We do not have many relatives in the San Francisco bay area. So we either spend time with my family in Los Angles, or join other friends’ Thanksgiving celebrations in the area. Unintentionally, we’ve created our own Chinese-American Thanksgiving tradition.
The holiday season is around the corner and it’s time to meet our family and friends. Many of us will be traveling out of the country, and some of us might be traveling alone with kids. Therefore, if you are traveling alone and need a helping hand, consider hiring a travel companion. There are many steps to getting ready for your trip. These include planning the trip, purchasing tickets, making reservations and finally packing. In addition, if you are traveling with kids then you need to do some extra planning.
When the grandchildren are American-born, everyone in the family needs to figure out a way to bridge the cultural divide. Culture does not pass down through the DNA. Rather, it is more about sharing the same cultural environment. Spending time together is the best way to get to know each other, seed your grains of values and ethics slowly one at a time. You don’t need an extravagant vacation; it is more about quality time together. Conversations about daily life, school, work and friends do not seem to be very exciting, but it is the foundation for building a relationship over time.
International travel can be tiring and exhausting especially if you are traveling alone with kids. Last year I traveled with my 7-month old infant daughter, and later realized that maybe I could have packed some snacks to make my trip even more worry free. I have shared with you my experience of traveling with small children in my last blog, see https://tripcompanion.com/blog/traveling-with-small-children/, so let’s discuss the variety of kid-friendly snacks we can carry on flights.
Unless you are lucky enough to be traveling in first or business class, you’ll probably find most in-flight meals and snacks are not very appetizing. On some long haul US domestic flights no meal at all is provided. In that case, you need to bring your own food or make a purchase before you board.
My trip back to the USA through the Narita International Airport (Terminal 1) was very nice!
For those with a long layover in the terminal, Terminal 1 offers some nice amenities, such as free access to power (got to charge those devices!), pay phones, free Wi-Fi, good souvenir shopping, fresh food, massage chairs at the gates, fabulously clean restrooms and special rooms for families/medical needs, and a properly smokey (and fairly crowded) smoker’s room.
Stuck at home? You don’t have to be bored. If you are stuck because you don’t have a car or you are visiting family in the USA, perhaps you could walk, bike, skateboard, or try public transportation? The Bay Area has all kinds of travel options. Trying something new can be quite refreshing and fun.
However, if you have other things holding you back, such as a medical condition that means you have to stay at home or if leaving the house is such a burden that going out is not fun or restful, then check out these ideas to pass the time.
Not sure what to do when parents are visiting the USA or when you have long term house guests and a limited budget? Let the Internet help you find practical activities to keep everyone entertained. Today’s list includes some by yourself and outdoor activities, too.
Diwali (”The Festival of Lights”) is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated throughout the globe. If you are planning to travel to India during Diwali, you will experience lots of fun and excitement. During Diwali, all of India is decorated with lights. People worship the Goddess Lakshmi (Hindu Goddess of wealth), light firecrackers, wear new clothes, and exchange gifts and sweets. Diwali is the time when families and friends meet, and if you are planning to visit India during Diwali, here are some tips for you.
Entertaining guests from out of town or parents visiting the USA can be costly, but with little effort you can find many free and low cost activities. Initially I had long term guests in mind when I compiled this list, but these events and places are great for everybody!