Don’t travel on a Discount Airlines

For the first time ever we decided to take a discount airlines for a short getaway to Halifax. It was Flair Air btw.

It is true what they say: you get what you pay for and with discount airlines this is even more so.

Everything about our pre flight and boarding went as expected. Our plane even took off and landed on time and the flight itself went smoothly. I was relieved that we weren’t trapped on the tarmac for hours under the blazing August heat.

We get to baggage claim at Halifax’s airport pretty quickly. We have 30mins before we need to catch the bus from the airport to Halifax downtown. And if we
Missed this bus, we’d have to wait an hour to get the next one- which we didn’t want to do with 2 little kids in tow.

Many of the passengers who were in the same Flair Air flight as us, picked up their luggage from the West Jet carousel! Umm ok. So we wait there. We don’t see our old and trusty green bag.

We then move over and wait by the Flair Air carousel, which is empty still. The baggage claim area was steadily clearing out of people from our flight. Okkkk...but then the light turns on at the Flair Air carousel (other planes’ baggage’s will be coming there too) and we eagerly wait there. We keep an eye on the clock. Hmmm, we still have 15mins. Fortunately the bus stop is right outside the airport and the elevator to the exit is in front of us. No panic. Yet.

After 3-4 sad sacks roll down the Flair Air carousel, it stops. No green luggage with black smudges on it. Little one bursts into tears of hunger and impatience. Now we really panic.

And of course the clock is ticking ever closer to when the bus would leave. My husband is pacing back and forth between all the carousels with tension dogging his steps. I’m trying to remain calm for the kids and thinking of their clothes and diapers that I packed- many of the clothes which are firm favourites.

Of course we miss the bus. And also realize that our one luggage is nowhere to be found! I fill out a form with the Flair Air desk at Lost & Found with what must be a poorly trained 19yr Old, with lank and dirt hair, who really doesn’t give a f**k about looking professional let alone the job itself.

As of writing, our Halifax vacay is almost at an end; we have yet to be reunited with our luggage; Flair Air has sent just one courtesy email in response to our inquiry with no further info; and we have 3 change of clothes each.

I suppose you do realize how little you actually need when travelling when you are only running on 3 change of clothes. But, we also had to spend money on buying supplies and clothes, So we are now waiting for compensation.

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child Before Travelling


A major part of the reason why we are living longer and with healthier lives is due to vaccinations. We are now able to have immunity against common yet dangerous illnesses such as polio, measles, small pox, whooping cough, tetanus, diptheria, Hep A, typhoid, mumps, rubella, influenza, Hep B, Hep C, malaria, dengue, yellow fever, pneumococcal, rotavirus…and these are just a few that I have come up with.

Any of these illnesses would have killed vast numbers of children (and even adults) before the 1960’s or leave one with permanent disabilities including physical impairments, deafness and blindness.

In fact, during 1951-1954, an average of 16,316 paralytic polio cases and 1879 deaths from polio were reported each year. Meaning thousands of people would be left paralyzed due to polio, exacting a huge medical, physical, mental and societal toll.

Ask your grandparents, they likely knew people who had died or were severely affected by any number of the vaccine-preventable illnesses I mentioned above. Now think about it, how many people do you now know who are left scarred by these illnesses?

You have vaccines to thank for that.

Despite or because of the public health victories due to vaccines,  we are now seeing measles return in larger numbers. And part of the reason it’s happening is due to vaccine-hesitancy and high-speed travel, causing un-vaccinated people contracting and spreading the illnesses from one corner of the world to another, in a matter of hours.

So Please vaccinate your children. They are the ones most likely to get severely ill or die, due to these vaccine-preventable illnesses. If you had a surefire way to ensure your children can live into their old age and be healthy, why wouldn’t you do it?

When you are travelling this year, you can prep your family and protect them in the following ways. This will ensure that you don’t spend your precious vacay-time sick, or in the hospital and incurring HUGE financial cost:

  • Meet your family doctor or paediatrician. You can get prescriptions for travellers vaccines such as Typhoid (gotten from drinking or eating food made with untreated water). They can also administer the vaccine for free or a minimal cost.

  • Your pharmacist can also administer many travellers vaccines. There may be an extra cost, just ask.

  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine can be given to babies as young as 6months. Highly recommend as measles have cropped up in many countries. I have done this with both my kids and they are healthy, happy, and are not on Autism Spectrum (in case you were wondering).

  • Check your immunization card and see if you need booster shots. For Tetanus, you need a booster shot every 10 years.

  • A lot of workplace and private insurance cover the cost of getting these vaccines which are not part of your state or province’s regular immunization program

And for god’s sakes, please get your information from resources such as Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Public Health Agency of Canada. All of these direct links provide detailed and easy-to-understand info on vaccines, what they are made of and how they work to provide protection 

No, the former model with NO medical experience or training, Jenny McCarthy, is NOT a reliable source for life-preserving health information. Neither is that Facebook “vaccine choice” group.


Montreal IS COLD! No Really, it is!

There, the winter air is so cold and dry that it burns your nasal pipes and air sneaks in through your heavy-socked winter boots giving you frostbite on your toes. Never mind the sheets of ice all over, so that you actually have to slide rather than walk, if you care to remain upright. 

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