Based in New York, the journalist and travel writer Freda Moon reminds us that there is an excellent reason to reconsider the big picture in planning for a get-away with little ones in tow – as well as middle-schooners and adolescents – to assure that the experience will be memorable (in a good way) and will introduce them to the great adventure of traveling, even at a tender age, that they may look forward to making a part of their lives as adults; and at the least they will have a positive experience together as a family.
One of the first hints that Moon provides in her 28 April article “5 Tips for Finding Child Care for Your Next Vacation,” appeared on the Travel pages pf NY Times on 26 June is giving some thought t0 arranging for assistance with child care at some point, and asking what might an appropriate budget item for this could be a prime consideration. so identifying a beach resort that includes on-site care in the price of the stay can allow parents to rest assured that you will be nearby and easily reachable. For other vacations – whether in the city or the countryside – there are services that offer well-vetted babysitters for the short-term, such as urbansitter.com or care.com:
Freda Moon notes in particular:
“For infants and toddlers, babysitters are often available for one-on-one care for an additional fee. … A handful of resorts, including Franklyn D. Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, and the three Caribbean locations of Sandals’ Beaches resorts, offer private “vacation nannies” — babysitters assigned to each family — at no additional cost.”
All-Inclusive rates per night may well be very comprehensive and include “transportation to and from the airport, three restaurant meals a day for two adults and a child, entertainment, top-shelf liquor, sports equipment and — the ultimate perk — full-time individual child care.”
Bringing your own babysitter – either grandparents or other family member or a family friend wh0 is known to the family and trusted – can greatly enhance the experience for each member of the family to relax and enjoy themselves.