Dads like to travel differently with their family. Our members like to mix in a little adventure in with our family time. Let Traveling Dad show you how to get the most out of your vacation travel. This month, cover the 7 essential tips for single parent vacations…Read more.
What to Know
Before You Go – 7 Tips for Single Parent Vacations
Vacations can be both fun and frustrating as the enjoyable
often mixes with the stressful. For single parents, vacations can be even more
difficult. For single dads, the main goal of a vacation is to spend some
enjoyable, quality time with your children. However, it can also be relaxing
and rewarding to get a little adult time in the midst of your family vacation.
No matter what your vacation goals as a single dad, here are
a few helpful hints to ensure a fun time is had by both dad and children.
7 Vacations Tips for Single Dads
1.) Don’t worry about being the only single parent. At most
resorts or vacation places, single parents will be in the definite minority.
Does it really matter? Since you are there to see the sites and enjoy some
quality time with your kids, it really doesn’t matter!
2.) If it really bothers you to be around happy couples and their
kids, there is hope. You can book a vacation with a group that caters to
single-parent families, go with someone you know who is also a solo parent, or
take advantage of travel deals for single parents.
3.) Look for the best deal when traveling to resorts. Most
resorts base their pricing on two adults and double occupancy. But, if it’s
just you and your kid, is it worth it to pay the same price as two adults? Your
child probably won’t eat the same fancy food or order a banana daiquiri at the
pool, so you need to look for an individual itinerary, a kid’s fare, or some
other discount that can reduce your costs.
4.) Book a vacation rental. Though at first glance the
rental fees for a vacation home or condo might seem high, a second look may
change your mind. If you consider that you pay for the place and not how many
are staying, you can travel with another family or two, and save money.
Vacation rentals also have kitchens, so you save big when compared to eating
out every night.
5.) National parks make great vacation destinations. Our
national parks are great places to learn about history, see nature in all it’s
beautiful glory, and spend a fun vacation with the kids. There are national
parks all across the country, so chances are you won’t have to travel too far
to enjoy our country’s gorgeous scenery.
6.) Splurge a little. Yes, vacations can be expensive, and
you have already spent enough on the resort, the amusement parks, and the
expensive snacks. But, don’t miss a chance to splurge at least once on the
vacation. An extra park, a special restaurant for the kids, some high-priced,
but oh-so delicious ice cream – it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but a little
splurging goes a long way in the hearts and minds of the kids.
7.) Make sure to carve out some free time. Depending on the
ages of your kids, it can be relaxing to get a little down time from the
amusement parks and tourist traps. Get a massage, read a book by the pool, or
order a fine glass of wine with dinner. You’re a great father taking his kids
on a wonderful vacation, and you deserve just a little “me” time!
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Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
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RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
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