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Tips for a Romantic Getaway WITH the Kids!

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Becoming a parent should not mean the end of romance! Traveling with your partner provides an opportunity to escape the stresses of every day life and reconnect with each other. If you can’t find a sitter, or you simply don’t want to leave the kids at home, follow these nine tips to make room for romance on family vacation.

Make time for romance on family vacation! (Photo credit:

Make time for romance on family vacation! (Photo credit: (Photo credit: DenKostiukBO, depositphotos.com)

1. Spring for a suite or connecting rooms.

Nothing zaps romance faster than lack of sleep. If your child is a light sleeper, a room with a separate door is a must. What adult wants to turn in for the night pre-sunset?

A suite also allows for privacy after bedtime. Make sure you know what you’re getting when you book the room, though, because sometimes a “suite” is simply a larger room with a sitting area.

Separate rooms means more privacy for parents

Separate rooms means more privacy for parents (Photo credit: Dmitroza, Depositphotos.com)

2. Book a room with a balcony or patio.

A balcony at your hotel or on a cruise ship can make a great retreat for conversation and a relaxing drink with your honey after you’ve tucked the kids into bed. All the better if that outdoor space comes with a hot tub! If traveling with a baby or young child who still naps during the day, this extra space enables parents to enjoy the outdoors while little ones doze, too.

Toast your honey on your balcony or patio

Toast your honey on your vacation balcony or patio (Photo credit: Wavebreakmedia, Depositphotos.com)

3. Choose accommodations that offer a kids club.

Enjoy a little romance on family vacation while children are busy at kids camp. Many resorts offer group babysitting with activities like crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and local activities like hula dancing in Hawaii. Examples of hotels with kids clubs include Beaches Resorts (23 months through teenagers), Club Med (4 months to 17 years), Four Seasons (5 years+ at most locations), Hyatt Regency (age 3 or 5 to 12), and Disney’s Aulani Resort (ages 3 to 12).

Kids attending Aunty’s Beach House kids club

Kids enjoying Aunty’s Beach House kids club at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Maui, Hawaii (Photo credit: Disney)

4. Cruise into romance.

Family-friendly cruises offer fun activities for all ages and provide group childcare to allow for couple-time. Some of the best cruise lines for children are Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

For privacy after the kiddos go to bed, it’s best to book connecting cabins or a suite, if you can afford it. Alternatively, Disney Cruise Line offers a handy “privacy curtain” between the grown-up bed and the children’s sleeping area. Read our tips for cruising with kids now!

The parents' bed in the foreground of the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah on Disney Dream, with curtain to separate from the convertible kids' sleeping area

Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah on Disney Dream, with privacy curtain to separate the parents’ bed from the convertible kids’ sleeping area (Photo credit: Matt Stroshane, Disney)

5. Invite family along.

Vacations provide a great opportunity for your children to bond with grandparents and other family members. All the better if grandma and grandpa are willing to watch the kids so you can duck out for a night or two on the town! Just be sure to discuss babysitting arrangements before you leave home to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Grandma and son swimming together at Sheraton Maui

My mom and son swimming together at Sheraton Maui (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. Travel with friends.

Co-vacations with friends work best with other parents who also have children around the same age as your offspring. The kids will enjoy playing together, allowing for some adult conversation during your trip. Plus, couples can take turns babysitting so each pair can steal away for an evening alone.

Ski vacation with friends

Co-vacations with friends mean more fun and more babysitters (Photo credit: Cristina Conti, Depositphotos.com)

7. Hire an in-room babysitter.

Using a local babysitter allows parents to indulge in a date night while traveling. Care.com is the world’s largest online family care platform, offering babysitting services in 20+ countries. Sign up with Care.com today and receive 20% off a premium membership!

Alternatively, most resorts will provide a list of recommended sitters or childcare agencies. Additionally, two cruise lines offer in-cabin babysitting — Celebrity and Holland America.

Prepare before leaving home by checking references in advance. If you plan to go out without your children more than once, book the same sitter for multiple visits during your vacation. This will likely make the experience less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone.

Hire a local babysitter while on family vacation

Hire a local babysitter while on family vacation (Photo credit: obencem, Depositphotos.com)

8. Bring along a trusted nanny or babysitter.

If you do not mind sharing your vacation with your regular sitter, bringing her along will provide the most flexibility for enjoying adult-only activities during your family vacation. Full-time childcare providers are typically paid their usual weekly rate plus any meals or entrance fees while traveling with families. The babysitter often sleeps in a connecting room with the children. You may be able to convince a part-time childcare provider to tag along to a fun destination in trade for room and board if you provide her with some free-time during the trip.

