We booked our flight to New York last November and decided to fly with Aer Lingus via Dublin for two reasons. Firstly, you can do US immigration pre-clearance in Dublin, meaning no waiting in immigration queues in New York after your seven hour flight. And secondly, I realised at the time of booking that had we gone straight from Cardiff to New York via Dublin, we would have been landing at the equivalent of 11pm GMT. This was NOT happening with a two and a half year old in tow. So we decided to make a half day pit stop in Dublin on the Saturday to see our families before travelling out on Sunday morning and landing at a reasonable time for BattleKid. It just so happened that even with two bookings for our two sets of flights (Cardiff to Dublin and Dublin to New York, and the return legs) our flights worked out cheaper than if we had chosen to flown out of London or Manchester.
As those of you who follow me on Instagram know, we recently went to New York for a few days with BattleKid. It was our first trip together stateside and the first time BattleDad and I had travelled to the USA together, having each gone ourselves separately before for work. This time though it was purely for pleasure and time to escape home as a family. BattleDad and I have loved travelling, ever since we first got together and we have every intention of carrying on with BattleKid as you well know. We love discovering new cities and New York has been on our to-do list for ages.