How to Plan the Perfect Kid-Free Getaway
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Beth Derrick
April 2019
Writing
Contributor
Written by
Beth Derrick
April 2019
Writing

It’s not often that we as parents get a break from working, writing and parenting. Just over a year ago, I met the woman that is now my wife, and her son. We've not had much time to ourselves besides our honeymoon since meeting, dating, engagement and now marriage, so if you find yourself like us, when the kids are away, you should definitely make time to play. I've written a lot about my dive into parenthood, and this is truly no different. Whether they’re going to a weekend sleepover with friends or hanging out with their grandparents during summer break, this is your opportunity to step away from the norm and have fun as a couple. A kid-free getaway is an excellent way to make that happen. Here are a few tips we learned and want to share below to help you plan the perfect trip.

Set Your Budget

You’ve still got a household to support so you don’t want to go overboard on your parents only getaway. How much do you have set aside for a trip? Create a travel budget and think about expenses like your transportation, hotel or Airbnb reservation, and spending money. If you don’t have a large budget to work with, no worries because you can still have a great time and bond with each other without going bankrupt. Just look for vacation packages, coupons, and deals to lower the cost of your trip. You can make this work on any budget.

Decide What You Want to Do

What’s something the two of you haven’t done in a long time? What are some things you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the time? For us, we wanted to go somewhere relaxed with lots of wineries and good food, so we chose a town full of wineries in the Texas hill country. Now is the time to step outside of your comfort zone and bond on a whole new level. You can plan a romantic beach getaway, go to a quiet bed and breakfast, explore the nightlife in the city, or plan a weekend of rest and relaxation at a luxury hotel with spa services. Once you know what you want to do and how much you can afford, you can use this information to choose your destination.

Make a List of Things You Need to Pack

We are both list makers, so naturally had lists for our lists for our own quick honeymoon. Now that you know where you’re going and what you’ll be doing once you get there, start thinking about what you’ll need to pack. Be specific when considering your list of packing needs as you don’t want to get far away from home and realize you’ve left something important, but also don't pack the kitchen sink. If you’re going to be hiking or doing a lot of walking and sightseeing like we did, then you’ll want to pack things like mens and womens walking shoes. If you're going to be swimming, take plenty of swimsuit options and necessary beach gear. 

Beyond clothes and shoes for your parents getaway, you also want to make sure you’ve packed things for your health, wellness, and safety. If you plan to indulge in nightlife activities like drinking and dancing you might want to bring supplements to help with a hangover. You don’t have to know what causes a hangover to know that they’re the worst way to spend your time. You might also pack medication, vitamins, supplements, a first aid kit, extra cash in a safe place, and a copy of your identification just in case yours is lost or stolen.

Get the Kids and House Situated

By this time in your planning, you know when you’re leaving for your kids-free getaway. We had a good friend offer to stay with our son and dogs so we could have time away, so thankfully, we were able to plan a honeymoon based on such a kind gesture. Before your departure date comes, make sure you’ve got the kids squared away. Enlist trusted family members or friends to watch them, get them to school, and help with their homework. You may also need to make arrangements for their meals, after school activities, and anything else they might need while you’re away. This was a breeze thanks to one friend being dedicated to ours for a few days, but logistics might be a bit more tricky if there are multiple people to coordinate with. Trust me, it's worth it.

Another important tip before going on your getaway is to make sure the house is taken care of. You want to take security measures to ensure your home isn’t broken into while you’re away. Make sure the lawn is done, ask a neighbor to pick up the mail, determine if you need a house, plant and pet sitter, and alert the home security company so they’re aware no one is home. It’s also not a bad idea to take care of your chores, any outstanding work and clean your home before you go so you don’t have to clean up as soon as you return from your trip. The last thing you'll want to walk into is a messy home when you return from your relaxing and rejuvinating adventure.

Parents work so hard to provide for their children and ensure their happiness. It’s only right that they get to take a break on occasion and get away from it all. If you’re due for a kids-free trip, find someone you trust to hang onto your kids for a few days, then consider the steps above to plan a trip you won’t soon forget. I know I have a list of story ideas from our honeymoon, from the wineries and little shops we visited, we can't wait for our next kid free adventure! 

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