Admittedly, I wasted two hours yesterday morning trying to figure out a way to travel from Los Angeles to Iceland on WOW Air during a flash fare sale. One problem: the baby does not have his passport yet.
Hindsight is 20-20 but I figured we had plenty of time to get little Augustine his passport before our spring trip to Germany. But then a $249 r/t fare to Iceland sprang up — non-stop from Los Angeles — and we were left scrambling. I have yet to see the Northern Lights and the thought of a few days taking in the Northern Lights and relaxing in Icelandic spas was extremely appealing. The Hilton Reykjavik even had a great cash + points offer available. I could fly coach 9hrs for this…
But what about the baby?
Paying a same-day rush fee for the baby’s passport would be idiotic. It would entirely offset the savings of this cheap fare. So I initially reached out to my parents to see if they were interested in taking him for a few days.
My mother, in the nicest way possible, told me to go fly a kite. My parents adore the little one — as long as they can give him back after a few hours. Isn’t that the great thing about being grandparents?
Ultimately, my parents did not refuse, it was just more of a “well, if we have to we will but please don’t make us…” sort of response. My mother “warned” me that when I was eight months old my father dragged her to Disney World in Orlando and left me with Grandma. She claimed she could not enjoy the time away because she worried about me the entire weekend.
So I looked into going later in the year, but a quick trip in May defeats the Northern Lights objective, something my wife also wanted to see. I probably would have booked it anyway, but by that time all the April/May cheap fares had been booked by others.
In the end, I let the fare sale pass. Nothing was booked.
We will return to Germany this summer for a family event and here’s my thought: a scenic return home via Greenland and Iceland. Air Greenland has an A330 from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq each day that would get us to Greenland. After some time in Greenland we could fly to Iceland before flying non-stop back to LAX on WOW Air.
Of course the baby will be with us, but if we take it easy each day it should be manageable. We can go hiking with him strapped on to us! Journeying to the land of the midnight sun is a totally different experience than darkness and Northern Lights, though, and we had talked about traveling in the opposite direction after Germany. This will not be an easy decision unless another cheap fare surfaces.
Traveling Without the Baby
I look forward to trips with my wife without the baby. I think those are not only appropriate, but vital. But a spur of the moment Iceland trip seems just a bit too much a bit too early. He’s only a few months old.
One day Augustine will see the world and I cannot wait to show it to him. At this tender age, he really cannot appreciate it and though he’s still a cheap travel companion (as a lap infant), his company on a vacation would primarily be so that we could properly care for him and avoid placing a burden on others.
I know there must be many of you with families out there. How did you do it? When was the first time you traveled with your spouse alone after the birth of your first child? I’m very curious.