

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1752.15

Maldives and Dubai

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8423.msg122511#msg122511
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8423.msg228118#msg228118






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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2013, 04:56:01 AM »
Something else, I would like to add, that is very important on long flights with kids. I think this will make a huge difference: Make sure they are kept busy, if they are board they get quetshy and then the wife gets unhappy and a nice trip turns into a pain in the a.. shlep. If they are busy, the parents can also relax on the flights, watch a movie and everyone loves it.

A PSP (playstation portable) doesnt cost alot. Kids, especially boys love it. Now if they can play with it every day its nothing special anymore and after a hour they get board. So I only give it to them for trips and its really special for them and they can be busy with it for 12 hours, np. We do this for long car rides (2 hours+ and flights) We travel to Israel alot. With easyjet its cheap from Switzerland and friends ask how can you do this with your kids, my kids are impossible on flights. The wait in the airport and the flights... For us its really not a issue, because the kids love it, as they know finally another chance to play with the PSP.

Another part, that makes its easier each kid has their own little carry on 

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Before the flight we will fill it with sandwiches, nosh and other goodies. The kids know, this is their personal food that has to last for the flight, so they dont come every 2 minutes to the parents: I am hungrrrrryyyyy 
Once again its a small thing, but it makes a big difference

I am not saying all kids are the same, but with mine these 2 things make a 10 hour flight easier then watching them at home for 10 hours :-)

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2013, 05:26:17 AM »
do the other passengers get upset with all the noise the psp gives off? do they wear headphones?

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2013, 05:53:27 AM »
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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2013, 08:22:32 AM »
Ur massive!!! ur a genius flyer :)

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2013, 10:07:02 AM »
The amount of time, that goes into planning a trip like this... cant even count. So its really only worth it for ones own trip, as if someone would charge for it, for most people its way to much
Sure, you can plan it within 2-3 hours, if Budget is not a issue. But if you want miles flights, points hotels, discounts on all activities....then it just takes alot of research and effort

One of the reasons my wife like to go on such trips with me, she knows everything is planned perfect and we travel comfortable and stay at nice places. There are no screw ups. The only way of doing this with some sort of a budget, is spending alot of time researching everything. With everything I mean

- how long are the drives
- look into babysitter services before, so I have some quality time with my wife or do some activities that the kids cant do
- what food can I get at what destination
- get a healthy mix of stuff that interest adults and kids
..... and much more

For all the new DDF members here a link to my other big tripreports, both of them without kids, but you can see it was planned to the last detail

China

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1752.15

Maldives and Dubai

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8423.msg122511#msg122511
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8423.msg228118#msg228118






In my family I am the wife and the trip planner!!!!! My husband comes along, but if I wouldn't plan it it wouldn't happen.

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2013, 10:41:30 AM »
Nice trip report!!! Your English is excellent. ;D :P

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #40 on: June 27, 2013, 11:23:18 AM »
i also pack up the kids with their own bag of food and nosh
additionally i put in, notebook with stickers, crayons and markers. travel games (guess who, trouble)
small easy games/crafts
tried once play dough - kept kids entertained, but made a mess on the plane

and of course laptop, dvd player... with adapter to allow for 2 headphones

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #41 on: June 27, 2013, 11:33:07 AM »
Great TR! You are an inspiration to all travelling parents out there...

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #42 on: June 27, 2013, 11:41:53 AM »
notebook with stickers, crayons and markers. travel games (guess who, trouble)

You don't know Chuchem's boys...
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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #43 on: June 27, 2013, 12:11:22 PM »
You don't know Chuchem's boys...

Yep the people that spend a Shabbes by me know them :-)

All these toys keep them busy, but for a very limited time, a PSP or IPAD the flight could take 48 hours

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Re: traveling to Hawaii with 4 kids on 9 flights, crossing 12 time zones
« Reply #44 on: June 27, 2013, 03:15:17 PM »
Excellent TR!

Thanks for taking the time to write it up.

My favorite part was, by far, the porsche convertible + plane lessons + tierra sur.

Just the right amount of driving to enjoy the porsche, crazy fun activity, and then ending the day by enjoying one of the finest kosher restaurants. A day, indeed.

The amount of time, that goes into planning a trip like this... cant even count. So its really only worth it for ones own trip, as if someone would charge for it, for most people its way to much
Sure, you can plan it within 2-3 hours, if Budget is not a issue. But if you want miles flights, points hotels, discounts on all activities....then it just takes alot of research and effort

One of the reasons my wife like to go on such trips with me, she knows everything is planned perfect and we travel comfortable and stay at nice places. There are no screw ups. The only way of doing this with some sort of a budget, is spending alot of time researching everything. With everything I mean

- how long are the drives
- look into babysitter services before, so I have some quality time with my wife or do some activities that the kids cant do
- what food can I get at what destination
- get a healthy mix of stuff that interest adults and kids
..... and much more

All I can say say + a bajillion.

The amount of time spent to plan these trips is enormous, but as you say, that's the only way my wife trusts me enough to go half way across the world without knowing details.

Well done, mate.
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