Despite my hopes of a smooth trip, we had an extra 3 hours added to our layover in TX, which meant that an 8 hour travel day turned into 11. Thankfully we only had a few meltdowns (and by “we,” I include myself in the tally- I definitely had a meltdown during our layover.)
But instead of re-living all the negatives, here are some tips for unexpected layovers:
- Make friends with other passengers. As soon as we arrived at the next gate, Man-cub D began to run around and greet people. His friendliness helped me meet other passengers who later played ball with Man-cub D, let him look at their vacation photos, watched our luggage while we made a few trips to the bathroom, and most importantly, kept us updated on the “maintenance” they were doing to our plane.
- Let your little run around! They’ve been sitting on a plane and/or will be sitting on a plane for hours, so you may as well let them get all the energy out that they can.
- Tell yourself that no matter how bad it is, at least you aren’t driving.