The glamorous world of international travel

2 Nov

I’d forgotten how completely grim long haul travel is.  The endless queues for check in, passport control, x-rays, more passport control.  The miles and miles of windowless corridors to reach the plane.  The cramped seats that make sleeping all but impossible, even for small children, who flail and kick in an effort to get comfortable. The stale air that smells of overcooked food, the greasy hair of the man in the next seat and vomit.  The other passengers didn’t thank us for that last one.  Being woken at 1am with an announcement that we are landing in two hours, oh and would you like some quiche?  US immigration at 3am, when we avoided total meltdown with the judicious application of lollipops.  Not sure that’s what most parenting manuals would advise, but sometimes these things have to be done.  Finally, finally, finally persuading the children to sleep at 6am UK time, only for them to wake up about three hours later, because it’s way past breakfast time and they’re hungry.

But we’ve survived.  I’m sure tonight will be an improvement.  And we’ve been to Disneyland.  So it’s not all bad.  It’s pretty good actually.


14 Responses to “The glamorous world of international travel”

  1. Paula 02/11/2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I have deja vu….. no idea why 😉

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/11/2010 at 3:02 pm #

      Have no idea…

  2. Susie @newdaynewlesson 03/11/2010 at 5:29 am #

    I hate traveling so I sympathize. I also hate vomit.

    But I love Disneyland!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/11/2010 at 3:01 pm #

      I love it too!

  3. Trish@ Mum's Gone to 03/11/2010 at 8:36 am #

    Airports and air travel are rather similar to childbirth. You forget how hideous the whole shebang is until you go through it again!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/11/2010 at 3:00 pm #

      I almost used the child birth analogy!

  4. Laura 03/11/2010 at 10:34 am #

    US immigration is such a pain. I spent three hours at Orlando airport during my last trip. I felt like Tom Hanks in The Terminal.

    And Jetlag, bad enough for an adult, but how do you explain that to a small child!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/11/2010 at 2:59 pm #

      With great difficulty is the answer. Thank goodness for TV.

  5. Pants With Names 03/11/2010 at 11:42 am #

    Air travel and small children are NOT a match made in heaven. But Disney Land must have made up for it! Hope they get over their jet lag soon. x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/11/2010 at 2:58 pm #

      Last night was a definite improvement. Still up at 5am though…

  6. eggscreamandhoney 03/11/2010 at 9:15 pm #

    So so relate to that Victoria! Hope you get some better sleep soon.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 04/11/2010 at 1:08 pm #

      I think we’re getting there. Then we’ll be off to Hawaii….

  7. Catharine Withenay 03/11/2010 at 11:13 pm #

    I’m so delighted for you that you’ve finally started, and what a gentle way in (ha!). Long haul flights and massive time differences aren’t great on adults, and utterly baffling for children. Still – Disneyland. That aint a bad start to a trip!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 04/11/2010 at 1:07 pm #

      It’s not bad at all 🙂

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