My Family Travels

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  • in reply to: Parental consent #149029

    Hello Joe,
    I believe you are talking about this story: Permission to Travel Letters and Why You Need Them.

    Your fears may well be unfounded, I don’t know your personal situation. However, according to the law in the U.S., neither you nor your wife nor any other adult could take a child under 18 outside the U.S. by plane, land or ship (there are some exceptions for recreational cruises) without the consent of that child’s birth parents or legal guardians. In this country, that law is supposed to be enforced by the carrier — therefore the plane, ground transportation or ship company are supposed to collect a notarized Permission to Travel Letter from the adult(s) accompanying the child or else, not allow those passengers to board.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions and safe travels!

    in reply to: Laguardia to Boston #78586

    hello jabbed, We are New Yorkers so not especially intimidated by city traffic because the city is a well laid out grid.

    However, Boston has so many older streets and one-way lanes that we find it very hard to drive within the city, so you may want to park and take Uber once there!

    The “quietest” route from Laguardia is the Grand Central Parkway to the Triborough Bridge, now called the RF Kennedy Bridge, up towards Connecticut. There’s a bridge toll and tolls along parts of the beginning road, but not worth avoiding…. Anyway, that bridge crossing (scenic views of Manhattan skyline) will put you on I-95 which is a really busy road because all the trucks use it.

    We get off I-95 as soon as we can (near Bridgeport, Connecticut) and move over to I-91 which is less busy and more scenic. If you select that route from Google Maps, it will take you into the city of Boston along these quieter roads.

    Try to avoid arriving with 25 miles of Boston between 8am and 10am and between 5pm and 7pm, as these are the rush hour for people commuting in from suburbs all around the city. The drive is not dangerous as long as you pay attention, the speed limit is tops 55mph, just ask the kids to help you navigate.

    We are sure you will have a fun road trip visiting the Northeast.

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