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September 21st, 2012, 04:06 PM
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Hi fellow mommies! I have some questions for you. My DH and I are planning to travel abroad to some central america villages that are quite remote and secluded. We would be traveling with friends who travel there for months on end regularily. We have never taken our son out of the country before and dont know what to expect. I understand we will have to get him a passport. But how else can we prepare to travel abroad? What safety and health measures should we take? Traveling ideas or tips? I will be scheduling him for his shots series soon and will also be speaking with his doctor, but we probably wont be traveling until next year.When we DO go traveling it will be in Nicaragua and we will travel down a river going village to village where our frines have lived. They have build homes with the locals for some of the families to live in, helped gather and grow foods, and much more, thye are very respected there. So we will be traveling in an area that our friends are very experienced with and know many of the villagers and the travel guides very well.
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September 21st, 2012, 04:43 PM
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how exciting!!! sounds like a blast...i would just talk to his dr make sure he gets whatever shots he needs before you go...umm other than the passport and other paperwork that you guys may need...get him something to keep occupied on the trip...books toys...etc...maybe call the airline to see what to expect when boarding? what you can or cannot bring?
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September 21st, 2012, 05:28 PM
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It looks like your LO is a toddler. I don't know what kind of eater he is, but I think I would start now trying to introduce as many foods/flavors from Central America as you can; it's going to be very hard to find American-like food in the remote areas. If he is eating mango, papaya, plantains, and other flavors in the comfort of your home now, he will be more likely to accept them in an unfamiliar environment. I think I would even try to find a Nicaraguan/Central American restaurant if I could, and bring him along to sample stuff.

I envy you! I hope it's a wonderful trip for your family. I spent 3 months in Guyana in South America, and it was a fantastic experience for me (but I was single and childless, lol).
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September 21st, 2012, 05:29 PM
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How exciting!

Getting a passport takes up to 4 weeks or so to get so I would suggest getting that taken care of soon. I think that they kids passports are only good for 5 years. Make sure that you print out the instructions and make an appointment with the US Post office and have all the pertinent documents for the passport. I believe both Parents need to be there for signatures.
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September 21st, 2012, 05:45 PM
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yes we are very excited, and he is almost 4. He is open to and eats everything but thats a great idea! On a note on signatures, DH is his stepfather. His birthfather hasnt been around since he was 5 months old we were never married so I have default full custody. I dont know, with his name on the birth cert tho, I cant contact him for a signature so maybe this will be an issue, im not sure. But I have his birth cert, social, shots records and everything. I havent been out of the country since i was 7, so this will be a wonderful experience for all of us, hopefully it works out right.
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September 22nd, 2012, 08:16 AM
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Wow how exciting!!! I have no additional advice, but wanted to say good luck!
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