Tips for Airplane Travel with Toddlers

Tips for Airplane Travel with Toddlers
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This was the first time we had ever taking our son on an airplane, and we were poorly prepared. I’ve done some research online and it turns out we did practically everything wrong. There are plenty of good Tips for Airplane Travel with Toddlers available on the web, but I never suspected it was going to be such a problem – more fool me. We now have the return trip to look forward to but we are going to be better prepared this time. The events of our last Airplane trip to America could be used as a case study in how not to deal with a toddler when traveling by plane.

How Not to Travel with Kids on Planes

My husband and I tend to leave things to the last minute so by the time we arrived at the airport we were rushing to get to the gate. We raced through the airport and right onto the airplane. We were all stressed and it is little wonder that our son picked up on this vibe. Apparently you are meant to give children a chance to stretch their legs before getting on the plane, but we had no time for this. We did see a playground area for kids near the gate and that would have been a great place for my son to work off some energy, but our names were already been called.

Finding our seat was a nightmare; trying to manage our son while trying to get past people who were blocking the aisle. Apparently if we got there early we would have been allowed to board early with our son; I can see now why this facility is offered. It is hell struggling through a packed plane with a toddler.

Our son found the unfamiliar setting of the airplane upsetting, and when the hostess came to fasten his seat-belt he went berserk; in fact he was crying so hard I thought he would make himself sick. The poor thing’s ears popped during take-off and he was obviously in a lot of pain. I hadn’t realized that we could have prevented this by getting him to suck on his bottle or soother. The next six hours in the plane was hard for all of us; my son just wouldn’t settle and I almost kissed the ground when we landed. I felt bad for the other passengers, but what could we do? At least we will be better prepared next time.

A healthy dose of sun, relaxation, beauty and fun

Florida Beaches Destin to Miami: A healthy dose of sun, relaxation beauty and fun

At this time of year, in the United Kingdom, we have all just about had it with the cold and the gray sky. And escaping to nearby European countries wouldn’t make a difference because the weather in France and Spain isn’t much better. But just across the pond, the sunny state of Florida offers wonderful holiday options to help us escape the winter with many Florida beaches Destin to Miami.

Miami

This vibrant city, which happens to be located in the United States, has been called the capital of Latin America. The influence of Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and many other Latin American countries is undeniable. Miami’s nightlife scene is considered to be one the world’s best. They also have beautiful beaches filled with beautiful people.

Key West

Just 15 miles (24km) south of Miami begins a set of 1,700 islands known as the Florida Keys. They extend all the way to Key West, the westernmost of all the islands. If you start in Miami, you could take a little USA road trip and arrive in a few hours. Key West is rich in history and has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and attractions. It is considered the southernmost city of the continental US and enjoys a hot, tropical climate.

Fort Lauderdale

Just 23 miles (37km) north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is perfect for those looking for a place that is more relaxed, yet still has gorgeous beaches and plenty to do. Like its flashy neighbor South Beach, Fort Lauderdale has become a popular destination for gay people. Many locals say the gay scene in Miami is what made it so popular for general tourism – now that the gay scene in Fort Lauderdale has developed, it is becoming even more trendy.

Daytona Beach

Further up the Atlantic coast, Daytona Beach is a popular tourism destination and family-friendly city. Like most of Florida, Daytona enjoys a humid, subtropical climate. Even in the middle of winter sun is never lacking. The city has beautiful beaches, great options for golf and plenty to enjoy. And if you would like to visit Mickey Mouse, Daytona is conveniently located just 56 miles (90km) from Orlando.

Orlando

Last but certainly not least, the theme parks in Orlando, Florida, are a dream for kids of all ages. Meeting Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and the whole Disney gang is something everyone should experience at least once. Magic Kingdom is truly magical and Epcot Center will take you around the world in a day. Then, you’ll probably want to go again. But don’t forget to experience the Hollywood magic of Universal Studios, the big, friendly fish at Sea World, or the fun water-slides at Wet ‘n’ Wild.

Naples

Naples is located on the Gulf Coast of the state. It’s home to amazing golf courses and it offers you easy access to conservation areas.

Marco Island

Marco Island is also located on the Gulf Coast. This is a great place to fish and to do other fun activities such as watch dolphins from the beach.

Pensacola Beach

This beach is located in northern Florida and it is known for its white sands and laid back attitude. You can relax on the beach, go kayaking or go for long walks. It doesn’t matter what you do, you will love it at Pensacola Beach.

Florida Beaches Destin

Florida Beaches Destin is a great place for beaches and for restaurant choices. Some of the best seafood restaurants can be found here and there are a lot of group activities you can do.

Florida Beaches Destin
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Fort Walton Beach

This beach is located in the same region as Destin. There are plenty of educational opportunities for tourists to take advantage of and you can lay around on the sand all day long. The kids will enjoy visiting places such as the Gulfarium and Temple Mound Museum.

With so much to do and see, chances are you will want to return to the Sunshine State again and again. Give yourself the gift of a good dose of sunshine, beauty and fun. Plan your escape to Florida now!