Friday, February 8, 2013

Intimacy and Travel with Children in Tow

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Thinking of taking a romantic jaunt this Valentine's Day, but worried that having the kids in tow could kill the mood?  We've got 5 great tips for building time for intimacy into your itinerary!

1. Stay and Play: Do your research and find accommodations that offer children's day camps, kids nights out, or babysitting.  Build some "couple" time around these activities; share some time alone together during the day (try the spa, the beach, a jacuzzi, or just enjoy an amorous afternoon together in the privacy of your room!), enjoy a dinner alone together, a nightcap, a romantic walk (or, enjoy the evening together in privacy of your room!).

2. Go Cruisin': Many cruise lines cater to families with children of all ages!  Most provide supervised activities and programs for children from pre-schoolers to teens, and many provide daycare/nursery facilities, freeing up a few hours for the two for you to enjoy one another's company and the romantic ambiance of the ship!

3. Do Not Disturb: Instead of staying in a hotel, consider renting a house or condo that offers separate bedrooms!  Having separate sleeping quarters has obvious advantages and provides a relaxed atmosphere that fosters romance; pop the kids in bed and share a bottle of wine before heading to the boudoir! 

4. Bring Along Babysitters: Whether you have an au pair, a nanny, a favorite babysitter, or grandparents, aunts or uncles who would enjoy sharing a trip, having an extra set of hands when traveling can come in handy!  Not only will your child enjoy spending some time with a trusted caregiver other than his or her parents; but it can free up time for the two of you to sneak off for a romantic interlude!

5. Make the Time: If all else fails, create a schedule and stick to it.  Establish and enforce a bedtime for the children that affords two hours just for the two of you at the end of the day.  Make time to spend together as a couple and enjoy it!  With a two-hour head start, your children should drift off to sleep soundly enough for the two of you to enjoy a little sleepy snuggling!

Wishing you all safe, happy, and romantic travels this Valentine's Day!
-Destination Mom

1 comment:

  1. I've never had problems bringing my Children along and staying in hotels. I think it all depends on where you're staying and letting the staff know that you're bringing them along so you get a good room. I would check a few children friendly hotels first: