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    Flying Norwegian Airlines with kids

    It's time to make an updated review of Norwegian Airlines. In the winter time I was having a difficult time booking Markus a seat without all the extras - and it did cause me a little bit of a headache that Norwegian didn't have a better system in place. Well, that's water under the bridge now. This last trip to Denmark was also with Norwegian and I must say I'm very happy with them. (Following is a lengthy and several slightly boring paragraphs about the trip. You can skip to the bottom for the recap! ;)) It made me feel so good leading up to the day of departure that…

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    Planning a trip with a toddler

    (This blog was first posted on my personal blog, iloveny.dk) Can you believe it? This Danish woman who didn’t travel to Denmark for over 5 years after she moved to NYC is now going to travel to Denmark for the 2nd time within 8 months!!??? As you may be aware – I took my son to Denmark back in March. Then back to NYC in May to take care of business … but am now heading back to Denmark on November 30th! I’m excited – though I ended up spending more money on the ticket that what I though I was going to. See, what happened was I had been…

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    Contemplating a trip again

    Alright, so it's been some months since we went to Denmark. And Germany. And no blog posts yet. It's not cool - but I did Instagram our trip on @travelingwithmarkus account. Now, back in New York City to resolve some things before planning the next trip. As an travel entrepreneur you really CAN get it both ways. I've never been on a cruise. Unless you'll count the DFDS Seaways Cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo, Norway when I was a kid. That's an option. I also been dreaming about doing it the Amtrak way, for a long time. Before Markus was born. He turned 1 this past Thursday, is it time…

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    Norwegian – Making it a little harder to bring your kid

    Dear Norwegian Airlines, I've decided to write this blog post as a letter to you. I hope you find it well-meaning but also encouraging to make changes. As a traveling mother and tourism entrepreneur I have needs that I'd like to be met when purchasing my airfare and you almost lost me as a customer. I've flown twice cross-country with my infant, Markus, utilizing the services of Jetblue. They're my favorite for various reasons but they don't fly to Europe. And I was planning a trip to Denmark, after more than 5 years away. I'm adamant about getting a seat for my child after experiencing one horrible plane ride with…

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    Getting passport for baby + mommy

    On Friday Markus turns 6 months old. He's already been cross country twice in his life. Both trips to California. But now, it's time for some international traveling with baby. I'm a permanent resident (Green Card holder) in USA and a citizen of Denmark. My passport expired this summer - oops! My son is automatically a dual citizen so making a passport for him is easy. We just went to the nearest passport acceptance facility and 1-2-3 had the application filled out and they even took the photo of him. I had to go to the Consulate of Denmark but thankfully that's in New York so it was just a…

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    P.S. Walk With Me – A walking tour in Palm Springs

    Since my last post giving you a taste of the history in Palm Springs I went on a walking tour with a guide named Jade Nelson. He’s the owner of the walking tour business: www.pswalkwithme.com and I took contact with him after being recommended his tours. An early Saturday morning (8:50am), I met with him and 5 other guests in the courtyard of ‘The Corridor’ – (a must-hang-out-and-drink-a-coffee-spot) The tour is called “The Legendary Las Palmas” tour and was the perfect choice since I hadn’t explored this part of town yet. Jade started the tour right away telling us about a nearby church. The tour went on for about 2.5…

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    Palm Springs History

    When you think about Palm Springs, you may think 60s style and colorful atmosphere. But, as a NYC Licensed tour guide and a sucker for history and “old days” I had to find out more of the history of Palm Springs. Downtown Palm Springs, on South Palm Canyon Drive at the Village Green, you’ll find the historical society and the two museums they manage and some other buildings worth visiting as well. The two buildings that now serves as museums are the oldest ones standing in Palm Springs today. There’s the McCallum Adobe house from 1884, and the Cornelia White house from 1893. Both have free entrances but please consider…

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    Palm Springs Village Fest

    Every Thursday, downtown Palm Springs turns into a "street fair featuring arts, crafts, foods and entertainment" - and it's so much fun! I've experienced it a couple of times before so obviously we went again. Walking through the streets along with the many, many other locals and visitors alike looking at interesting displays with locally grown foods, handmade jewelry, arts and clothing. Listening to local musicians. Buying snacks and making small talk with different sellers. Also - most retailers as well as restaurants are open so you'll have a chance to check that out too. There's a sense of "small-town" and you feel the community getting together. It's really cozy…

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    Baby’s First Flight

    After getting through the packing, getting to the airport, through security and onto the plane - the real worry started: How was baby gonna act during this long flight? The flight attendants had been beyond helpful and I was able to get the whole, left last row for myself and Markus. The car seat got buckled up in the window seat with him in it and I sat in the middle. Markus was curious! He has this cute sound he does, when he's eager .. and he kept saying it while looking everywhere around him. That made mommy's heart happy. The plane started taxiing and since it was around 7PM…

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    The Big Travel Day

    The day has arrived. It's now November 14, 2016 and it's 6:15 AM. We're traveling out of JFK, New York in about 12.5 hours and how much packing and preparing have I done? ... I did laundry yesterday. I've ALWAYS been like that. Always packed the night before, always run around last minute to get my tooth brush or passport. You know, the essentials. However, I never forgot anything and it was actually the best way for me to mentally get prepared. Because I was READY with adrenaline pumping at the airport. READY to TRAVEL! Initially I'd assume that it's not gonna work like that at all with an infant…