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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.

Before you go, be sure to check out these travel sleep tips for families from a child sleep expert.

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)

Learn more romantic getaway tips!

For a romantic destination that offers fun options for kids, too, consider booking a vacation in Monterey, California.

Another great vacation spot is the Big Easy. Take a look at these romantic things to do in New Orleans as well as these kid-friendly things to do in New Orleans.

If you can't getaway, then consider planning a romantic staycation instead.

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Tips for a Romantic Getaway with the Kids

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

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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