Korea & China trip – from a kids perspective

Traveling with kids

I can’t believe that it was a year ago already that we boarded the plane and headed over the Pacific Ocean to China and then Korea!

The kids were determined that they wanted to go and see their Halmoni and had brainstormed fabulous ideas for making money to pay for the tickets.  We had a garage sale, the kids collected pop cans, we brought things to the scrap metal depot and they had lemonade stands.  Kyah even wrote letters to the major airlines asking for assistance.  The kids helped raise over $2000 in the Korea fund towards the trip and that experience made the big event even more meaningful for us all!

After the trip, Kyah put together a power point presentation for her grade four class. The teacher let her share the highlights of the trip including things she thought were interesting and unusual.

If you would like to see the trip through the eyes of a 10 year old, click and enjoy!

My trip to Korea and China

and the saving continues for the next big trip! 🙂


Korean Air comes knocking

One sunny day in September, there was a knock at the door; there stood two Koreans with a really big box.  They came asking for Kyah.  Inside the box was a lovely card and gifts from Korean Air.

The kind Koreans were in fact the regional manager for Korean Air and his assistant and the package had been sent on a flight from head office in Seoul. The gifts included model airplanes, teddy bears, umbrellas, wallets and more.

Korean air

So how did this all come to pass?  Well, it was because of a letter Kyah wrote in the summer:

letter to airline

In response, they complimented her on her ingenuity and wished her success in her endevours to come to Korea to visit her grandmother. They thanked her for her interest and hoped she would achieve her dream… and fly Korean Air.

So we may not have gotten any air miles, but we got a really great story. Not to mention, some pretty cool gifts. 🙂

Korean air

* A special shout-out to Kyah’s grade 3 teacher who taught her persuasive writing skills.

The Korea Fund

jaina's journal

Jaina’s journal page: “We are raising money to go to Korea. Just to tell you my brothers have never seen my Dad’s Mom or Dad.”

The kids really want to go to Korea. Earlier this year, we discussed trying to go to Korea as a family.  It has been over 6 years since we have all gone, over 2 since my yobo has seen his mom and the boys have never met their Halmoni, grandmother.

Everyone knows that travel is not cheap and international travel is that much more expensive.  So as much as we would love to hop on a plane tomorrow and go see Halmoni, we explained to the kids that it costs a lot of money to take this kind of trip.

grandma

So we brainstormed ideas on how the kids could help raise some money so we could go and visit Halmoni and see Korea.  They came up with some great ideas and we have been busy putting them into action:

We had a garage sale,

garage sale

they have done lemonade stands,

lemonade

they have collected pop cans,

pop cans

they have saved their birthday money, we brought some scrap metal to the recycle depot and we consigned some baby clothes. It has been a very fun family project and I think the kids are learning a lot of really good life lessons through it all.

How are we doing?  Hopefully, by the end of the summer, we will have one ticket paid for! 🙂