Single Parent Travel Tips – Advice for Solo Trips With Kids
Whether you are single parent in need of travel tips or just looking for advice for a solo trip with kids, Tourist Meets Traveler has these firsthand suggestions to make your trip successful. Being single mom or single dad isn’t easy and travel can be stressful. Planning and preparation will be key in making sure you minimize vacation mishaps and drama.
Know Before You Go
Knowing the details in advance will save you some major headaches. Do as much of the legwork as possible before you book. Traveling with a crew of kids without the aid of another adult can be tricky enough. Now might not be the time for leaving things up to chance. Call your airline to find out what documentation you will need to fly with your kiddos. Contact the hotel to see if they have rollaway cots or cribs to accommodate your kids’ needs. If you’re going to a park with rides and attractions, make sure you check out the height requirements to prepare your just-too-short tots. Getting as much info in advance will be a time and sanity saver later.
Call your hotel, resort, or travel agent and ask for perks. Free Wifi, free breakfast, and free cribs aren’t usually out of the question. Don’t be afraid to let your hotel know what they can do for you to make your stay even better. If you need something, hotels will typically go the extra mile for its guests and you won’t need to play the single parent card. Just remember to be polite, understanding, and don’t abuse the kindness.
Check the Fine Print
It’s not uncommon to be charged for double-occupancy, especially when traveling in a family unit. In fact, it’s pretty standard for resorts, especially those all-inclusive resorts, to charge based on two-adult occupancy. So, when you are booking and making arrangements, be sure you’re not going to end up being charged for an extra person.
Remember the Important Stuff
At the end of the trip, it’s all about the memories. Go with the goal of great memories and fun. As a single parent, it’s hard to put away the cape of trying to me Wonder Woman, mom, chef, chauffer, housekeeper, and provider. Focus on the fact that you’re traveling and with kids in tow, it’s always a challenge – with or without an extra hand.
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