Going on vacation with our kids can sometimes be even more exhausting than our day-to-day lives with our kids. Still, having that quality time together to do nothing but have fun and enjoy each other's company is well worth getting up at the crack of dawn and packing the entire day full of all sorts of activities.
And that's why, for the life of me, I just don't understand the concept of hiring a "travel nanny" to go on vacation with you so you can relax and unwind while somebody else takes care of your kids 24 hours a day. Heck, forget the travel part -- why on earth do parents bring any sort of nanny on vacation? Doesn't that kind of defeat the whole purpose of taking a trip together as a family?
Ok, I'm not a complete idiot, because I get it. I really do. Parents deserve to have a little time to themselves while vacationing too, but if you aren't planning on spending barely any time with your kids during the trip, then why even bring them along in the first place?
If you need the downtime that bad, then it probably makes more sense to start separating your trips with the kids from adult trips you take alone where you leave them behind. Plenty of parents leave their children with family members or a trusted nanny in order to take a vacation where they can solely focus on being together as a couple and relaxing.
Just because you have children doesn't mean they have to accompany you on every single vacation. If you take your own vacation without them instead of paying for their travel expenses in addition to the nanny's travel expenses and salary -- you'll save a ton of money and have enough cash left over to take another trip with the whole family. (It's not rocket science.)
But if you don't have time to take two separate trips, you can still get the best of both worlds by forgoing the travel nanny and choosing a resort that offers a kids' camp so that you can squeeze in a few hours to yourself while still enjoying plenty of time with your children.
Last summer, my husband and son and I spent a week at the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and one of the reasons we chose the resort is because they offered a kids' camp a few days a week. While we spent the majority of our vacation doing activities together as a family, we did put our son in the kids' camp for two days during the week.
He went from 10:30 to 2:30 and played games and had all sorts of fun while my husband and I relaxed and read by the pool, and it was wonderful for everyone. The inn also offered a pizza and movie night for the kids on Friday, so we sent him to that as well while we enjoyed a lovely adult dinner in the hotel's fine dining restaurant. It was truly the best of both worlds, and we can't wait to go back.
Bottom line, if you are going to take a family vacation, then take a FAMILY vacation -- without the nanny -- otherwise you're totally missing the whole point of the trip.
You can hear more about the new travel nanny trend in this video clip.
Do you agree? Or do you think it's ok to bring someone along to take care of your kids for your entire vacation?
Image via Mary Fischer