I Won't Be Home For The Holidays
A woman gives birth on a flight to North Carolina, a couple of cruisers get held hostage at a hospital in Mexico, and not everyone’s going home for the holidays.
We wondered if the baby born on a jetway in Charlotte-Douglas International Airport last month was unusual. Thankfully for all involved, births on and around planes are rare. But when they occur, the stories are pretty memorable.
JetBlue renamed the plane after a woman gave birth on board earlier this year. A mama on a 2016 Jetstar flight from Singapore reversed the honor. She had her son on the plane and named her baby after the airline. (And scored some baby stuff for her considerable trouble.)
But personally, we'd rather be the baby boy born on a Jet Airways flight from Saudi Arabia to India in 2017. That little dude scored free flights for life. (Jealous.)
Travel restrictions for pregnant women can vary widely from airline to airline, from no restrictions until it's practically your due date to no travel permitted. The two guides below offer a good overview, but if you're pregnant or planning to be, please check with the airlines you're considering flying with before booking a flight. Policies can change.
Interview: Katie Quinn
Video creator, cookbook author and the host of the Keep It Quirky Podcast joins us to talk about her escapades abroad during Christmas and how you can pull this off yourself. And yes, she includes tips about managing the nostalgia and explaining this to your family members who might be baffled by this bold break from tradition.
This article lays out some solid tips for booking a holiday vacation on and around Christmas and New Year's. Traveling on and around paid holidays can maximize your vacation days. And it's important to remember that are some healthy, perfectly valid reasons people don't go home for the holidays.
If you need ideas, here are a bunch of solid links to jump-start your vacation dreaming.
And yes Joe, there are lots of great Hanukkah destinations too.
Would you ever travel during the holidays? Why or why not?
What's your dream destination and why?
Actor-director-producer-multiple hyphenate Tyler Perry proved he's an excellent human being when he paid a hospital bill for a couple so they could leave Mexico last month. The pair reports that the powers that be at Carnival covered their bill as well. The couple has also gone out of their way to thank everybody, say they're totally traveling again asap and to give a shout-out to the good people of Mexico.
Aw. #HolidayGoals all around.
Also, Alicia was incorrect in her guess about what Tyler Perry's character Madea's name stands for. It's actually short for "mother, dearest" and is commonly used in the American South. You learn something new every day.
Speaking of learning something new, we're sending you off into the holiday season with a little extra language love in as many languages as our overloaded little brains can hold. Tell us your favorite holiday greetings and we'll add them to the list. (Confession alert: We just did the ones we could pronounce with some semblance of accuracy.)
God Jul (Norwegian)
Joyeux Noël (French)
Feliz Navidad (Spanish)
Frohe Weihnachten (German)
Buon Natale (Italian)
Hanukkah Sameach (Hebrew)
Happy New Year
с Новым годом or S Novym godom (Russian)
Bonne Année (French)