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.
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
lost in our resort (without each other), I realized it
might be time to establish some sanity-saving rules of the road.
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.
TO BE AS A
New area with exclusive facilities and personalized service, for the whole family to enjoy a luxury stay.