How to plan an enjoyable child-free trip
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Been thinking of taking a trip with your partner that doesn’t include the kids? While travelling with your children is always an adventure, sometimes you just want that dream of relaxing on the beach without chasing after little people or performing extreme sports without worrying about their safety. While my husband and I have each taken individual trips away from our children for work or with friends, we are taking our first long-haul child-free trip as a couple in November to the Maldives (using a Companion Pass and Avios). Before you select ‘2 adults, 0 children’ on your hotel booking, read on for some tips to make the trip easier on everyone.
Do a practice run locally or within Europe
Before you jet off to Mexico, you may want to try a kid-free trip somewhere else in the UK, Europe or even on your doorstep. You can start with a staycation to one of the UK’s many cities and country destinations, even spending time by the sea for one or two nights. Our first-ever night away from our son was using Marriott Bonvoy points to stay at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel for just one night. Easing your way in can really help you, your children and the person watching your children gain confidence before you jet off to the other side of the world.
Have relatives come to you
Get your help some help
Set up a countdown calendar for the kids
Schedule time to communicate with the kids
As children value routine and schedule to feel safe, keeping them on their set schedule is important while you are away. We found out the hard way that randomly calling — especially around bedtime — could be very destablising for our children. A sudden FaceTime with us from another location jolts our children from their current routine and upsets rather than comforts them. Agree a time with your child’s carer and try to keep the schedule set rather than at random. If you find your child is upset seeing you somewhere else, you can also try to be in a non-descript location to Facetime (ie not on a sun lounger) or just a classic voice call.