Traveling Solo with the Kids! 4 Tips to Make It a Great Getaway

BY: - 20 May '14 | Home

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You’re probably thinking ‘you meant traveling as a single parent with kids.’  Nope we didn’t (lol).  We want you to consider trips with just one parent from a two-parent household traveling alone with the kid(s).

Sometimes work schedules don’t allow both parents to take a weekend getaway with the kid(s) and that’s just fine.  That’s a perfect opportunity for a one-on-one bonding trip with you and your little ones.  We have a few tips/suggestions to make it a great getaway

  • Pick a destination that fits everyone’s lifestyle and your budget.  Choose a resort/hotel with amenities and activities that both you and your child/children will enjoy.  Yes, you both will enjoy the resorts’ water park, but the spa can also be a fabulous option while the kids enjoy the kids’ club activities.   Also consider all-inclusive resorts with a variety of onsite dining options.  This will help eliminate spending on meals at offsite restaurants.  Take a few of snacks with you while on off-site tours.  This will hold you over till you return to the resort.
  • Choose the window seat! If it’s just you and one of your children, pick the two-seat window seat when buying your plane tickets.  Kids love to look out the window and you’ll be able to stretch out and nap/play comfortably.
  • Pack wisely.  Based on your child’s age and what you’ll need to keep them happy on the trip, use the carry-on bag option for both of you. If you pay for their ticket, they can take a carry-on bag too.  This will avoid waiting at baggage claim and risking a meltdown because everyone’s tired (lol).  This will also eliminate that dreaded checked bag fee! Don’t forget to pack your favorite snacks, games, books and anything else to keep the little happy and busy while traveling.   Happy child makes for a happy parent.
  • Room with a balcony & fabulous view please!  9 times out of 10, younger children will want to/need to take a nap at some time during your getaway (lol).  Request a room/suite (on floors 2 and above) with a balcony so you can relax, check email/social media while enjoying a breathtaking view as the little one sleeps.
  • Leave emergency contact information with hotel/resort staff.  At check-in, leave an emergency contact person’s information with the staff member.  This will come in handy in the event of any type of emergency.

Whether traveling alone with your kids or as a family, always think safety first and remember the reason for the trip…quality time with family and fun.

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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5 Irresistible Qualities of a Woman of God

BY: - 21 May '14 | Faith

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 Before I got married, I would take time to pray over my future wife, and there were specific things that I prayed.   It is during that time I learned the most important qualities that I desired in my wife. Every man of God has certain qualities they find irresistible in a woman of God.  Whether you are an unmarried man in need of discovering what you should look for in a wife, or a unmarried woman curious to know what qualities a man of God is searching for…this is for you!

1. A woman of God who values honor.

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A woman who fearlessly honors others, values herself. To honor someone means to esteem them or show high respect.  A woman who demonstrates this reveals her heart for people.   Honoring up, down, and around is the rule to follow.

Honoring up means respecting those who are in authority over you, being able to accept their role and submit to their leadership.  Honoring those below you includes those that look up to you, or work underneath you.  Honoring those around you is respecting your friends, family, and colleagues.  You know a woman who honors by the words she speaks to those closest to her.  Finding the gold in someone is easy because they only desire to build that person up rather than tear them down. A woman who values honor adds value to everyone around her, which makes for an irresistible woman.

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Jamal Miller wrote 84 articles on this blog.

Jamal Miller is the Co-Founder of Married and Young.com, a community committed to doing relationships God’s way, alongside his wife Natasha Miller. He has been involved in Pastoral Ministry for over 8 years, graduating from Christ for the Nations Institute with his Practical Theology Degree and Ecclesia College with his Bachelors in Christian Leadership. His passion for marriage and healthy relationships has influenced thousands to do it God’s way! He is the author of "25 Ways to Prepare for Marriage Other than Dating". Jamal and Natasha reside in Chicago, IL.

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