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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): The Shallow End Was Over Four Feet Deep

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Shallow End Was Over Four Feet Deep

Yesterday, I listened to a travel writer peddling her new website. Did we really need yet another travel website? According to her, we did. She recently went on a vacation where she had some pool troubles.

You see, she had booked this resort that touted itself as family friendly and then she got into the much anticipated pool to find the shallow end was over four feet deep. I guess normally, this would not be a problem, but on this trip, she had two little toddlers with her. The poor dears ended up clinging to her the entire vacation time she was in the water. She couldn't swim. She couldn't relax and the pool, which was supposed to be the highlight of the trip, became a big headache for her.

Did this ruin her trip? No, it did not, because she, like the rest of us, made do with the resources she had...BUT, perhaps she wouldn't have picked that particular resort had she known about the pool. How many times has something similar happened to you and your family? I personally can remember repeatedly, carrying a stroller up and down, four flights of stairs in a hotel in Berlin...no elevator...and also running all over a cruise ship in the Caribbean, looking for that slide and kiddie pool...right cruise line, wrong ship!

Now instead of being let down by these vacation hiccups, because they are hiccups...annoying or inconvenient things..just enough not to ruin your vacation...but just enough to get under your skin and not allow you to totally relax and have fun....what if you could foresee some of these hiccups and pick a vacation place by having a bit more information?

This new site apparently picks up the slack where the glitzy brochures and websites leave off. We've seen travel recommendation sites for adults (My favorite, Lonely Planet), detailing the nitty gritty of what it is really like, but we really haven't seen an all inclusive site that talks about it from the kiddie angle.

At the site below, you'll find out the details of what you need to know and sort through the fluff to the good stuff. Read what other parents have to say about the place before you book it. I warn you, it is a fledgling new site, but it's got merit and really is a great idea. If they can tone down some of the advertising and get more meat and potatoes there, it just might work. The site also has the good name of Frommer's stamp of approval. So, if that's any indication of a success rate, then the site will probably grow and flourish. Let me know what you think.

Just Got Back

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Valerie said...

I didn't know about Just got back site. Thanks! We are going up North this summer with three kids under five! I already found some good tips.

January 24, 2008 at 5:49 PM  
Anonymous momofjj said...

I just found another family travel site too. It is FamilyTravelPlanet.com and is written by Jennifer Michaels, the famly travel expert for Visit Florida.com. Not only does she review true family friendly destinations she gives amazing tips on how to pack easily and keep your kids entertained!

January 24, 2008 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Sylvie said...

The site is actually not Justgotback.com, it's WeJustGotBack.com. And it's an awesome resource for families! I've used it to get planning info on about four family trips.

May 31, 2009 at 12:04 AM  

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