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How to Travel as a Single Parent

Being a single parent doesn't mean you have to be stuck at home. Travel as a single parent and make it pleasurable for the whole crew by planning well.


  • Step 1: Take an afternoon at a local playground or park for uninterrupted fun with the kids. Take them on a local tour of historic areas.
  • Step 2: Steal moments to relax while the kids nap. Reading, reflecting, sunning, or listening to music will allow you to recharge. Take time to enjoy your vacation, and still create unforgettable memories with your little ones.
  • FACT: In 2010, travel and tourism generated $100 billion in tax revenue for local, state, and federal governments in the United States.
  • Step 3: Get in some activity and exercise. Play golf or run on the beach while your children are busy with programs on the hotel premises, or play games with them.
  • Step 4: Check in electronically and set up mobile alerts to your cellphone, updating your flight status. Reserve a car so that you can walk in and drive off without delays.
  • TIP: Check out parents-without-partners websites to learn about travel ideas and social opportunities for you.
  • Step 5: Plan a trip with other family members or another family who has children. That way, the kids can play together, and the adults can share babysitting responsibilities.
  • Step 6: Involve the kids in the planning process. Find common activities and let them help choose the hotel. Find places with kid-minded amenities, like games and events, a bonus backpack upon check-in, and special menu choices.

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