Avoid jet lag and stay well during holiday travel

With the holiday travel season gearing up, families can be concerned with staying well while traveling. The news channels report a variety of concerns about specific illnesses. While some specific concerns may be heightened unnecessarily, some health concerns are realistic. Staying well during holiday travel is a priority for families. Here are a few thoughts that could help your family while traveling.

Stay well while traveling

Stay well while traveling

While not an illness, jet lag can cause problems during family travels. The tired, lethargic feeling can lead into a general unwell feeling. Fighting jet lag isn’t that difficult.

According to experts, moisture loss is the number one cause of jet lag. Did you know the following fact? In the US, the average relative humidity in the morning is around 78%, which humidity on a commercial aircraft falls between 10-15%. To put this concept in perspective, the average humidity of the Sahara desert is 25%, which is 10% more than it is on a plane. The environment on an airplane can worse symptoms of jet lag.

Knowing these facts, travelers can adapt to the situation in several ways. First, travelers are encouraged to stay hydrated while traveling. Drinking plenty of water or water soluble foods can keep a person’s system in optimum levels. Even with increased hydration, travelers can lose moisture. Every time a person breathes, she loses moisture on an exhale. Low humidity levels in a person can dry nasal passages, which can affect the immune system and put a person at greater susceptibility for infection.

While parents may not want to use a personal mask while traveling, these devices can help combat pollution and viruses. If you are traveling on a plane, consider increasing the airflow around yourself. A strong, steady stream of air between yourself and other passengers can carry airborne particles away from you.

A simple option to decrease the spread of germs is to wipe all surfaces with an antibacterial wipe. From seats to trays, every surface can carry germs. Reducing the germs on surfaces can decrease the spread to yourself. If your family is traveling this holiday season, a plan to combat jet lag and stay well during the time away from home can be key to a successful trip. Whether you increase your vitamin intake or take other precautions, the important factor is to understand the environment and the impact it has on your health.

Do you have any travel tips on staying well and/or combating jet lag?? Share your thoughts in the comments section. cristine-vm-signature

Kings Dominion Halloween Fun!

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Dinosaurs Alive at Kings Dominion

We had a blast yesterday at Kings Dominion! The weather was perfect, the park was not crowded, and the Halloween decorations were awesome! With two young boys we just had to walk through the Dinosaurs Alive Exhibit. Tickets are really inexpensive making this a nice extra activity while you are at the park. We had been through Dinosaurs Alive before but this time we were so thrilled to see that many of the dinosaurs were dressed in Halloween costumes. My boys just loved seeing the giant dinosaurs dressed as clowns, witches, ninjas, and even a cow. The costumes were clever and well done. On Saturdays and Sundays through Nov 2nd your little ghosts and goblins can trick or treat their way through the Dinosaurs Alive attraction. Be sure to check out all the other Halloween activities for children here. Activities include a petting zoo, corn maze, and our personal favorite a foam pit.

Planet Snoopy

It has been at least a year maybe two years since we had been to Kings Dominion and I have to say I was very impressed with all the new rides they have added to the children’s section Planet Snoopy aka Planet Spooky during the Halloween season. It was great before but now it is really awesome! It is always hard for us since our boys are 4 and 9 to keep them both happy at an amusement park but Kings Dominion has solved that problem for us with all the family friendly rides and attractions. There are over 20 rides in the Planet Snoopy section of the park.   Some of our favorite rides in Planet Snoopy are Lucy’s Tugboat, Snoopy’s Junction, and the Linus Launcher. Our absolute favorite rides were the two junior roller coasters, The Great Pumpkin Coaster and the Woodstock Express. These two coasters are super fun and a terrific way to build confidence and excitement in young riders as they gather the courage to ride some of the bigger coasters. After riding the Wooodstock Express my nine year old was ready to try some bigger rides.

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Family Fun at Kings Dominion

So onto bigger rides we went! If you are looking for a good transition from kiddie roller coasters to the big guys then look no further. The Avalanche at Kings Dominion is perfect. It is such a smooth ride and so much fun that your children will be ready to ride some bigger coasters in no time. Little ones as short as 40 inches can ride with a parent which really made my four year old feel like a big kid. This ride is like riding a bobsled, fast and fun without the ice. This ride continues to be a family favorite. You gotta make sure you don’t miss it though as it is tucked away towards the back of the park so add it to your must do list before heading to the park. Check out the park map here. Outside of Planet Snoopy, our top 5 favorite family rides are the Avalanche, the Bad Apple, The Flying Eagles, the Scrambler, and the Shenendoah Lumber Company.

