Parents need a break every so often. It’s good for the relationship in many ways because it means you get to spend time together away from the kids and might even make the kids appreciate you more when you return.
If you’re planning a parents-only weekend getaway, you should consider the following suggestions. My tips and tricks for planning a parents-only weekend getaway that will knock your partners sock off. Like the time I surprised Craig with a trip to the Maldives.
The first and most important thing to figure out is who will take care of your kids while you’re away. It shouldn’t be the neighborhood babysitter or a friend. If something comes up, the babysitter won’t have a backup.
If you want to take this parents-only trip without any worries, you want to hire your babysitter through a service. If the babysitter can’t perform their duties for some reason, the service will send someone else in their place. The point is your kids will always be taken care of until you return from your long weekend getaway. Look for babysitting services near you and compare prices before you make a decision.
It’s a parents-only weekend, and that means you’re probably thinking of having a few romantic evenings, the kind where you don’t have to worry about kids knocking on your door. Why not get a little more adventurous now that you two have the freedom.
Bring along a few things to spice up the bedroom. Maybe this is an opportunity to pack fertility lube and grow your flock. There is a lot you can do to make sure this time is everything you hoped for. Talk to your partner, though. You should both be on the same page regarding this part of the trip, along with everything else.
PLAN THE WEEKEND AHEAD
While it’s okay to fly by the edge of your seats, you should do some planning. Leave room for spontaneity, but make sure you plan a few things to do together. Make reservations to restaurants you both are curious about, trying out and checking out things you could do while you’re there.
Do some shopping together but not too much. That can get old pretty quickly. Find out what locals love to do there. Maybe there’s a beautiful waterfall nearby, or maybe there’s a spectacular trail you need to see. You never know what’s around, so make sure you research the area you’re going to visit and add stops you both will love.
PLAN COUPLES ACTIVITIES
Parents tend to forget what dating is like. Besides going to the movies or going to a restaurant, there’s nothing else they can think of doing together. This is the reason you need to actively find things you can do together. For example, you could find out if there’s a salsa dance class or a dance club you two can go to to have a little fun. It doesn’t have to be salsa, though. Any type of dance will do.
Maybe you can learn on the spot or have fun trying. Perhaps you can take a quick pottery class or art class together. Find out what you can do wherever you’re going and do that. In essence, you want to add things you have to do together and have fun rediscovering those things that make your relationship special.
SET THE BUDGET
The worst thing to think about on any vacation is money, but it’s something you need to keep in mind. You don’t want to overspend and have that hanging over your head the rest of the trip. Financial stress is going to stain the weekend, making you irritable or scared.
You might not be able to enjoy the weekend, and that’s not a great thing. Figure out your budget before you two get going, look for ways to save, and make sure you’re both aware of a cap on spending. If you get this right, you’ll have a great weekend knowing that everything is under control.
These are the things you could keep in mind as you’re planning a parent-only weekend getaway. Make sure you talk to your kids openly about this trip so that they know why you’re leaving them and when you’ll be coming back.
Most of all enjoy the experience, being a good parent is just as important as being a good partner. Spoil yourselves, you both deserve it. What’s you best tip for planning an adults only weekend away? Leave your comment in the section below, I love to hear it.
Sal, Craig & Our3kids.