Whether you are new to single parenthood or it is a journey that you have been on for sometime, it is likely that at some point the time will feel right to embark on an adventure with your little people and book a holiday for you all. The thought can be daunting but spending some quality time away with your kids without the distraction of home life builds strong bonds and memories that last a lifetime.
Here are some of our top tips for holidaying as a single parent to ensure you get the most out of your time away:
- Before you head off make a list of the absolute essentials you need to make sure you have. Medication? First Aid kit? Wet wipes? Favourite bed time toys? If really needed, all other things can be purchased when you arrive if they are forgotten but knowing you have packed all the key items will help ease your mind of any packing woes.
- When you arrive, take advantage of the open space. Let your kids run free and take the edge off that holiday excitement whilst you unpack and make yourself that first holiday brew (or G&T!) It’s what Devon is wonderful for and what we love seeing our guests do.
- Befriend other families or single parents on your holiday. Kids are great at making new friends and whilst they play it is lovely having someone to chat to. You and other parents can help give each other ideas for favourite places where you are staying and some great ways each of you have spent your time on holiday so far.
- So many of our locations offer excellent play areas both inside and outside. Many offer experience time too where you can meet animals, look around working farms or go on guided tours of the local area. So many of these offerings come at no extra charge and are great for those watching their budget.
- Make sure you have a simple meal at home for your return so there is no need to rush to the shops as soon as you get back. Microwave Mac and cheese? Frozen pizza? No judgement here! Knowing you have something at the ready for when you and the kids get in offers great peace of mind.
- Take advantage of our hosts – they are there to help. Ideas for local days out? An activity that entertains a wide range of ages? Information about something you spotted on a walk? We would love to chat to you and help in any way we can.
- And breathe! Remember to relax yourself – it’s your holiday too and we are certain you deserve the rest.