Fancy Flying High As A Family Without Annoying Everyone Else On Board?
Nothing beats a family holiday. All year, you likely look forward to getting away with the people who mean most to you. All your worries will wash away with the sway of the ocean waves, and the soundtrack of your children’s laughter. It sounds like bliss, doesn’t it?
Sadly, any family holiday starts by traveling with kids. And, if you’ve done this before, you’ll know that’s rarely easy. Long-haul travel and children don’t mix well. What’s worse, most kids have an innate ability to be the most annoying fellow passengers in the world. As such, you can be sure a flight will be accompanied by many an angry glare and run-ins with fellow passengers. By the time you’re through, it’s no wonder you need the sea and sand to refresh you!
But, what if we were to tell you that putting thought into the journey could help ensure your kids don’t annoy anyone? If that sounds like a good deal to you, read on to find out how it could be possible.
Take other passengers out of the equation
This may seem like a cheat, but it’s the most foolproof method of all. If you can’t stop worrying about your kid’s annoying other passengers, consider alternatives. It may be that you take a little longer to reach your destination on a road trip instead of a flight. Rather than seeing this as a downside, embrace the experience. See it as an excuse to get even more out of your time away. Or, you may be in a position where you’re traveling in a large group. In that case, get online and search ‘how much does it cost to rent a jet?’. Chartering isn’t something many of us consider, but it may not be as pricey as you expect. In fact, short private flights can cost as little as $2,800. If you’re splitting the cost between a few of you, that may not be much more than a commercial ticket. And, there would be no other passengers rolling their eyes when they see there are kids nearby.
Take off your children’s shoes
This may sound odd but bear with us. What’s the single most annoying thing children do on a flight? Kick the chair, of course. Everyone hates the feeling of having their seat kicked, especially on a long flight. If this happens, it won’t take long for tempers to flare A fantastic way around this issue is to leave your kids feet bare. They shouldn’t move around much anyway, so this won’t make a difference to them, But, it does mean that flailing feet won’t have half as much impact on their chair in front. Of course, you should still stop them if you spot them kicking. But, this can at least lessen the blow as it were. Keep their shoes in the seat pocket, and you can always pull them back out again for toilet trips and such.
Given that this is a volatile situation, you’re likely on high alert. As such, you may jump in and shout as soon as you notice other passengers losing patience. The issue here is that crying children make far worse passengers than happy ones. In fact, the last thing you want is for your kids to burst into tears. So, make sure to avoid shouting for the duration of the flight. This will be difficult, but it’s worth the effort. Instead, find healthy and happy ways to distract attention from annoying past times. If you notice your kids getting loud, engage them in a whispering game. If they’re starting to fidget, make a game of being statues. In these subtle ways, you can address bad behavior without everything ending in a screaming mess.
Sit between siblings
If you have two or more kids with you, it’s worth sitting between them. This may seem a shame. After all, siblings are fantastic at keeping each other entertained. But, they’re also excellent at winding each other up, and a sibling argument is the last thing you need. Instead, split them up. With just one adult between them, they’ll still be able to talk and interact. But, you’ll be there to step in and distract if things take a turn for the worse. And, that’s something your fellow passengers are sure to thank you for. What’s more, you can bet that seeing you make an effort will give most passengers more patience than they would have otherwise. And, that could make all the difference.