Tips for Traveling as a Single Parent

Airport-78777761Have kids and want to travel, but not sure that you can? Don’t let your single status stop you! Get your travel on. You may think that travel as a single parent might not be easy, since your children rely on you as their sole supporter, but by following these tips, your trek can go more smoothly.

Choose a Destination Based on Lifestyle: Is it tighter to pay the bills than it used to be? Don’t fret, getaways are still possible – just travel within your budget. So maybe Maui is out of the question. But, that doesn’t mean a quick road-trip across your state’s border to visit a beach is.

You’re Not Alone: Just because you’re not attached doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Invite your best friend or a close family member to accompany you on a getaway. That way, if you are afraid you won’t be able to handle all the demands, you’ll have some assistance. Not that you can’t do it on your own – we know you’ve got this!

Board Early: Some airlines board families first. Take advantage of that and book an airline that lets you board first and get situated before anyone else elbows their way on the plane.

Seat Decision: Ask the airline staff if there are any empty rows that you can trade for once you board the plane. An empty row means more space for you and your children. It also means that your children may have more room for toys and a nap.

Hash Out Backup Plans Before You Leave: Many vacations go off without a hitch, but some don’t. Be prepared for the “what if’s” involved in travel by:

  • Only booking at hotels that offer backup child care services in case you get sick.
  • Have your child carry identifying information on his/her person, so if there is an emergency, the correct people can be notified.
  • Carry copies of all your important travel documents and if your kids are old enough, tell them where they are in the event that something happens.
  • Go over emergency plans with older children, so they know what to do in case of an emergency.

Food Smarts: Let’s face it – sometimes kids don’t tend to be the best eaters. Instead of picking a pricey place to eat, it might make sense to get food from a local grocery store and make it in your hotel room.  Who wants to pay $15 so their kid can eat a waffle when cheese sticks, yogurt and fruit goes way farther (not to mention, make a healthier meal).
Traveling can have its perks and pitfalls no matter what your relationship status. If you’re single, it doesn’t mean you can’t travel – just do a little more research and prep before you go. You’ll be singing Happy Trails in no time!

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