Couples Vacations: Five Things to Do When You Travel Without the Kids
I am a firm believer that if mommy takes care of herself, she can take care of the family. So often we, as parents, feel guilty about taking a couple vacation without the kids in tow. We know how much fun it would be to have the whole family enjoying our experiences, but sometimes we’ve got to switch things up a bit. Here are five things you should do when you travel without the kids.
1. Look at it as a break
Not just for you. Sometimes, our kids need a break from us. Like most moms, I truly enjoy spending time with my family. However, every now and then, I have an opportunity to travel with my husband only or with a few of my friends and I come back feeling refreshed, recharged and renewed. Somehow, my kids seem to have a better appreciation for me when I return. So, I’ve concluded that couple vacations are a win-win for everyone.
2. Don’t worry
Easier said then done…I get it. Especially if you’re a new mom or even “not-so-new” mom, traveling without your babies can wreak havoc on your nerves and you’re worried about what’s going on while you’re away. You may even find it hard to truly relax and enjoy yourself on couple vacations. Don’t worry, they will be fine. Most likely, it’s harder on you than it is for the kids.
3. Don’t forget the souvenirs
When you shower them with gifts upon your return, they’ll remember it. This, hopefully, will make your next couple vacation’s departure a bit easier. Don’t stress about the gifts being elaborate or extravagant. Even if you forget, just grab them something from the drugstore on the way home. It’s the thought that counts.
4. Explore adventurously
Let’s be honest, you can’t really go four wheeling across the terrain, or zip line through the rain forest with your little ones in tow. So, take the time on couple vacations to indulge in all of the excursions that you might not normally experience on your average family vacations.
5. Live in the moment
Time flies when you’re having fun. Pretty soon, the couple vacation you’ve been planning for so long will be a distant memory and a collection of social media selfies and pictures. Try to take this time to truly enjoy yourself and be thankful for the opportunity of travel and sheer respite.
Whatever the reason and no matter the season, never feel guilty for traveling without your children. The guilt will rob you of your well-deserved time to relax and regroup!
Be sure to stay in touch with them and to also send them plenty of virtual hugs, kisses and love from the poolside. So, go ahead and plan your next couple vacation, and do your best to truly embrace your kid-free moments away and be a better parent because of it.
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- How to Help Kids Cope When A Parent is Traveling
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