Saying that being a single mom is hard is not really the most controversial statement you will hear all week. Parenting is one of the most difficult things you will ever do, and doing it on your own, well, that’s an entirely different matter. All the hours, the sacrifices, the stress – it can take a toll on any woman. So, today we propose something a bit different – a getaway.
You deserve a break, there is no question about that. So why not get a little getaway on the way? Now, we know, the two main issues can be price and finding the time. We have taken that into account when writing up this article. So, you can do it alone, just get a good babysitter and skip town for a day or two. Or, perhaps you want to go somewhere with your kids? Below you can find some tips on how to do just that.
There are single-parent options and resorts
You should know that there are people out there who appreciate the struggle single moms face. For this reason, you should try to get some research done and see which places offer special packages and offers for single moms. These can be anything, from actual hotels and resorts to airports, tickets, transportation, cruises… You can expect to see discounts, or maybe even some free items or options.
Very few people know that this kind of option actually exists. However, with some good old internet snooping, you will definitely find some option that suits you. Raising a family is hard work, and doing that alone, and on one single income, well, we know it’s not easy.
So, an interesting idea that you and your children will simply adore is going out into the country. Fresh air, clean living, good eating, seeing a slower, more natural way of life. Going somewhere a bit more rural, like a farm, ranch, or just a small town in the middle of nowhere can be just the thing you need.
One option is visiting family and relatives that have their own farms. Of course, not everybody is fortunate enough, but if you are, you can get some quality time there for basically free. You get the opportunity to reconnect with family, and to rest a little.
You can always, however, enter a nice bed and breakfast, and visit the local attractions. There might be a petting zoo somewhere in the area for the kids, or even a kind of town fair if you arrive at the right time.
You can always try something a bit more adventurous and wild if your kids are big enough. For example, one thing you can try is a simple road trip. Get your car, get a couple of days off, and pick a spot on the map and drive. Of course, you can’t always do this, if, for example, the kids are too little. Or, sometimes you may need to get the right stuff to travel, like investing in good car seats for children, getting the right supplies, things like that.
You can take them on an adventure trail. There are places set up for that, like camps with adrenaline filled activities and sports (that are still safe for kids). Camps like these, in general, have two great benefits. First of all, they usually have a section saved up for the parents. Second, the councillors there will take care of your kids and keep an eye on them. And some even have parent/child activities that you can do together, to bond, and to have fun.
You can also go to the seaside and let the kids have fun there. All you have to do is sit on the beach and keep an eye on your little ones until they get tuckered out. It’s a win-win situation since they won’t be able to resist running and jumping and swimming, while at the same time this will wear them out and allow you to relax a bit for the rest of the day.
Go on a retreat
Perhaps you want to do something that is exclusively for you, and only you. So, why not go on a retreat? Things are extra complicated if you’re travelling with a baby on board, so why not get a babysitter and take a couple of days off? Go to a yoga retreat, a hiking trail, or just sit for two days on a beach with some mimosas and the sun keeping you company.
The point here is that you find some completely undisturbed, selfish, and focused my time. No children, no obligations, just chill out and relax.
You deserve to rest and to relax. For this reason, you should think of a getaway for either you or your kids. You can go rural, visit the seaside, plan an adventure or a road trip, or just go on some relaxing yoga retreat all by yourself. The point here is to put your feet up and just breathe.