Planning a Trip of a Lifetime

I had a friend ask me recently, “Why don’t you start posting more about your life on your blog? I miss that!”  Really? I’m that interesting? No, I know that’s not what she meant, but I guess I understand because I love keeping in touch with my friends by reading up on what has been happening on their own blogs. And, after all, a BLOG is a weblog. So, here I go. I might try to post a personal-type post once a week, then, along with a tutorial (as soon as I start thinking up new ones) and free printables on Fridays (and boy, tomorrow’s is a good one!).

China. That has been a huge focus of my life right now. We are going there – with the kids, the cousins, and the grandparents. Why? My handsome brother in law has married a gorgeous Chinese gal and they will be having their reception there in April. They had their Canadian reception already and I got to finally meet and get to know my new sister-in-law. It was a fun weekend.

Ok, so back to China. This is a big deal for me….I have never flown on an airline flight before, and starting out with CHINA is a biggie. I mean, something like 12 hours on a plane (between the flights from here, to Vancouver, then to Shanghai) with kids sounds like something akin to torture….BUT we are trying to plan for most of the inevitables. We got immunized…

  • We got our passports and Chinese Visas
  • We have our plane tickets
  • We changed over some money:
  • We have our travel blankets, pillows, and eye covers, as well as our ipods, iphones, ear phones, chargers, and all things distracting.
  • We all have comfortable walking shoes, cameras, umbrellas (the kind that fold flat – nice!), backpacks, and notebooks to record our daily journies.
 Beyond that, we are focusing on packing, figuring out what snacks to bring, and how many suitcases are allowed on the plane. It’s crazy! Who knew there was so much involved in going on a trip to China?

We plan to see the sights…the great wall, tianeman square, the forbidden city, the terracotta wariors, and more! It will be extra nice to have a tour guide who is fluent in English and Mandarin. It’s nice to have a smart brother-in-law 🙂 I’m excited, nervous, anxious, elated…I am feeling it all.
So, any tips? Like I said, air travel is new to me, and I’m sure I’m missing some things. I’d love you experienced fliers to help me out with some travel tips. I could use the help!