While most people with young kids will say that flying is the hardest part of traveling, I disagree. I think it’s queues. They’re everywhere. Perhaps a good way to prepare for a trip, especially to theme parks, is to stand in the longest line you can find for 30 minutes and see what happens.
Let me know, though, as I really hate lines and will never force myself into one without any benefit.
So, how do we deal with this?
The culture of the queue
First – queuing is a cultural thing. Here’s a sample of different types of queuing cultures.
- First come, first served.
- Loudest is first.
- Survival of the fittest.
- Whatever, we’ll all eventually get helped.
- Pick a number.
- Show me the money.
- What’s a line?
Now that we have that out of the way, figure out what the line culture is where you’re going. Then remember that what may be considered rude where you’re from, might not be rude where you are going. So, get over any feelings of being polite or you’ll still be standing in line as I’m posting the Z for this challenge.
Very basic queue etiquette
Regardless of the above, there are still some line rules that you just don’t break.
- Don’t push pass people in any line that is roped off.
- If people are going in or out of a place (subways or elevators), let the people out before going in.
- Don’t look at the reservations book to find the last name of someone else and pretend you are them.
- Actually, never pretend to be someone you aren’t just to get preferential treatment.
- In dangerous situations – women and children first
Dealing with long lines and waits
Kids aren’t good waiters, so prepare some spur of the moment games and distractions to keep everything fun. Here are some ideas:
- Play two truths and one lie
- Talk about what’s around you via the game I spy
- Take turns with the game 20 questions
- Recap the things you’ve done and discuss what you will soon do
- Take selfies on your phone, post them to IG #queueselfies
- Eat a small snack
If you have any fun line anecdotes, tips on how to queue in a country you’ve visited, or suggestions for keeping wait times somewhat fun, let me know in the comments!
Adventuring at Home‘s blog is about life in Charlottesville, VA. Her take on the A-to-Z challenge are things she wants to do in her 20s. Check it out!