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One of my favorite commercials ever was from Disney Cruise Lines. There was a little boy with his mom, and baby brother inside an elevator, and the little boy talks all about the fun he had on his cruise and then at the end he says his parents call his baby brother their “souvenir”.
Let me tell you a little secret, you don’t have to be alone just the two of you to have a romantic vacation. Although I am a HUGE supporter of having vacation time alone to reignite the spark of romance, being a mom of three, I realize that you don’t always get that time alone to make the spark happen. Especially when it comes to vacation time! That’s why when picking a vacation destination for the whole family it’s like a matchmaking service. I’ll explain….
When someone wants to go to a resort or on a cruise, you want to find something for everyone and something that will keep the kiddos happy and maybe even some time to make new friends in a supervised kids club or activity so that mom and dad get that all precious alone time. For someone like me with super active boys it would be totally different than someone who has younger kids. A good example, I’m not as concerned about a resort having a tot lot, however I do care if they have supervised teen activities. Not that my kids will be there all day, however my boys are at an age where they do want some freedom, and I DO NOT want them running around a resort without anything to do. My one son LOVES sports, any kind of sports, the oldest likes golf, and my other son dabbles in archery and will try golf here and there. For us, I like Club Med, with all of their sports clinics and activities there is something to keep those guys busy and we get a little time away for us. Then at the end of the day we all get to be together as a family. However for someone who doesn’t have kids who likes sports, and has kids who would prefer chilling and the whole family are into the food experience I would suggest a Karisma property instead.
Even if you are taking a trip that isn’t at a resort, or on a cruise you can still sneak in a dinner or afternoon lunch for the two of you. When working with your travel professional and creating that perfect vacation let them know that you want a little romance in your family vacation. They will find a resort that offers babysitting service so that you can get some alone time for a couple of hours, and let’s face it you deserve it!
Here at Shores and More Travel, I realize that reconnecting is one of the most important reasons that we travel. The journey is not just on the map, it’s the memories and connections that we create while we travel.
And until next time,
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.