Festive flights — 5 tips for a chilled Christmas trip
Flying to meet family during the holidays should be fun.
But tantrum-prone kids and travel delays sometimes make you more stressed than Santa dealing with a defective sleigh on Christmas Eve.
However, if you prepare for a seasonal vacay as carefully as you write out your festive wish-list, it’s possible to stay calm and collected.
With that in mind, here are five tips for a chilled festive flight.
Quirky clothing is one way of getting your kids to feel gung-ho about visiting grandma on the other side of the country — so buying matching tops from realuglychristmassweaters.com is a masterstroke.
These festive sweaters are stuffed with more baubles and bells than you can shake an icicle at — so young kids think they’re the bee’s knees.
But without dampening your spirits, there’s one disclaimer that’s well worth bearing in mind — this suggestion is unlikely to be met with enthusiasm by awkward teens.
If you don’t want your offspring to start a DEFCON 1-level meltdown on Christmas morning, please travel with the main present they’ve been looking forward to unwrapping the whole year.
And if it’s simply too big to carry, allow them to open it before you leave as a one-off exception to the usual yuletide rules on unveiling gifts.
Kids can adapt to unfamiliar environments, but it’s crucial that their regular festive routine isn’t torn to tinsel tatters.
Travel snacks are a great way to keep the entire family satisfied on the way to the airport, during check-in and on the airplane — they’re a cure-all for all manner of ills.
So secretly making this Christmas popcorn from the BBC before you leave home and surprising everyone with it when delays are making them antsy will turn you into a minor seasonal savior.
But don’t disclose your recipe source so that it still feels like a rare treat when you repeat it next year — this is a tasty gift that just keeps giving.
- Lounge tokens
Airport lounges are oases of calm far removed from hectic crowds, long queues and overpriced food, and some of them are suitable for adults as well as children.
So search Groupon for reduced Priority Pass membership to access well-appointed lounges around the world where you and your family can eat, drink and be merry.
You’ll be amazed at the citadels of calm that exist just a few feet from frantic airport concourses.
When everyone’s feeling anxious about making it to the airport on time, herding the family onto public transport is the cherry on the top of a tense Christmas cake.
It’s far more calm and cheerful traveling in the chilled-out environment of your own ride and booking airport parking at Looking4.com will keep it safe until you return — you’ll find park and fly options from Seattle to San Francisco and beyond.
Follow these five tips for a chilled Christmas tip and you’ll be beaming as brightly as Rudolph’s nose.
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