We Brits rarely embrace the cold, dark days of January, the most miserable month of the year!
The festive season, a fleeting bastion of joy and fun during the bitter winter, has disappeared with little trace. Lighter nights and daffodils seem a long way off. Yes, Christmas does have its stressful moments – overexcited children hitting an emotional wall before lunchtime and relatives more interested in the sherry than the banquet you’ve spent hours creating.
But more often than not it can be looked back upon warmly.
For those of you looking out your window at a bare, lonely Christmas tree resting against a garden chair or discovering stealthily discarded Brussels sprouts down the back of a sofa, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Jetting off in search of winter sun is nothing new. Even just a few days away from woolly hats, slippery pavements and using an old CD to defrost the car, is a perfect remedy for winter blues.
Travelling with children brings a set of ‘challenges’ – most of which involve boredom – which can take the shine off what should be an exciting start to a great trip.
Fear not! There are some pretty easy ways of alleviating the common pitfalls associated with air travel with young ones.
Here are some simple tips designed to make your journey to a sunnier climate that bit less stressful.
- Pre-book a meet and greet airport parking service
You’ve probably had to deal with airport parking before. You’ll know it normally involves parking miles away from the terminal, unloading your cases (and children), waiting for a minibus to arrive, shoehorning your cases (and children) onto said minibus, travelling for 20 minutes before having to unload your cases (and children) again and entering the terminal.
There is a better way!
By using Looking4.com to find a great deal, you can drive to the airport terminal entrance where a driver will meet you and take your car to a secure car park. Upon your return home, the driver will bring your car back to the terminal entrance meaning you can hop in and be home before you know it!
- Prepare for takeoff
It is commonplace for ears to pop as the plane is taking off. It happens to kids too, and they may not be quite as prepared for it as a grown up. If your kids are slightly older, get them to suck on a hard boiled sweet. If they’re younger, a dummy or giving them a feed will help relieve the pressure in the ear, reducing the chances of a extra earache for those around you.
- Explore in-flight comfort options
For parents of young children, it’s important to remember that they will not be given a seat to themselves on a plane. This can result in a long, uncomfortable and potentially unsafe flight for all involved. Airlines offer a number of different ways in which to relieve burden – from in-flight cots to inflatable ‘sky couches’. Make sure you find out what your operator can provide.
What do you think?
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