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Family Vacation – Tips for Blended Family and Divorced Parents Traveling Together

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Family Vacation - Tips for Blended Family and Divorced Parents Traveling Together

There is something magical about those memories of traveling, without or without Disney dreams. The long car rides and patience testing flights are worth every moment and can become some of the most treasured experiences. But what happens when a divorce or family changes create some challenges? The family vacation can still happen and these tips for a blended family and divorced parents traveling together can help.

Space

The key to creating a peaceful trip is actually plenty of space. Don’t be tempted to save money by sharing rooms. Get separate rooms to ensure everyone has their spot to call their own in case they need a break. It will also put the financial responsibility in check.

Money

Speaking of financial responsibility, keep plenty of space and separation there too. Nothing will start a fight faster than money. Agree from the start NOT to pick up the tab on anything for the other party. One the best tactics is to agree on a sum, say $500, for example that each parent will contribute to a pot that will pay for the kids’ meals, souvenirs, entertainment, and other expenses. After the trip whatever is left over is then evenly divided back between the parents. So, if only $400 of the pot was used, the remaining $100 would be divided between the parties who contributed to the pot.

Time

While the goal is to spend plenty of time together as family, pick days in advance to have time apart. Whether it be alone time, time with the kids, or just some time without new friends and family, agree on those plans in advance. Everyone needs time and space on a vacation – blended family, divorced parent, or a traditional family.

What tips do you have traveling as a blended family or with parents who are divorced? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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13 Comments

  1. Cindy Ingalls says

    Great tips. It’s nice to see blended families can still travel together, especially if they plan ahead and give each other plenty of space.

  2. Jeni Hawkins says

    I wish I had these tips when I was married with step-kids! We used to each contribute a specific amount to a vacation, and stick to that. We never had any issues on the money level, doing that!

  3. Jenn says

    These are great tips. I was a child of divorced parents that both remarried and now I am a parent in the same situation. It’s a lot to think about. Keeping the family together is not always easy.

  4. Elizabeth O. says

    Keeping your differences aside is great especially if you’re planning to take the kids on vacation. These are helpful tips. I haven’thad experience with blended families before.

  5. Liz Mays says

    I think these are great ideas. I think agreeing on a sum of money is definitely a good strategy.

  6. christina aliperti says

    It’s great when you can put differences aside for the family. It’s important for family to stick together!

  7. Nicole Haas Etolen says

    Very informative. I feel weird with this setup but good thing it can be managed.

  8. Rosey says

    Applauding the tips for space. Vacations are supposed to be fun but if too many people are in one space for two long, irritation can easily be sparked or flared. 😉

  9. Lisa Rios says

    Family vacation is always fun, but you need to plan better when you are out with a blended family & a divorced parents involved in it. I think financial planning is so important & time management is key as well for a peaceful trip.

  10. Carmela Mempin says

    This is really a great tips 🙂 its really nice to see some blended families still working together for their kids 🙂

  11. Rachel says

    Having a family vacation with divorced parents can be fun. Like you said, having space apart during the trip is important to make it run smoothly. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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