Travel is a great way to bond and make memories with your children, and while the prospect of travelling may seem daunting for a solo parent it is possible.
Here are some travel tips for solo parents.
Share The Adventure
Making memories on a holiday isn’t about how much you spend – it’s about how you share experiences with your little ones.
Broaden your horizons as a family by trying out new foods, appreciate a new world by visiting important historical and cultural sites, or expand your minds by learning a new language.
Whether you’re close to home or in a foreign place, each experience will create a milestone memory.
Travelling with small kids – especially alone – doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Planning travel time around their regular naptimes can help settle them, as can packing a few familiar and favourite toys or a tablet pre-loaded with their favourite shows, for the elder ones.
If you’re flying, taking the time to carefully pick the airline you choose to fly with, depending on how they cater to children, can make all the difference on your trip.
A word to the wise, Flight Attendants have seen it all before and may have a trick or two up their sleeves to assist with your children. So don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re at your wits’ end – or even if you just need a moment to yourself, to go to the bathroom.
Be Financially Savvy
Travel costs can add up especially as a solo parent so one must ensure bang for their buck and value for their hard-earned cash.
Keep an eye out for last-minute offers that often have great savings or plan your holiday in advance to get the best rates on hotels and airfares.
With all-inclusive holiday resorts like Club Med have amazing deals where children under 12 years of age also stay free at their Mauritius resorts, and those under 6 years stay free at their other sun resorts!
As much as it’s tempting to pack as much of your kid’s familiar toys and items as possible, it can make getting around on your own rather frustrating.
Modern child-friendly holiday resorts like Club Med offer all sorts of tiny creature comforts, from bottle warmers to prams and even child safety seats on airport transfers.
Make Time For YOU
Taking some time out for a break from something as intense as raising a child on your own is important for your physical and mental wellbeing.
Whether you are a parent raising kids on their own or flying solo due to your significant other being unable to join you on a holiday – you deserve a holiday that offers you much-needed time to yourself – even more so after the months-long lockdown. And the kids probably wouldn’t mind experiencing some crazy adventures and making new friends, either!
One of the most agonising experiences in the world is arriving back from a holiday, more tired than before you left – so be sure to pick a place that you know will give you an opportunity to relax, help cater for your children’s needs and go the extra mile to make your trip as easy as possible.