The article Vacation survival strategies can be found at The United Church Observer.

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“Almost every family vacation, if we were to be honest, has a not-going-as-planned moment, when our dreamy expectations crash head-on into hard reality. My most recent happened last summer flying between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — where we had to grease the palm of an airport employee to clean up after my poor son who picked up a truly awful virus — and Accra, Ghana, where I spent seven hours playing rummy with my three kids in an airport waiting lounge….”