FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
United

Decoding Your Child’s Travel Meltdowns

by Susan Finch

May 17, 2018

© Olesia Bilkei | Dreamstime.com

Age Specific / Kids

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean your kids won’t be prone to the same moods and crankiness as at home. There’s no such thing as a vacation from bad moods. In fact, chances are high your kids save those epic meltdowns for the road when you can’t do much but suffer through it in the car or the confines of a plane with 150 strangers giving you icy stares.

The good news is there is an unofficial science, or at least a lot of discerning, that goes into full-blown kid meltdowns. Here’s how to decode your child’s travel meltdowns and stop them in their tracks.

 

Look for Warning Signs

Most kids don’t just melt down without a lot of heads up and warning time. Of course, it can be harder to see those signs when you’re traveling and distracted. Plus, some kids may have slightly different warning signs on the road. After all, they can’t get hyper and run around right before a meltdown when they’re belted down. Keep your mind on high alert for any subtle irritabilities and changes in behavior and monitor how fast it’s spiraling. If you can get on top of it quickly, you’re likely to avoid a full-scale, code red temper tantrum.

 

Offer Sustenance

Kids don’t always have a big appetite while traveling because they’re having too much fun or just aren’t burning through enough calories while sitting in the car. If your child seems irritable and meltdowns are trending, offer some sustenance early and often. Start with something they’ll likely eat without protest like a fruit snack or sugar-free sucker and move on to nuts, fruits and healthy snacks to get their blood sugar and mood back in check.

 

family at breakfast in the hotel

© Denis Mishchenko | Dreamstime.com

 

Give Comfort

Traveling is stressful even for the grown-ups, so don’t expect your child not to have some good old-fashioned blues on your next family vacation. Little ones are also prone to homesickness and may need more attention and comfort than usual. Offer lots of hugs, bring along a special toy or stuffed animal and think of the little things. Letting them choose the movie at the hotel or offering a bubble bath and the fluffy grown-up robe can do wonders to extend some comfort.

 

Play Super Sleuth

Kids don’t always know what’s ailing them, no matter how many times you ask. Whether you’ve got a toddler or a teenager, the answer is frequently, “I don’t know,” when you ask a kid what’s wrong. Instead ask super specific questions that can lead to the answer you’re looking for.

 

“Does your head hurt?” or “Is your stomach tight” or even, “Are you thinking about home or something you miss?” can often lead down the trail to your answer. And if you come up empty, chances are high they’re just bored, remedied with a few boredom busters.

 

Bring Boredom Busters

It’s easy to forget travel is just kind of boring some of the time. There’s a lot of waiting around to get places and an endless game of hurry up and wait. Bring along boredom busters that span across car trip to attractions and rainy days in the hotel. A charged-up device with educational games is one place to start, but even electronics get boring and can also backfire and make kids feel complacent and cranky. Pack up coloring and game books, mess-free paints and markers and audio books, and plan little stops at weird roadside attractions or playgrounds to keep kids feeling happy and inspired.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations / North America
Jul 10, 2024

New Air Routes Make Nova Scotia Vacations Easier

Families living in the Northeast will find travel to Nova Scotia a lot easier this summer with the inauguration of daily service from New York (LGA) to Halifax (YHZ) on American Airlines. The Nova Scotia capital is one of six new cities along the Northeast coast American added in June; other daily flights from La Guardia go to Hyannis (HYA) on Cape Cod, Nantucket (ACK), Martha’s Vineyard (MVY), and to Bangor (BGR) and Portland (PDX) in Maine.

Sunflower Accessibility Program Featured at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Travelers with invisible disabilities passing through O’Hare and Midway International Airports can now discreetly signal they need assistance thanks to a new Chicago Department of Aviation partnership that helps create more accessible and inclusive spaces.

Destinations / North America
Jul 10, 2024

Enjoy a Taste of North Myrtle Beach’s Dining Scene and Fall Food Festivals

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers foodie family travelers an exciting dining scene, as well as culinary events and festivals to look forward to this fall.

Destinations / North America
Jul 10, 2024

Chinese Lantern Festival to Visit New Locations for 2024/2025 Season

Tianyu, North America’s largest lantern festival producer, recently announced additional locations for its renowned Chinese Lantern Festival for the 2024/2025 season. Family travelers can now enjoy first-time events in Queens, New York, at Citi Field, and Dallas, Texas, at Texas Trust CU Theatre.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Destinations / North America
Jul 9, 2024

Beat the Heat in Galveston at Moody Gardens

This summer is turning out to be a real scorcher no matter where you are spending it, but if you happen to be planning to visit Galveston, one of the best places to beat the heat is Moody Gardens. Whether staying in the hotel or just visiting for a day of fun, there is plenty for family travelers to see and do to help take the sting of the summer heat out of your vacation.