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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