We’re all already terrified of flying long distances with kids and navigating a new experience, but it’s especially daunting when there’s just one of us. But you’ve got this. Being a single parent doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the dream vacation or much-needed break from the norm. Pack your bags and get ready to brave the experience as a single parent.
Bring a Stroller and Go Bag
If you’re a parent, you probably already feel like you don’t have enough hands, feet or eyes to keep track of your children at all times. But it can feel especially overwhelming when flying overseas and navigating another country without another parent to pitch in. Unless your child has outrageously outgrown their stroller, bring it with you along with a go bag. Pack up snacks, small items from the Dollar Store in case you need to wait in long customs lines or hotel desks, medication, change of clothes and a bottle of water.
Carry a Birth Certificate or Adoption Decree
You may have sailed in and out of the country several times with your children, but border patrol or customs can ask for proof you are their parent at any time. It can feel unsettling, make that panic-inducing, to get stopped to question your legitimacy as their parent. But if you share different last names or are from different ethnicities, it’s wise to bring along their paperwork to clear up any confusion quickly and get on your way.
Consider Bringing a Letter from the Other Parent
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection strongly recommends carrying a letter signed by both parents that acknowledges they are aware the other is traveling with their child out of the country. This doesn’t have to be a complicated form or process. The site offers the example, “I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling out of the country with my son/daughter/group. He/She/They has/have my permission.” Of course, if you’re a single parent, you need to change the wording a bit, but it fulfills the needs of the government.
Ask for Help
You don’t have to do it all, and a trip overseas should be an exciting and adventurous time for everyone, not just the kids. Stop and ask for help when you need it. Whether you need someone to help with your luggage on the plane, grab some extra napkins for you, load your stuff into a taxi or just pitch in and chase a runaway ball, don’t be afraid to ask. People are generally willing to help and just need the go-ahead that you want it.
Look for Kids Clubs
Resorts and hotels alike often have special kids clubs or programs like movie nights and organized babysitting. Take advantage of it to get some much-needed downtime or a little splurge of social time on your own. Your kids will have a blast playing games and watching movies while you get to reclaim your sanity.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.