5 Tips for Easy Air Travel with Kids

Travel with Children Naomi Mc Laughlan

I have been a frequent flyer my entire life, nationally and internationally, and as I have become a mother early, I can say that for the past 19 years, I have been able to gather some positive and negative experiences when traveling with my three children. Oh boy…like running out of nappies at the airport, because the luggage was already checked in and my baby girl had diarrhea… or having to live in the same cloth for days in a sh** airport hotel, because my luggage got left behind and I had to wait for it to arrive before being able to travel on in West Africa…but also the great ones, for example when my kids enjoyed watching planes take off or meeting highly interesting, lovely people along the journey.

There’s no denying that it has become more and more difficult to fly without running into snags or problems with the airport or the airlines. Enduring the line at the security check point in some airports is enough to put some passengers in a bad mood, especially the little ones ;-).

However, despite all of the inconveniences that come with flying, it is a necessity. There are several things that can be done to make flying easier and more hassle free, and all that is involved is a little bit of common sense and planning.

1. Get to the Airport Early 

Arriving at the airport early is a no-brainer, especially when the airlines tell passengers to arrive at least two hours prior to a flight’s departure time. However, there are many people who refuse to heed this request, and arrive at the airport just several minutes before a flight is scheduled to leave. If there is a line at the check-in counter or at security, this can create a very stressful situation. Not only may the flight be missed, but a new flight must be booked, and the passengers will probably have to travel stand-by on a later flight with no guarantee of a seat until the very last minute.

2. Take a Morning Flight

Leaving on an early flight does not necessarily mean a 4 a.m. flight must be chosen. However, flights that leave first thing in the morning are less likely to be running late, and they are less likely to be affected by weather problems across the country and/or other planes that may be delayed at other airports. Also, if for some reason the first flight of the day is cancelled or delayed, there will probably be several other flights throughout the day that, if necessary, can be taken instead.

3. Try Not to Fly During “Rush Hour” 

Airports, like highways, have rush hours. Typically, rush hour in the morning is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and in the afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. These are the hours when airports are the most crowded with people waiting for flights. Crowds mean longer lines at the security check points, more people in the restrooms, more people waiting in restaurant lines, and more people taking up seats in the waiting areas. Flying at a NON-rush hour time of day can alleviate the need to stand in lines and sit with crowds.

4. Try to Take Non-Stop Flights 

Obviously, when a non-stop flight is taken, there is less risk of being delayed. Taking off and landing both take quite a bit of time, so avoiding having to do this twice is recommended. There will always be destinations when a non-stop flight is not available, but there are plenty of cities where non-stop flights are just as common as those that stop. It may even be worth a few extra dollars to book a non-stop flight to avoid an unneeded hassle and the possibility of being delayed.

5. Book Connections with Enough Time 

If a non-stop flight is not available to a desired destination, make sure to schedule enough time in between flights. When airlines book flights, they often have a layover requirement of 30 or 45 minutes between connections. However, this is often not enough time if the original flight arrives late. In order to avoid this stress, try to schedule connecting flights with at least an hour to spare between the arrival time of the first flight and the departure time of the connecting flight.

Lastly, do not forget to pack as light as possible, because depending where you are heading towards; you will be able to buy most items at your destination, so there is no need to ‘perform heavy lifting’ to get it there.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

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Why Biz Owners need to care about Global Goals

If you are an entrepreneur or business owner, I invite you to check out my #New Book;

How to apply Global Goals to Your Business: The #1 Guide to becoming Greener, Leaner, and more Profitable by applying the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Global Goal Book Cover image

Yes, it is #paper #free available for pre-order for only £2.10 at Amazon UK or Amazon US for only $3.02! It is, of cause, available anywhere in the world, just type in the title in the search bar, when you live somewhere else, and you should be able to order it from there.

 

 

 

 

 


In addition, I have addressed the question ‘WHY’, we all need to care about Global Goals. By the way, if you are not aware of what Global Goals are, please refer to one of my other blog posts on the topic of #GLOBALGOALS, and then come right back!

