I’m no stranger to Florida, having visited several times. I’ve been to Naples and St Petersburg on the stunning West Coast, spotted dolphins in the sea on Cocoa Beach on the East Coast and I’ve experienced the fabulous shopping and theme parks in Orlando a few times too and was lucky enough to meet the main man – Mickey Mouse! Yet it’s always been on an adult holiday.
Since the last time I was there, I am now the proud mother of a four and a half year old boy and while I’d love to take him to this amazing part of the world, and I know that he would be absolutely bowled over by the characters and theme parks, I’m still not sure about taking him on a 8 hour plus flight. He’s flown a few times now, but we’ve never been further than about 2 and a half hours and I’m still dithering about it.
I’ve been given lots of advice and tips from friends. Some have said that by the time he’s watched a film, had food, played on his computer game and had a nap, we’ll be there! Some have said that if we book night flights, he’ll probably sleep most of the way anyway so it shouldn’t be an issue. I also worry about the other passengers. What if he is bored stiff and starts to become annoying to other passengers? Someone told me not to worry about other people but I do! However, I don’t want him to miss out on fabulous opportunities to explore the world because I’m scared to take him on a long flight.
Am I the only Mom of a youngster who feels this way? What are your experiences and what advice can you give me?
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