Want to plan a romantic getaway but don’t have anyone to stay with the kids? Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, an upcoming anniversary or just because, don’t rule out bringing your children along—there are plenty of ways to sneak romance in while enjoying traveling with kids.
Consider the amenities
Lodging is a pivotal part of any trip, but it is even more important when trying to find time for romance. One option is to rent a small cabin or an apartment. Giving your children their own space and setting a bedtime will not only allow you some alone time, but it will also keep the kids from tossing and turning in your bed throughout the trip.
On chilly nights in snow-covered cabins, grab a bottle of wine and cuddle up in front of the fire to watch a movie. If you’re in a more tropical destination, make sure you book a room or a suite with a balcony. Get up before your little ones, make some coffee and watch the sun rise in paradise.
Research special activities when traveling with kids
Many hotels provide guests with day camps or supervised activities. Kids will experience a different side of the resort and make some new friends while you sneak away for the afternoon. For instance, the programs at various Ritz-Carlton resorts allow children to experience the environment surrounding the hotel, providing a variety of adventures, games and snacks geared toward your child’s age. Camp Hyatt at Hyatt Resorts is another program that will fill your child’s mind with adventures into local culture and history.
Some resorts create excitement for adults as well. The Hyatt Regency on the Hawaiian island of Maui offers a romantic evening of stargazing complete with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. While you’re at the Romance Tour of the Stars, just drop the kids off at the resort’s night camp.
Bring family and friends along
Grandparents are the perfect built-in babysitters—they typically cannot get enough of their grandchildren and would be happy to take them off of your hands for the night. Take advantage of the opportunity and spend the night out (or in, if you prefer) enjoying each other’s company. You could also plan your trip with your siblings or close friends. If they have children, alternate nights out with nights watching the kids. Taking turns will allow both you and your friends to experience romance while you’re traveling with kids. They will love having their friends around to play with.
Incorporate the element of surprise
If you manage to get some alone time, surprise your partner. Head out to a fancy candlelit restaurant, explore an ancient castle or meander along a river or coastline. If you won’t have the opportunity to spend a night out, leave little surprises around your room or in your significant other’s suitcase to remind them that you’re thinking of them even while your children are around.
Start before you leave
Before leaving on your trip, think about ways to get the romance started at home. Find classes you can take together—learn the native language of where you’re heading or take dance classes to experience the culture before your plane even touches down. Look up authentic dishes online and try to recreate them together at home. The romance doesn’t have to be exclusive to the trip!
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Some great advice here – even without kids, studying the language of your destination is a great way to make your holiday experience more memorable 🙂
The separate room idea is the best. When I was little, my sister and I HATED that our parents would make us keep the door to the adjacent room open. Even we wanted our own privacy!
Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest
I am not a parent, but have done a fair share of family travel with adults and children. Separate rooms and some activities are key to everyone’s enjoyment of the trip. Great tips!
I’m not a parent yet but I’m keeping your tips in mind for the future:-)
Great advice. I’m not a parent, but I have a lot of nieces and nephews that I get to travel with a lot. And these tips are spot on. I think when traveling with kids, it’s easier to in a group, because all the fun uncles/aunts/friends can take turns playing with the kids.
We’re all about big family travel! And multi-generational travel too, so everyone can get in on the fun (and swap out the kids once in a while!)