Sep 26, 2018 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.
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.
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.