Single Parent Travel Tips

 

I’ve had single parents, grandparents, aunts, etc ask about traveling with kids when it’s just you – a single adult. Is it possible to travel as a single parent or grandparent with out that extra set of hands? Of course it is! I don’t have any tricks to make it easier but I do have some sound advice that I hope will help.

 

IS IT WORTH THE EFFORT?

 

There really is no better way to learn and gain real world experience than by traveling. It will go a long way in helping your kids grow up to be well rounded individuals. The more you do it the easier it will be. That I can promise you.

Derek has the fondest childhood memories of road trips with his grandfather and cousins. Likewise some of my best childhood memories involve one of my parents (they divorced when I was young) taking me on a trip. As adults we appreciate the memories so much more because we KNOW the effort that was made to create these memories for us.

 

PLAN AHEAD

 

Hope for the best but plan for the disasters! From food, weather, and ways to entertain your child make sure you are over prepared because if disaster strikes you will feel much less stress in what could possibly be an already stressful situation.

The ultimate trick when it comes to planning activities is to balance having a loose structure to your day without agonizing over every detail because with kids you honestly don’t know what will happen.

 

START SIMPLE

 

Plan somewhere close by that seems the least daunting to build your confidence. If the thought of an airport sends you into a panic plan a road trip! It can be close to home and familiar. Then you can work out the kinks from a space of relative ease and familiarity.

*Remember when traveling out of country with one or no parents make sure you get a Travel Consent Form.

 

DON’T OVER PACK

 

If there is only one adult this is crucial because you are the one in charge of luggage. Make sure it rolls and have the child/children you are traveling with be in charge of their own backpack.

 

 

You can always team up with other single friends or family members if the idea of doing it solo takes all the fun out of the experience but I hope you will at least give it a try. I think you will end up surprising yourself.

 

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3 Comments
  • Suzanne Cunningham
    Posted at 17:22h, 26 September Reply

    Traveling with children teaches them responsibility. I use to say to my children, watch me, you are responsible for making sure that I don’t get lost😆placing our togetherness as a group effort.
    They are world travelers and love meeting new people, absorbing cultures, respecting humankind.
    Terrific article!

  • Ashli Barnes
    Posted at 17:23h, 26 September Reply

    I took my 5 and 3 year old nephew and niece on two road trips this summer. I love that they still call me and ask when we can do it again. 🙂

  • Olga Pekalska
    Posted at 00:41h, 27 September Reply

    I absolutely love this article.
    I’ve taken my niece and nephew on solo trips, as well as some of my kiddos I do respite with. Definitely hope for the best, but plan for all the disasters. Hahahaha.
    Also, as a teacher I’m always the first to volunteer for any overnight trips with our grade 6s as those are amazing experiences for all involved. Frankly all field trips are. Always wonderful to see kids and for them to see me in a different light. Love it.
    Thanks for sharing. 💖😊

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