TimesSquareAtNightIn two days, I will get on an airplane and fly from Michigan to New York City for a 3-day weekend. Which is going to be a lot of fun, but isn’t a completely odd occurrence since I was in NYC twice earlier this year for blogging events or conferences. In fact, I’m greatly looking forward to visiting the city again – especially when it’s not quite so hot out!

No, what’s going to be different about this particular trip is that I will have my two oldest daughters with me. I’m not sure what they’re more thrilled about – visiting the Big Apple with me, or flying on airplanes to get there and back. While they both have flown before, it was when they were quite small (3 years old and 1-1/2 years old), and they don’t remember any of that previous trip at all. They also haven’t traveled outside of Michigan in (their) recent memory either, so this will be completely new for them altogether.

Saying that my daughters’ level of excitement is through the roof is a bit of an understatement. The trip is all they’ve been talking about for the past couple of weeks. And I definitely am a bit on the excited side myself.  🙂

Over the years I’ve mostly traveled by myself – back before I had kids, and then several times for work afterward. And when I have traveled with my kids it’s usually been short trips close to home, or my husband is with us to share the responsibility. Traveling alone with a 9-year-old and an (almost) 8-year-old is going to be a much different experience. The girls are old enough now that keeping them quiet and amused on the plane shouldn’t be an issue. I don’t anticipate temper tantrums or meltdowns. Instead I’m looking forward to being able to share experiences and build memories with the girls that they will hopefully treasure for many years to come.

Not having flown or vacationed in the city with older children before, I’m looking forward to experiencing it all through fresh eyes. No, I won’t be able to sit buried in a favorite novel during the flights. And my hotel room won’t be an oasis of quiet where I can relax and enjoy kid-free time while I’m away. But I don’t care, because I can’t wait to see what my kids think of everything they see and do – and hopefully they’ll end up loving New York City (and traveling!) just as much as their mother does.

Does anyone have any good tips for flying or traveling with older kids? We’re planning on bringing lots to do on the planes and they each have a notebook to journal in, but I’d love any other ideas you might have!

AHAtBeachMy two older girls at the beach last summer