 

Let me know what you think!

Please LIKE, COMMENT, FOLLOW & SHARE!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

 

How to start a Hermann – A German Culinary Friendship Chain Cake (+Letter) – 31 Day Challenge / Day 12

 

How to Start a Hermann Naomi Mc Laughlan

You may be wondering – What is a ‘Hermann’ exactly?

…Okay, let me start at the beginning…

In West Germany where I grew up, in the early 1980s to the late 1990s, almost everyone I knew either started their own Hermann or was given one by a friend. I was received many by my dear friends too.

Hermann was a liquid, bubbly cake sourdough that came in a Tupperware box, accompanied with a letter of how to look after him. The instructions outlined how to ‘feed’ Hermann and how to bake one and share three, after a ten day ‘growth’ period.

I have honestly no clue who initially came up with the idea and even a Google search did not clarify who the inventor was, although according to Wikipedia it has been around since the 70s and was also called ‘Good Luck Cake’ and ‘Vatican Bread’. But I wasn’t born by then and I have never heard the other two names before, so I cannot account to it 😉 . Anyway I think he or she made thousands of people happy.

Last weekend my kids were super bored and I remembered how much fun I had when I took part in the friendship chain cake, so we started one ourselves.

Use the below ‘Dough Approach’ to start your Hermann and use the below letter to give to your friends 🙂

Herman A German Friendship Chain Cake Naomi Mc Laughlan


 

Hermann Raise and Care Naomi Mc Laughlan

I have created another printable version of this recipe, and the letter so that you can print them out and start giving it to your family, friends and colleagues after starting your own Hermann.

 

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

Human Rights Day 2015 – 31 Day Challenge / Day 10

Human Rights Day 2015 Naomi Mc Laughlan

Today, like every year on December 10th, is Human Rights Day.

The Human Rights Day was first initiated in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to ensure that the rights of every human across the world are protected.

The declaration comprises 30 articles which outline every humans right, including for example basic human needs such as food, water, and housing, as well as the right to education, liberty and security of person, no one shall be held in slavery or servitude and access to free and uncensored information.

Especially considering the current political and social injustices still happening around the world,  it becomes clear that many people still need help to get their needs met, so I believe that the Human Rights Day is a good reminder that we all have to come together and find a way to make it work; locally and globally.

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

I love Sundays – 31 Day Challenge / Day 6

I Love Sundays Naomi Mc Laughlan

I love Sundays, because…

  • It is my one day off in the week (kinda, still need to do the house shores)
  • I can get up (almost) when I want
  • I can spend uninterrupted time with my kids
  • There is no rush
  • I have time to go to the beach for a walk, read a book or cook a three course meal – yes, with desert 😉
  • I can look back at the past week and reflect on what went right and what could have gone better
  • I can make plans for the upcoming week

What do you love about Sundays?

 

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

What does Quality Time look like for you? – 31 Day Challenge / Day 4

It is not Quantity Naomi Mc Laughlan

According to Collins Dictionary (2015) Quality Time means “…people spend quality time together, they spend a period of time relaxing or doing things that they both enjoy, and not worrying about work or other responsibilities.”

Hot Chocolate Naomi Mc LaughlanFor me quality time means spending time with my kids, family members and friends, drink hot white chocolate while reading a new book, a walk on the beach or a holiday somewhere warm (mostly any beach or lake in Ghana, like the pic above).

 

So how does quality time look for you?

If you are like me, it feels like you never get enough, so my newest tech discovery may be of help for you…

The new smartphone ‘QualityTime’ app , created by a team of developers at ZeroDesktop, Inc., based in Silicon Valley, may be the right fix for your lack of quality time.

The app helps you to keep track on how much time you spend on social media and allows you to set alarms to remind you to go on a ‘digital diet’, so that you finally get time to do what you actually want to do.

