5 Tips for Taking Vacations Without Kidssharonbeesley
Last week my husband and I took a much-needed vacation without our kids to New Orleans. IT WAS AWESOME. Today I tell how we escaped for the weekend! I also include some of the places we’ve gone together. Sometimes we stayed in a hotel close to home, sometimes we flew across the country. One day (I hope!) we’ll take a quick sail together across the world!
Here’s how we got a quick trip to New Orleans:
1. Flew in Family to Watch the Kids
After looking into all the childcare expenses, we realized it was cheaper to fly in Grandma rather then hire someone to watch our kids for the weekend. She was ecstatic and invited Grandpa along! The kids definitely felt like they traded up!
2. Made Each Day Count
We flew in on Thursday and left Sunday night. It wasn’t much time, but it’s amazing how much we did! With kids, I schedule one maybe two activities a day with a ton of down time. But my husband and I fit in around 5 or 6 activities a day without any tantrums! This was my favorite part of the trip. We took naps when we wanted to, we ate late at night, we watched whatever we wanted on TV. While we would have loved to stay an extra day or two, we had to get back to work. But the truth is, four days was just enough. It doesn’t have to be a long getaway!
3. Wrote Out Schedules and Left Important Documents
Oops! I didn’t do this step. But I wish I would have! I briefly told the grandparents the school schedule, but writing it out would have been better. Plus including tips like, “Bring snacks when picking up the boys from school! They are starving bears!” wouldn’t have hurt. Also, I didn’t even think about leaving important documents like a consent to medical treatment and a Will. I’m an optimistic person by nature, but I should have thought it through. Next time I’ll reread this article for more details about the legal documents I should leave behind.
4. Flew Home Late at Night After The Kids Were Sleeping
I loved coming home to a dark quiet home and getting a full night’s rest before seeing my kids. It was a great way to ease out of vacation mode and back into mommy mode. Being greeted by the kids the next day and handing them presents made the morning feel like Christmas.
5. Bonus: The Older the Kids = Less Work for the Sitters
One of the benefits of having kids over the age of 4 is that things start to get easier. All my kids are potty trained. They know how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They pour themselves a glass of milk 75% of the time without making a huge mess. They are in school from 8:30am – 2:30pm on weekdays. They sleep through the night. I’m not claiming it’s effortless to take care of them, but kids certainly come with a few perks.
How often do you vacation without your kids? How do you work out the logistics of it all? Where do you go? I put some of the places I’ve gone with my husband in a slide show. I recommend all of them! Where do you recommend? Grandma and Grandpa keep your bags packed! We’ll be flying you back soon!