Lessons Learned from Challenging Airplane Travel
Everyone hopes their vacation will go as planned and no issues will be encountered. Unfortunately not all travel occurs flawlessly. This seems to be especially true for those traveling via airplane. Below are lessons learned from challenging airplane travel experiences. Although these airplane issues can't be completely avoided, being prepared to handle them can limit how they affect your overall vacation experience.
It is likely you have heard frightening tales of airplanes being stranded on the tarmac for hours on end waiting to take off. Although policies have been implemented to try and prevent these issues in the future, it is still not guaranteed that your plane will depart as scheduled. For those traveling with a special needs child a delay of an hour is significant. To prevent your family from melting down if the departure is delayed be sure you are prepared when you board the plane. Have everyone use the bathroom immediately prior to boarding. Bring entertainment such as books, coloring books and a deck of cards to keep occupied while waiting for take off. Consider portable DVD players or other electronic devices as well. Pack snacks to keep kids busy and prevent meltdowns due to hunger. Buy a bottle of water after you have passed through security and bring it on the plane. Having your carryon loaded with these items will make the wait for departure more pleasant for everyone.
Having a flight cancelled can be very frustrating whether you are heading out on your vacation or returning home. You want to get where you are supposed to be. Unfortunately weather and mechanical problems result in numerous canceled flights every year. To minimize the impact of a canceled flight it is important to get your family on the next available flight. Since everyone else on your flight will be attempting to get on the next available flight, you want to have an advantage. Consider researching other flight options and bringing them to the airport with you. In addition bring the airline phone number. As soon as the flight is canceled stand in the line at the airport and attempt to call the airline phone number. Be ready with information about which flight you will like to be placed on. Best case scenario you will have spent a few minutes of your time before leaving researching flight information you don't end up needing.
Lost luggage continues to be a struggle for airlines. No one wants to have to spend part of their valuable vacation purchasing toiletries and underwear because the luggage didn't arrive. If you are taking a cruise it can be difficult to find a store that carries the items you need. To reduce the impact of lost luggage consider how you pack. If possible, bring one change of clothing in your carryon bag. In addition, instead of packing one suitcase per traveler, make sure each suitcase contains at least an outfit or two for every member of your family. This way, if one suitcase is lost it won't mean one person has no clothes and everyone else has everything they need.
Although travel issues like lost luggage, delayed departure and canceled flights can't be predicted or avoided when traveling, the impact they have on your vacation can be reduced by following the above tips. For more tips on successful family travel contact us
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