Children and Visas…

“If all this trouble saves one child from being trafficked, then it is worth it,” my husband said after he told me what all we needed to do to get visas for the kids for a two day trip to China.

Yep, I love that man.

Why are we going to China? It’s a fun expat story…

We decided to try to use our miles to get at least one ticket back to the US for the summer. Turns out that after years of traveling and saving miles we were able to get THREE tickets using miles. Amazing, isn’t it? So, I and the girls are using those tickets.

There’s a catch. There is always a catch. We have to make a stop over in China.

“That’s okay,” I say. “It is still cheaper to get three visas and a hotel than to buy three tickets. And, hopefully I’ll get to visit some friends while we are there.”

Last week I had a good friend book the hotel.

Visas. We called and found out that we need documents. Lots of documents for the kids. Original birth certificates. Passports. Old passports with old China visas. Adoption records. Basically anything that shows these kids are ours, legally.

My mind was blown. So. Much. Work. UGH!

But then my brilliantly smart compassionate man said, “If all this work saves even one child from being trafficked, then it is ALL worth it.”

My mouth shuts. All my complaints deflate because I know he is right. And I’m glad he’s right.

Your Turn: Ever used miles to buy tickets before? What is your story on the prep work to travel with kids?

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4 thoughts on “Children and Visas…

  1. I have used miles before, but only for travel within the US. I use them up every year…. hahaha I haven’t saved enought for intl travel. I should try. As for prep work, just PRAY!!!! And make sure you explain to them you will be traveling for a loooong time but that at the end they will see their grandparents and that they will have soo much fun traveling. I tried doing the time shift thing a week before traveling and it’s not worth the hassle. Just hydrate, make sure you walk around and whenever the ride seems like too much, think that by tomorrow you will be with your loved ones and nothing, not even the mean flight attendant, or nasty food matter….

    • Oh, the travel part I’m not so worried about. They know and understand the long flights, but it is still good to remind them. Yes, a long flight is nothing when you get to see family you haven’t seen in so long.

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