Whether by choice or necessity, it is becoming more common for newlyweds to take their children with them on their honeymoon. Life doesn’t all ways proceed in the prescribed order it used to. It’s the lucky few who can do marriage – house – kids – in that order. So, if you are looking at planning a honeymoon with kids in tow, there’s no need to feel like you’re missing out.
Many of the usual tips for planning a perfect honeymoon still apply, even if you’re bringing the kids along. Your children’s age will impact your options, most especially on the amount of luggage you need. It’s pretty hard to travel light with babies and toddlers.
Pick Your Destination With Care
When you pick your destination, you want to try and find a location that is a compromise between a romantic getaway and a family-friendly vacation spot. You might not think that there’s much cross over, but there are some great options to consider.
Lapland, for instance, is a winter wonderland. There are exciting snow-based activities for the kids, including dog sledding and snowmobiling. A day in the snow is fantastic for exhausting your kids and giving you a quiet night. Then for the happy couple, the cold is the perfect excuse to snuggle up together in front of a warm fire to enjoy a drink and each other’s company.
The perfect destination will be one that you would be happy to go to as a couple alone, but that also has activities and facilities for your kids.
Look For Accommodation With Extra Space
Sometimes when you go on a family holiday, you can all end up crammed together into one-bedroom or having to tiptoe around as soon as the kids are in bed. This can be a real mood killer for a honeymoon.
There are some solutions, though. Apartments rather than hotels can offer more space, so you can breathe a little once the kids are down. If you’re in a hotel, try and get a room with a terrace. Having the option to step outside and be alone with your new spouse can give you the breathing space you need to have some quiet and intimate moments together.
You may also want to consider looking for accommodation that has some outdoor space. There is something romantic about dining al-fresco. It’s even better if when you’re done, your kids can run around entertaining themselves, while you and your partner sit back and relax, watching as they happily tire themselves out.
Schedule Activities For Your Kids
The secret to a good holiday is planning. The same goes for a honeymoon with kids. If you can plan activities for your kids before you leave, it will be a huge weight off your mind. It gives them something to look forward to and guarantees you and your partner some kid-free time.
If you can find a resort with a kids club and your kids are the right ages, that can be a jackpot result. For the same reason, a cruise can be an option to think about. The ones aimed at families have loads of things going on.
Pack Reliable Distractions
If you’re traveling internationally, then the space you have in your bags is precious. But, consider setting aside some room for a toy/game/movie playing device that your kids can’t resist.
All kids have something that you can put in front of them, and it sucks their attention in like light into a black hole. Normally you might fight them over it or limit their time, but your honeymoon is the perfect moment to whip out your child hypnotizing tool with no guilt. No-one is going to judge you for giving your child a screen on your honeymoon!
Make Memories as a Family
Every honeymoon should feature at least one genuinely unforgettable memory. There’s no reason that the whole family can’t be part of that experience. Happy memories can be all the sweeter when there is the soundtrack of happy children added in.
Most parents are more willing to do things for their kids than for themselves. So, you can use your kids as an excuse to do something that you always wanted. Something that all of you will enjoy and remember for a long time. Some great options include – going on safari, swimming with dolphins, or riding a horse along the beach.
Just remember that you are celebrating a big step for your whole family, so it’s only fair that your kids get to be involved as well. If you approach your planning with this in mind, you’re sure to end up with a holiday that you can all remember fondly.
Plan Some Alone Time
While it is lovely to celebrate your marriage as a family, you will want to have some time alone. So do your research before you go to find out what your options are. A lot of hotels and resorts have babysitting facilities or kids’ clubs. If you can offload responsibility for your children for even a couple of hours, then you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some ‘grown-up’ time.
If you plan to use a service like this, book it as soon as possible as they do get full. Be prepared to be a little flexible. It might be easier to get time alone during the day rather than in the evening. But don’t let that stop you from making some honeymoon memories without your kids along.
Author Bio: Cristin Howard runs Smart Parent Advice, a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Cristin writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase.
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