7 Tips for Single Parents Traveling With Kids
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As a parent, traveling with your kids is not only a great way to make wonderful memories and bond with them, it is also a fantastic way to open children's minds so they can learn about different cultures, foods, ideas, and many more. But any parent knows that traveling with young children isn't easy. And it can be outright challenging especially if you are a single parent. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some tips on how to successfully travel with kids as a single parent.
It can be difficult to manage children alone while carrying your luggage. You only need one suitcase, one carry-on, and one stroller to travel successfully with your child whether it's via train or plane.
If you are traveling with more than one child, make sure that there are porter services available at interim and final stops if you want to bring additional luggage and travel gear. Otherwise, consider renting strollers, cribs, or other travel gear your children need.
Take Advantage of Deals
If you don't know yet, there are discounts and packages meant for single parent travelers. But don't just stop there, be like a travel agent looking for the best deals and times to leave to save you money.
Don't forget to take advantage of deals and offerings even if it isn't geared to single parents.
Traveling with kids means you don't have another adult present to look after the kids or who knows where you'll be and when in case anything goes wrong. Be vigilant all the time and if you let your kids use a phone it is best to have their GPS activated all the time so that you'll know where to look in case they got lost.
Choose Kid-Friendly Hotels
It is important that as a single parent that you'll feel comfortable in the company of other guests. Remember that when vacationing there are hotels that are a haven for honeymoons, bachelor's parties, or those who want to take a break from children. If you're with your children, you don't want to be around these kinds of vacationers and crowds. So when booking for accommodation, make sure to seek only those that are family-friendly - somewhere that has amenities for your kids.
Stay as Close to Attractions as Possible
When booking a hotel, it is best to choose a hotel that is as close as possible to city attractions. Even though hotels are more expensive at these spots, it will save you time and money on transportation and your child will be happier since the attractions are just a few blocks away.
Anxiety is your worst nightmare when traveling with your kids as it will only give you horrible thoughts of things that could go wrong which will add up to your worries and make you more stressed.
Splurge a Little
You and your kid deserve a little something extra special on your trip. For example, you might want to order room service for you and your child during your stay. It's a win-win situation because kids will love dining in and eating at their own pace. And you don't have to worry about them throwing tantrums on their food or toys.