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

P.S.: By the way, I am not affiliated with ZeroDesktop, but I appreciate their app and the use of it.

 

Develop your mind – 31 Day Challenge / Day 3

As humans Naomi Mc Laughlan

Are you dreaming of learning something new, but there is no time available at this point in time?

If so, you may want to refer back to my last blog post ‘Early starters conquer time – 31 Day Challenge Day 2’.  

As you may already know, I am a HUGE fan of personal and professional development and since leaving school 17 years ago I have been learning and added to my knowledge and skills in vocational and academic courses on a continual basis.

If you believe that learning is expensive, think again and check out this list of #FREE interactive courses you can discover and make use of:

Alison

Alison currently offers 750 online based courses for free, in the following categories:

  • Languages
  • Business and Enterprise Skills
  • School Curriculum
  • Finance & Economic Literacy
  • Digital Literacy & IT Skills
  • Health & Safety & Compliance
  • Health & safety (Irish Legislation only)
  • Personal Development & Soft Skills
  • Health Literacy

Some course providers are British and US based Universities and some courses have been developed and are offered by private learning institutes. While all courses are free, you have the option to get a Diploma for just above £60 or Certificate for about £20 send out to you, after you have completed a minimum of 80% of the course and have passed a number of tests.


 

Creative Life

Creative Life offers several daily live classes and tutorials in the following categories:

  • Photo & Video
  • Art & Design
  • Music & Audio
  • Craft & Maker
  • Money & Life

All live ‘on air’ classes are free of charge and you have the option to pre-register for classes and get a reminder of the upcoming live session. There is also an option to purchase a class after it has been on air, but that is no requirement to take part in any sessions.


 

Future Learn

Future Learn currently offer 58 online based courses, in the following categories:

  • Language & Culture
  • Business & Management
  • Science, Maths & technology
  • Health & Psychology
  • Creative Arts & Media
  • Teaching & Studying

Most courses are offered by British Universities and while all courses are free, you have the option to get a ‘Certificate of Participation’, for just above £30 after you have completed a minimum of 80% of the course and have passed a number of tests.


 

Memrise

Memrise currently offer several hundred online based courses for free, in the following categories:

  • Languages
  • Arts & Literature
  • Maths & Science
  • The Natural World
  • History & Geography
  • Professional & Careers
  • Entertainment
  • Trivia

I love the fact that not only the typical languages (English, Spanish, German etc.) are offered, but also languages like Mandarin Chinese and Japanese and even Ashanti Twi, the language I ‘really’ want to learn to speak, read and write fluently, as I am half Ghanaian 😉


 

Vision2Learn

Vision2Learn currently offer 12 NCFE Level 1 and 2, online based courses for people who are 19 years or older and who live in the EU, in the following categories:

  • Business
  • IT
  • Healthcare

The courses are offered in collaboration with British based colleges. After completion of the online course and passing of written assignments, each participant receives a Certificate free of charge.


If you really have no time to spare to sit down and learn, why not try to enhance your knowledge by listening to an audio book instead?

Amazon.com

Amazon currently offers 27,116 results for “free audio books” in a mix of categories, including:

  • Classic Literature & Fiction
  • Children’s Classics
  • Suspense Thrillers
  • Mythology & Folk Tales
  • Horror Literature & Fiction
  • Literature & Fiction
  • Coming of Age Fiction
  • Sea Stories
  • Children’s Action & Adventure Books
  • Children’s Books

So if you prefer to download and listen to new things, rather than learning at your PC or MAC, this may be the ideal way to listen on your mobile device while you drive, do house shores or lay in bed.

 

Please Like & Share and Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

 

P.S.: By the way, I am not affiliated with any of the course providers mentioned above, and I have sorted them in alphabetical order, as I have no special preferences for any of the courses mentioned.

I find them all to be great, as they offer you and me a learning opportunity in the comfort of our own home at a convenient time, plus being free of charge.