Getting There With Kids In Tow
Things actually didn’t start off too hot – I had to pay an additional fee to have my 7-year-old daughter sit next to my on the WestJet flight from LAX (Los Angeles) to YVR (Vancouver, Canada). It was non-negotiable and it was not cheap. I was tied to that airline, so didn’t have the option to use another. I wish I could say the experience was a one-off, but on another recent flight on US Airways, I paid $238 over the ticket amount to sit with my daughter from LAX to Michigan – sadly, these fees are apparently becoming the industry norm. We had a layover and, therefore, there was an additional fee for each leg of the journey. Not cool.
Starting Point – Vancouver
The family adventure started with a night’s stay in Vancouver, Canada. If you’re on limited time and traveling with kids in Vancouver, I’d head to Stanley Park to explore the 1,000 acres of rainforest that includes sports complexes, local artwork, a miniature train, dining, and a pool among many other facilities and events. The park sits on the northwestern edge of downtown Vancouver and is a natural haven for locals and travelers alike.