Bring along a trusted nanny or babysitter on your travels

Bring along a trusted nanny or babysitter on your travels (Photo credit: IgorVetushko, Depositphotos.com)

9. Make “we” time a priority.

Even if a suite or babysitter is not in your budget, do make room for romance during your travels. Whether you take a moment to clink glasses with your partner during a toast in at dinner, hold hands with your honey as you walk along the beach, or you snuggle with your spouse after the kids are asleep — vacations are a time for relaxation and reconnection. Parents definitely deserve a little romance on family vacation!

Yes, you can find romance on vacation with kids!

Yes, you can find romance on vacation with kids! (Photo credit: Scharfsinn, Depositphotos.com)

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How do you make room for romance on family vacation? Let us know in the comments below!

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. So many times on family vacations we neglect to have a picture of Mom and Dad together. However, getting those snuggly pictures of the two of us brings back warm memories of our couplehood on our warm vacation.

  2. In Las Vegas, we used Grandma Dottie’s babysitters. Grandma Dottie sends over a “Grandma” to watch the kids for $10 per hour. Just about all her grandmas have been working for her for ten years.
    (4 hr minimum)

  3. Arianny Rodriguez says

    HI Colleen, this is a great list! My husband and I make it a point to take a trip by ourselves every now and then. I realize this is a luxury because both of our mothers live nearby. But you are so right, even if you take the kids, it can be as simple as holding hands. After 15 years of marriage, we only do that we are out by ourselves. Once we set up a photoshoot during one of our trips without the kids. We were instructed by the photographer to be romantic so we really were! I guess this could work even if it’s during a trip with the kids. You can do photos as a family and then have the kids step aside and do a couples shoot!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Definitely! We had photos taken during one family trip (in Portland, OR) and I loved having the whole family together and some individual/couple shots taken as a souvenir of our vacation. I really should plan to do a professional photo shoot during our travels once per year!

  4. Great tips! I love that you include options at different price points!

  5. I love these! We sometimes take our baby boy to a dinner date. We both dress up, we book a nice restaurant and we make sure to take some toys with us, so he can play at the restaurant and we get to talk to each other, just the two of us, when he focuses on the toys. It works great and I think it’s super romantic too.

  6. Denise @In-Home Medical Supplies says

    If you can’t leave them behind, it’s good you can still find ways to have a romantic getaway. Thanks for the tips.

  7. These are great tips for a family trip with kids. It is always fun to travel with friends that have kids too so adults can have their own time while kids have fun with each other.

  8. Matt Taylor says

    Those are all great tips for having a romantic getaway when you have kids. I don’t have kids yet hopefully, someday, gotta find a girl and get married first. lol

  9. i dont have kids yet, but will deff have to read this again with kiddos! great tips 🙂

  10. Ntensibe Edgar Michael says

    Nnniiiiccceeeee…..cruising into romance! Hearing that alone makes me wish I had somebody to call my love, you know! A cruise together would do us good.

  11. Great list! Cruising is such a great idea – private time for all.

  12. Myrah Duque says

    Romance needs to keep going in a relationship, just because you are now a parent doesn’t mean it ends. We brought my aunt along when my daughter was younger. She was so much help and at the same time had fun traveling wit us.

  13. These are amazing ideas! I so agree that we all need those romantic moments to reconnect with each other every once in a while! I have 2 little kids and we have no one to leave them with, so we always take them with us! I love the idea of a cruise and kids club! Thanks for the useful tips!

  14. katrina Kroeplin says

    those are great ideas. i love the adjoining room ideas. i will have to remember that.

  15. It is really hard to balance relationships and then kids on top of that. This is great advice.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Thanks! Glad you like my tips. The kids will only be around for 18 years but we need to keep the marriage alive beyond that (hopefully)!

  16. Emman Damian says

    I think Spring for a suite or connecting rooms is a good idea. You can check on them from time to time while having privacy too. That’s a great idea!

  17. Keryn Means says

    Traveling with friends is the best way to get some me-time for sure. Even better, cousins who are old enough to babysit or grandparents who don’t mind staying in for dinner. Ha!

  18. These are tips are SO underrated. We always try to find ways to keep the romance up when we’re travel, though it certainly takes effort. Love this.

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