There are times when you want to go on a vacation, but you can’t do it because you have kids. You don’t want to bring them with you on a trip if you have no time to plan things out. Travelling with kids is totally different, and it requires longer planning period. You no longer have the opportunity to go on an unplanned vacation like you used to when you were younger.
Instead of bringing your child, you can arrange a child care instead. There are ways for you to ensure the safety of your child even when you are not around because you want to give time for yourself to travel.
Start with your family members
You can count on your closest family members to take good care of your child. Therefore, they should be the first people you will ask if you want someone to leave your child to. You know your relatives well so you know exactly who among them would be reliable enough to take care of your child.
Book hotels with child care facilities
If you really can’t leave your child behind, the next option is to look for hotels that offer child care facilities. In doing so, you can still have your child with you, but when you are on a day trip, you can leave your child behind. Of course, there are instances when you want to bring your child. You only avail of this service for places where children are not allowed or the place is not suitable for them.
Hire a nanny
Your nanny can go with you and take care of your child throughout the trip, or you can leave your child to your nanny. Either way, it is fine as long as you can trust the nanny to do the job. If you are hiring someone to work with you on a full-time basis, wait until you have completely gotten the trust of this person before leaving your child over a long period. You may also hire a temporary nanny who will go with you just for this trip.
Bring family members with you
If you don’t like the idea of hiring a nanny to go with you on a trip, hire someone you know. You might have cousins or nephews who don’t have anything to do on the day of your trip. For as long as all their expenses are paid, they won’t mind joining you on the trip to take care of your child. They are your relatives so you will feel more complacent.
Have clear instructions
Regardless of who you choose to take care of your child, it is important to leave that person with clear notes and reminders. This person does not fully know your child and it is not enough to be nice to your child. Your child might have medical requirements and other issues that needs to be addressed. You also need to provide all possible means to contact you in case of an emergency.
It is not easy deciding to travel without your child, but in case you really wanted some time off, follow these tips and you are good to go.
Featured and 1st image from https://www.caeiowa.org/help-my-children/finding-child-care/
2nd image from http://www.makeitworkcampaign.org/2016/02/09/when-luck-isnt-enough-finding-affordable-quality-child-care-for-my-toddler/