Travel Tuesday: What are The Best Days to Fly?

BY: - 6 Nov '12 | Home

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The holidays are coming and everyone is looking for ways to save money while planning the family holiday vacation. When it comes to booking airfare and flights, we are taught that the best days to fly and save on airfare are usually Thursdays and Sundays. Airlines will not tell you this but there are actually four days that are the best cost effective days to fly.

The first-best day to fly is Thanksgiving Day. You’re thinking that it’s the busiest day of the holiday travel season which is true but it is one of the best days to travel because airfare rates go back down to pre-holiday rates. The next best day to fly is December 18th which is the last day before the Christmas week rate hikes go into full effect.

There are two non-holiday days that are also great days to fly. If you are dreaming of a European vacation, March 20th should be your departure date. That’s the day before flights to Europe jump in price by 20%! Our fourth-best day to fly is June 3rd. June 3rd is the absolute best day to book great prices on flights from the west coast to Singapore on Singapore Airlines new airbus.

If you haven’t booked a holiday flight and you can be flexible with your travel dates, consider booking a flight on Thanksgiving Day or December 18th. If you are planning a spring break or summer vacation, please consider March 20th or June 3rd. It’s always better to be in the know before you go. If you can’t travel on these days, remember to shop around for the best deals on flights. Visit sites like Kayak.com, Travelocity.com, Orbitz.com and Expedia.com and you’ll be sure to find the best available prices on flights to your favorite destinations.

Happy Holiday Travels!

By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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  • Kirstin (The Travelin Diva)

    Don’t know if I would want to fly on an actual holiday, but its good to know that the cheapest days to fly. :-)

My Husband Treats My Son Like a Step-child

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For years now I’ve been feeling like my husband treats our son differently than he does the other kids, like a step-child. For all practical purposes, my son really is his step-son…my son is from a previous relationship and we now have two daughters together. I have, at times, criticized my husband for the way he speaks to my son. On numerous occasions, I’ve voiced that he speaks too harshly and that he should soften up a bit. In contrast, he seems to handle our daughters with kid gloves and speaks in a much softer tone always. Of course, they are considerably younger than my son, but it still made me feel uneasy at times. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to tell my husband how much this was bothering me, and had been for so long. It was then that he explained to me and admitted that he does treat my son differently than our other children.

He began to tell me that no matter how hard I tried, I could never teach a boy how to be a man. He further explained to me that the fact that he uses a firm tone with our son has nothing to do with him being his step-son. He would be the same way if he had his own biological son…”it’s just what guys do.” He said that one of the many roles as a father is to teach their son how to be a “hunter” and that he refuses to raise a lazy or worthless young man. I appreciated the way he broke down to me why he treats the girls the way that he does. So eloquently, he said he wants them to understand and to know what its like to be treated with respect at all times and that its his job to be their first love. His exact words were, “Let me spoil them so that I can set the bar high and there will be few [men] that will be able to compete.”

After the explanation of why my husband treated our son and daughters differently, I feel very foolish. I feel like I questioned his actions and his character – the man that I chose to marry. How could I do that? I know he loves and cares about my son. How could I question this? Without beating myself up over it, I simply took my protective mother blinders off and began to open my eyes and realize that God had blessed me with an insightful, compassionate man to help me raise our children. Even though our roles cross and merge from time to time, I get it now. I understand better that my role is to also be a leader, but provide them with love and the nurturing that only a mother can provide. To also be admired by our children and set the standards high for my son, so he’ll know what to look for in his future wife. I have the soft voice that our son needs to hear, as well as the loving arms he needs to embrace him and to provide the balance that he needs. For my daughters, I thank God for the Daddy’s girls that my husband has created as I continue show them how to be little ladies.

So, yes it is a known fact that my husband treats our son differently than he does the girls, but after hearing and understanding that my husband’s intentions are sincere and seeing the amazing children that we are rearing together, I’m grateful for the difference!

BMWK – Have you ever questioned how your spouse treats/disciplines your kids (their step-kids?)  How did you handle this in your family?  How do you handle differences in disciplinary styles in your family?

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Sheree Adams wrote 117 articles on this blog.

Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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