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Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2017

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

If applicable, always get a signed letter of consent

from your child’s other parent. It should include all

passport numbers and expiry dates, where you’re

going, and contact information for both parents. For

some reason, border guards almost always ask for

one when you return home (and it’s totally not cool

if you don’t have it). Also, school your kids on how

to talk to the guards — specifically not to answer

“I don’t know” when they’re asked who you are...

GET THE LITTLES TO PULL THEIR WEIGHT

Get each child a kid-sized rolling suitcase and a small

backpack so everyone is responsible for their own travel

gear and inflight entertainment. Navigating the airport

with boarding passes, passports and little ones is tricky

enough — no need to add back-breaking labour to the mix.

HAVE A “JUST IN CASE” PLAN

Take a picture of your kid(s) every morning. This way, you

get a cute photo of them before they’re cranky or covered

in anything, and if they get lost, you’ll know what they were

wearing. Also, always decide on a meet-up spot. Always.

MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT ROOM

Kids need downtime (even if they say they don’t), which

means you could be stuck in your hotel room, sans-adults,

while they rest. Ask your travel advisor to request a room with

a balcony view of the beach, the gardens or the pool. Relaxing

with a splurged-on sip from the mini bar while they read or

watch a movie is an awesome way to sneak in some you-time.

TREAT YOURSELF

Order room service at least once during your stay. Kids love it,

and it is way less demanding than dragging everyone to a restaurant

after a long day of sun. It’s also a deliciously indulgent way to start

a day full of play — especially if you find yourself wishing for just

five more minutes in bed.

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH KIDS AS A SINGLE PARENT WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

(OR ANYTHING ELSE)

As a single parent, any vacation where I’m travelling alone with my child has always

felt a bit like herding a cat on catnip (frustrating to say the least). Finally, after a trip

during which I arrived 24 hours early to the airport by accident, lost my son’s bathing

suit mid-flight and got us

both

lost in our resort (without each other), I realized it

might be time to establish some sanity-saving rules of the road.

Flying Solo

By Jennifer Hamilton

E X C E P T I O N A L

Extensive stretches of white beaches with turquoise blue water, ideal for playing all day long! Areas

designed for children to enjoy their favorite activities under the care of a highly qualified team. Well-

appointed accommodations, beautiful swimming pools and fun activities for children of all ages.

WHERE

YOU

WANT

TO BE AS A

FAMILY

New area with exclusive facilities and personalized service, for the whole family to enjoy a luxury stay.