Travel without Kids
Traveling with kids is amazing. As a parent I learn so much as I see the world through my sons’ eyes. It’s exhilarating and exciting, but it is also tiring and time consuming; just like being a parent at home. It is important to take the time to reconnect with yourself and with your partner. Juggling work schedules, home life, and that alone time can cause its own level of stress. Where do you start? How do you even begin to plan? The key is to start small.
Ask yourself these key questions:
- Do I need a mini break from my partner, my kids or the whole family?
- What is my budget?
- Do I have someone who can watch the kids (family, friends, nanny, etc.)?
- How much time can I devote to myself and/or my partner right now?
- A few hours
What are your options while at home?
- Perfect Date Night. Not everyone can get away for a weekend, but you can slip away for a few hours. The kids won’t be living at home forever (hopefully), and you need to remind each other why you fell in love in the first place. It’s good for you, but it’s great for your kids to see you still in love and having your own lives.
- Overnight trip or Staycation. You don’t have to go far to reconnect with your partner, or yourself. Grab a hotel room downtown or a room at the B&B in the next town over. Anything that takes you away from your daily tasks and the regular pace of life.
- Weekend Getaway. When one night won’t do, book yourselves a weekend trip to your favorite vineyard, a city a short plane ride away, or even just a few hours drive to get you somewhere new and disconnect from life for a bit. A weekend gives you one full day of not being at home. Sounds nice doesn’t it?
- 3+ day adventure. If you are lucky enough to have family or friends that you trust to watch after your children, you need to start thinking about a longer getaway. You love your children, no one doubts that, but snagging more than a weekend of alone time every now and then can do wonders for your sanity. Just think of all that uninterrupted sleep!
- Girlfriend Getaway. Nothing revives me like a weekend away with a few girlfriends. We all juggle home and work responsibilities, and we love it, but every now and then we need to let our hair down (or pin it up!), throw some make up on and remind ourselves that we are women, not mom covered in drool, who love to go out, try something new, and have a little fun… without kids in tow.
What are your options while away?
- Mom’s mini break on Vacation. Parenting is a full-time job whether you also work outside the home or not. Vacations should be relaxing for the whole family, which means sometimes mom needs to slip away to do something for herself. An afternoon massage, taking a yoga class, or simply sipping some tea at the local café will do wonders for your attitude the rest of your trip.
- Dad’s mini break on vacation. Just as mom needs a break, so does dad. He may not be headed to the spa for a facial, but that round of golf or even sitting by the pool with a book while mom handles nap time with the kids can be just the quiet moment that rejuvenates dad to tackle the rest of the trip.
- Parents mini break on vacation. You know that resort you just paid a fortune to stay at, or that fabulous ski town you are visiting? Well they have babysitters they often work with that would love to watch your kids for a few hours, whether you need a nice night out on the town, or you want to grab a few quiet hours on the slopes. Learn to access your resources wherever you stay and build a few hours of babysitting into your budget.