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Halloween Haunt

I would be remiss if I did not talk about the roller coasters. I have ridden every coaster in the park and have to say that my favorite is the Anaconda. I am hoping that the next time we go to the park that my 9 yr old son will be brave enough to ride it with me. I am very proud to say that yesterday he did ride some pretty big roller coasters from a 9 yr old perspective. After building his confidence on the Woodstock Express and Avalanche, he decided to tackle the Rebel Yell and then proceeded to ride on every wooden coaster in the park including the Grizzly and the Hurler.

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The last thing I would like to share with you is the seriously scary side of Kings Dominion during the Halloween season. Perfect for a date night or a mom’s night out, after dark the park is not for the feint of heart. Prepare to be scared! With live performances, seven scare zones, and 9 horrifying mazes you are guaranteed a night of frightful fun! This is also your chance to be a kid again and ride all the roller coasters! Get ready to scream!

Disclosure: Our tickets to Kings Dominion were provided courtesy of Kings Dominion Youth Program but all opinions are my own.

Cruising on Route 66

On our way to Sedona, Arizona we stopped in Williams to take the Grand Canyon Railway’s train to the Grand Canyon. Since, we live in Los Angeles it is an easy one day drive. We took I-40 to get there and drove near Route 66. I had remembered the train from my childhood when my parents took my sister and I.

Route 66
As we drove along I-40 there wasn’t a lot to see. The miles added up and we drove through areas that reminded us of Radiator Springs from Cars. And like so many of the people in the Cars movie do we drove right by all the little towns. Never stopping to see what was on the old historic Route 66.

We arrived in Williams, Arizona, the last town I-40 bypassed in October of 1984, and after checking in to our hotel decided to go to town for dinner and check out the Historic Route 66. The neon signs still light up the night sky on that historic road. There was a diner, a small mom and pop restaurant and other stores lined the street. Historical markers let you know where you were (Route 66). It was like going back in time. A small little oasis in the middle of the desert. It made me reminisce about what the little town looked like in it heyday.

Route 66
The next day we got up early and headed to Grand Canyon Railroad Station in downtown Williams. We could not wait for the train’s departure and after shoot out and we heard the all aboard. We made our way to our train car and settled in.

Read more about Airman2Mom train ride to the Grand Canyon from Williams here.

Kings Dominion Homeschool Days!!!

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Kings Dominion Homeschool Days

I am not sure about the rest of the United States, but here in Virginia fall means Halloween fun at all the amusement parks. One of the best parks to go to on the weekends in October is Kings Dominion. Every year they go all out with decorations and activities. During the day the park is not scary in consideration of the younger children. Which is great because they can still experience all the excitement of Halloween without being scared. This weekend, Friday Oct 10th through Monday Oct 13th is the weekend of  Kings Dominion Homeschool Days with special rates for Richmond  homeschool families. Simply use the code HOMESCHOOL14 when ordering your tickets online to take advantage of the discounted pricing. Be sure to check out park hours here before you buy so you can pick the best day and time since the hours vary by day. We are heading to the park soon and will post lots of pictures and tips for your day at the park based on our experience. Ride On!

Point Vicente Lighthouse


Finding something cheap to do in the Los Angeles area is not easy and then when you do find something that is inexpensive there is often a parking cost that goes with the outing that makes the budget friendly adventure not so friendly. My husband and I discovered something not only free to do, but with free parking as well.

Point Vicente Lighthouse

The Coast Guard opens the Point Vicente Lighthouse to the public the second Saturday of every month (except March, where it is open the 1st Saturday to coincides with Rancho Palos Verdes’ Whale of a Day Festival). There is a small museum inside and you can climb the steps to the top of the lighthouse (children under 7 are not permitted in the lighthouse).

Point Vicente Lighthouse

Point Vicente Lighthouse is located next to the Rancho Palos Verde Interpretive Center and park. The Center is also free and has a number exhibits ranging from marine life to the cultural history of the Palos Verdes peninsula with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. The Center also offers tours inside the museum and lead several hikes each year through out the Peninsula. The park is open daily from dawn til dusk and the Center is open from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information check out their website.

point vicente lighthouse

The views from the cliffs are beautiful and the park is often full of picnic baskets and blankets and people running and playing. This is a premier spot for watching the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April. Pets are permitted if on a leash and no fires are allowed. This is a great Saturday adventure for any family.