Traveling with kids comes with its own challenges. Traveling solo with kids brings a whole additional set of difficulties. Loneliness, disapproving looks, zero "break" time; the list goes on. It's as if you're constantly climbing uphill, carrying luggage for two-plus. For any single parents out there who have journeyed away from home with your kiddos, I know you know what I'm talking about.
The desire to develop trips for single/solo parents came from my own experience traveling alone with my young son. While I cherish the adventures we've shared together, I'm also willing to admit how much I would appreciate some adult conversation; or the opportunity to get a massage, or sit at a bar, or go for a run... you know, the typical things one associates with a "vacation."
Because I believe that exposing my son to travel brings so many benefits, I don't really have the desire to take exciting trips without him (I mean, I'm sure I would, given the chance).
So, after searching for travel opportunities for single parents and finding that most options available are packaged in more of the all-inclusive-resort, oh-my-goodness-thats-my-entire-month-paycheck style, I decided to create the opportunities for myself and invite others to join me.
The Of Course You Can! Travel Adventures for Single Parents provide a chance for other single parents to meet and share the joys and burdens of traveling with our children. With my background in designing experiential curriculum, they also provide enriching activities that explore a variety of topics from science, to art, to history, to yoga - and everything in between.
Traveling and connecting with other single parents has the potential to create friendships rooted in a deep understanding of the delights and challenges that our unique situations hold. Plus, being in a group allows you a chance to take some time for yourself - to take that run, or get that massage, or maybe even go out to eat, or dance, or explore - with just adults.
I'd love to connect with you at one of the upcoming single parent retreats. You can read about the upcoming Fripp Island Beach Retreat here. If you join us, you and your kids will be engaging in some ocean-themed art activities, play-laxing on the beach with some kid-friendly yoga, and conducting science experiments that explore what's happening to our oceans because of all the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Are you in?
And I'd love to hear from you below! Why do you love traveling with your kiddos? And are there any special challenges you might face while traveling as a single parent?