As anyone who has struggled with the logistics of an extended family holiday knows, it isn't only the booking of flights and accommodation that can cause a headache when you travel. Follow these tips on how to keep the family entertained when you fly long haul.
What with getting to and from the airport, checking in at the airport and the hours spent on a long haul flight for family holidays to Florida for instance, it can be quite a challenge keeping everybody happy and entertained when you travel.
Most long haul flights do provide some form of on board entertainment, usually in the form of screens in the back of the seat which give access to a selection of recent Hollywood movies, as well as audio album releases and so on. Of course today there is no need to rely on this kind of service exclusively, as iPods, iPads and laptops fulfil this function for many of us on a daily basis.
So if your kids want to take their tablet computer or handheld device there's no reason to say no, just make sure that they adhere to any in-flight instructions from the air crew regarding 'flight mode' operations and that all equipment is fully turned off during take-off and landing procedures.
Las Vegas holidays might have the allure of a million things to do once you get there but again the trip can be daunting for some, especially if they are nervous flyers. If you get easily bored on long flights it could be worth taking a Kindle or other eBook reader and stocking up with a range of titles that appeal to all the family, thereby avoiding having to fill carry-on luggage with a selection of heavy print books.
Long haul trips can be an adventure for all the family and this is part of what makes holidays to Mexico a lifelong memory making experience. Sometimes all the modern toys in the world just don't have the same family bonding effect as those age old games that we all used to play on long car journeys as children, so it's well worth remembering that part of going on holiday as a family is the opportunity to spend quality time in each other’s company.
Travelling long haul can sometimes seem tedious; however, with a little preparation and an open attitude to ‘enjoying the journey’, the travel experience itself can be fun and is often as memorable as the amazing holiday that awaits you at the end of the journey.