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Single Parent Travel Tips – Advice for Solo Trips With Kids

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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.

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Just Ask

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.

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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.

Do have travel tips for single parents? Share your advice solo trips with kids in the comment section below. Or, if you have a must-know suggestion for fellow moms and dads who love to travel, feel free to post your tip and help out a fellow parent.

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13 Comments

  1. robin rue says

    I have traveled alone with my kids and it’s not easy. I have often found that people are really helpful when I need something, though.

  2. Stacie says

    Great information here. Traveling with kids can be a challenge when two parents are involved. When it’s just you and the kids, you really need to have all ducks in a solid row to save hassle and stress. This is worth a bookmark!

  3. Mitch says

    As hard as it is to travel with a spouse who needs a lot of guidance, and a useless teenager, I still would not be as brave as you to travel as a single parent! Thanks for the tips, they will help me as well!

  4. Melissa Chapman says

    I rarely travel more than a day trip alone so I consider myself lucky. These are great tips to use even when I have my husband with me.

  5. Liz Mays says

    These are good points for when you’re bringing a child along. Doing thorough research beforehand can help you avoid accidentally booking at full price for two adults!

  6. Pam Wattenbarger says

    I used to travel alone with my kids all the time and one thing I found was lots of snacks and toys helped keep them calm.

  7. Theresa says

    That’s a great reminder about checking for the double rate for an extra adult. That’s not something I would have considered looking in to but will definitely remember it for future travels!

  8. kristi says

    I’ve done several trips solo with kids, including a 17 day England trip with two 10 year olds. We have also done long road trips. My first tip is to not over pack, you can always do laundry and wear things over.

  9. Carol Cassara says

    I don’t have kids but I can imagine the struggle of a single parent traveling with a child or more than one child. It’s really important to have everything prepared especially the essentials that you might need while you’re in transit.

  10. Dogvills says

    I love these tips. It is indeed difficult to travel solo with a child (or children) in tow. Careful planning is a must, and we must make sure that all our queries have been answered before we start out on the trip.

  11. Wendy Polisi says

    Being overly organized is definitely helpful. Having a backup plan for anything that could go wrong possible saves a ton of stress.

  12. Cinny says

    It certainly is challenging but can be done! I think it takes a bit more preplanning but just as much fun!

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