FX Excursions

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

Safety Tips For Kids Flying Solo

by Eugenia Lazaris

Sep 20, 2019

Travnikovstudio | Dreamstime.com

Age Specific / Kids

Worrying about your kids is par for the course when you’re a parent but send your little one on a plane trip by themselves and be prepared for your stress levels to go through the roof.

 

Flying solo can be a great experience for kids — they can learn independence, responsibility and enjoy a sense of adventure and exploration they would otherwise not be privilege to. However, it can also be a scary and stressful experience for you as well as for your child.

 

Plan ahead and follow these safety trips to make sure your child has a positive experience and makes it safely to their destination, not to mention letting you breathe a little easier while you wait to hear they arrived at their destination.

 

Start off with planning the simplest route possible, using only one airline for your child to reach their ultimate destination. Most airlines won’t accommodate unaccompanied minors that have to change airlines to make a flight connection.

 

Familiarize yourself with the specific guidelines of your chosen airline. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, for example, only allow children aged 5–7 to travel on direct flights while children aged 8–14 are only allowed to travel on flights that connect through certain airports around the country. Specific documents are also required so make sure you’ve got what you need ahead of time.

 

Plan your child’s trip during daytime hours, as most airlines won’t allow an unaccompanied minor to travel on overnight flights.

 

Spend some time familiarizing your child with the plan ahead of time. Although you can’t account for unforeseen circumstances that may arise, you can go over what they should expect and answer any questions they may have. This will help alleviate stress en route for your child when they find themselves in a new situation.

 

Dress them comfortably and weather-appropriate and make sure they have a few creature comforts packed in their bag. If your little one has a favorite stuffed animal that helps put them at ease when they are nervous, make sure it goes with them to comfort them when they find themselves alone on an airplane. Send along a few favorite snacks so they don’t become hangry during their trip.

 

Make sure your child knows who will be picking them up at the end of their trip and make sure it’s someone they are familiar with. Add another level of security in case of emergencies by sending your child with a copy of their itinerary and emergency contact information.

 

Allow for plenty of time before the flight. Your child will feel more comfortable with the airline staff assisting them when they’ve had a chance to meet their assigned representative and will be more accepting of their help when you are there to help foster that relationship.

 

Whenever possible, take advantage of technology to add an extra layer of security to the experience. The Southwest Airlines app is a great example — it app allows you to track your child’s progress during the trip.

 

Adequately preparing your child and planning for their solo trip can not only eliminate potential problems, but make sure they arrive at their destination relaxed and ready to have fun. A successful solo trip as a child is a surefire way to prepare them for a lifetime of loving to travel.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations
Jul 12, 2024

Best Destinations for Sea Vacations with Children

Family travelers have begun taking advantage of a new type of travel: the sailing vacation. Sea-based vacation company Dream Yacht Worldwide is spreading the word that sailing vacations are great for families as no sailing experience is necessary and they might be more affordable than people assume.

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 11, 2024

Don’t Miss This Banana Split Festival in Pennsylvania

Family travel lets you explore so many exciting things, from outdoor adventures to games in the car on family road trips, but sometimes we have the most fun when we simply take time out to enjoy a good old-fashioned festival. And this coming August, Robindale Great American Banana Split Celebration is the place to do just that.

Hotels
Jul 11, 2024

Enjoy Family Wellness Programs at Sattva Land this Winter

Introduce kids to wellness tourism on family travel. Adults often escape to a spa or retreat to reset, and with wellness travel on the rise, this retreat in Belize offers an experience for the whole family.

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.

Slideshow
Jul 11, 2024

7 Riga, Latvia, Destinations for Family Travel

It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Riga, Latvia, with us.