You may not think the words “honeymoon” and “kids” go together, but you’d be surprised at how easy and enjoyable it is to bring kids with you on a trip meant for two.
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Most people worry that kids will cramp their style, but in reality, bringing your kids with you on a second honeymoon can make romantic moments even better.

The benefits of traveling with kids

When you go on your first honeymoon, one of the things you’re celebrating is the beginning of your new family. But like many couples starting out, you may have had to celebrate modestly just after the wedding. Now that you have a little more disposable income, you want to have the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of.

Traveling together gives you shared memories.

Since your little family has grown, you have more people to celebrate with. If you go off on your own and your kids are older, they’ll feel left out of the fun. You’ll come home with amazing pictures, but they won’t have experienced that beach or mountain with you. Traveling together gives you shared memories.

If your kids are younger, a huge benefit to having them with you is peace of mind. It’s hard to predict how young children will act for extended periods of time away from their parents, but you won’t have to worry if they’re close by. The more you can relax when you’re away from your kids, the easier it will be to make the most of your vacation.

Being apart, together

So what makes it a second honeymoon, rather than a family vacation? On a traditional family vacation, you’re always together. You eat your meals together. You go on adventures together. It can get to be a little too much togetherness! On a second honeymoon, you prioritize time to do more private, couple things, but you don’t have to sacrifice family time entirely.

On a second honeymoon, you prioritize time to do more private, couple things, but you don’t have to sacrifice family time entirely.

Let’s say you’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii. You may want to drink piña coladas on the beach as a couple, but you don’t want your kids to miss out on hiking up that volcano. When you bring the kids on your second honeymoon, you get to create both romantic, peaceful memories with your spouse and share new experiences with your kids.

Sounds great, but how do you get alone time?

The secret to a successful experience is in planning a trip where there’s something for everyone. That way, you get to be apart from the kids some, yet they don’t feel like you’re blowing them off. Everyone has fun. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Don’t ditch the sitter completely. If you can afford it, bring one with you. This will give you maximum flexibility, especially if your children are young enough to require 24-hour care.

  2. Take a cruise. Many cruises are geared toward families and offer child care. They let you relax without worrying about younger kids, and there’s plenty for older kids to do, too. This is an excellent choice for smaller budgets. The price includes all your meals and entertainment, and booking early will help you save more money.

  3. Take a kid-friendly vacation. Walt Disney World is an obvious choice for families, but you may be surprised by how enjoyable it can be for parents as well as kids. By planning in advance, you can get the most out of your stay. Disney resorts are excellent because they offer transportation to all the Disney parks, allowing you to enjoy all Disney has to offer without the worries.

  4. Stay in a vacation home. You can cook, there’s room for the kids to run around, and when you’re done, someone else cleans the house. Look for locations that offer babysitting services, and you’re all set for romantic nights out. In some places, you can even schedule chefs to come cook for you or receive spa treatments in the house.

  5. Take advantage of inclusive resorts. Many have great options for kids and parents alike. Do a little research to find geographical locations and resorts that offer the activities your family will enjoy most.

  6. Visit friends or relatives. Plan a trip that includes visiting loved ones who don’t get to see your kids very often. They’ll be excited to watch the kids for an evening or two while you go out. This can save you lots of money and has the added benefit of free local guides. Whether they stay home or not, kids add a little extra work when planning a trip. You might as well put that effort into planning a trip that can double as a getaway for you and your spouse and an adventure for the kids. After all, celebrating your family is what a honeymoon is all about.

Matt Cook is the co-founder and operations manager of Vacations Made Easy. Vacations Made Easy differentiates itself from the competition by being the first to sell activities as the focus, rather than airfare and lodging. VME strives to treat customers like family, and its team members’ goal is to do what they say they will do.

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