Traveling Alone With Kids For Spring Break

More often than not, my friends ask me how I travel alone with my kids all of the time.  Most of our Disney trips are just my kids (ages 5 and 3) and I.  To me, it is work but I just do it.  My husband has a crazy work schedule and isn’t able to travel with us that often.  So, do my kids suffer because of that? Or do I take the bull by the horns and just make it happen?  I choose the latter.

Just yesterday though, I had a “situation”.  Spring Break is coming up for my kiddos and I have been on the fence trying to decide what to do with them.  I asked my son (5 years old) where he wanted to go.  He said “to China to climb the Great Wall”.  Er, um, lol, I don’t think so buddy.  So I decided on a Disney Cruise.  We took one last year and absolutely LOVED it!  I will write another blog just on that one, I promise.  So, I went ahead and booked the Disney Cruise… then called back 20 minutes later and cancelled.

Why?  Well, I freaked out about being on a ship and traveling internationally alone with my kids.  I mean, full blown, crying, shaking, anxiety, panic attack!  I am normally a rational person, but for whatever reason unknown to me, I just couldn’t stomach the thought of going on a cruise alone with my small children.  My mind went to the craziest places of my brain.  I thought “what if something happened to me? My kids wouldn’t know how to get help”.  Disney, of course, was super great about it and was able to help me.  After cancelling, I literally felt the blood and heat return to my body.  Was it just an irrational thought?  My intuition? Buyers remorse? Or just downright crazy? I guess I will never know.

  

Now I am back to square one trying to decide where to go and what to do for Spring Break, lol.  And to be honest, I am a Floridian through and through – it’s kind of cold right now!  I need the ocean to be a good 85 degrees, lol.  Where are you going for Spring Break? I need some ideas!  Do you travel alone with your children?

  

Here are my Top 10 tips for traveling alone with small kids to Disney:

  1. Go with the flow.  I like to have the idea of a plan, but it is important to let things unfold.
  2. Pack snacks! Lots of snacks!
  3. Take time to explore and let them play; don’t rush
  4. Don’t forget sunblock
  5. Take lots of photos
  6. Even though my kids are 5 and 3, I think a stroller is needed. It is also a good place to store things like a bag with cups, water and snacks.
  7. Take naps!  My kids still nap, so we go early in the morning, break for a nap and return to the park after
  8. Make dining reservations.  Quick service is difficult when I am by myself so Table Service is always a better option for me.
  9. Do character meetings and get a break from the sun… win-win!
  10. Last but not least, HAVE FUN!

30 thoughts on “Traveling Alone With Kids For Spring Break”

  1. Great tips! I took both kids to PA in December, and I was so stressed that when I got on the plane and broke down and cried. I admire that you often travel alone with the kids you are #momgoals!!

    1. Aw thanks! A plane ride is a whole other animal though, I haven’t done that one yet on my own. Honestly, I probably won’t either at least not until they are out of car seats. The thought of dragging 2 car seats in an airport along with 2 toddlers and luggage stresses me out too! Kudos to you mama!

  2. Fun!! We rented a cabin in Blue Ridge GA…doing things around there and visiting TN for Dollywood, NC, etc.
    I don’t travel alone with kids bc the grocery store is enough for me 😂😂😂😂

  3. I love your approach to life. You can either complain and lament, or you can get out there and get it done. I LOVE that you give your daughters such a magical experience even though it’s hard work for you.

  4. These are great tips. We only tried to go to the zoo today and it was pretty much a disaster. LOL But we were actually talking about strollers and I agree. Even when they get bigger, in a large place like Disney, a stroller is a must!

    1. Most definitely strollers are a must! I took my son (5) to Disney alone, just the 2 of us and I thought I could get away without a stroller, he was complaining that his feet were hurting. Then I thought, as an adult my feet hurt after a full day at Disney so I can only imagine his little feet! Never again, I take the stroller every single time now 🙂

  5. I admire you. I was always afraid to do anything alone with the kids. I would go Grocery shopping after work/before picking them up from day care. Just the thought of having them both at the store stressed me out. I never went on vacation with them alone.

    1. Haha! It’s not easy for sure but definitely doable. Whenever possible though, I try to go grocery shopping on my own too.

  6. I have never tried traveling alone with my son. When we go on vacation, it’s always the three of us. We usually just stay home during spring break. We’ll see if we change our minds. 🙂

  7. This is a great post – I have spring break coming up and my husband is pretty busy with work. It is tough trying to keep the kids busy during that time and I would like to try a trip on our own.

  8. Back in 2000, I drove with my kids from Watkins Glen, NY, to Breckenridge, Tx.! Took us 2 days to get there, as the kids were little (our daughter was 4 at the time!). It was definitely an adventure. We had a lot of fun, and ate at WAY too many BK or McD’s on the interstate! Now, it’s just me and my wife and we enjoy our grand kids when we see them. I love you’re willing to travel with your kids by yourself. That’s great character!

  9. That is so wonderful you travel with your kids on your own and don’t let it hold you back! Those are some really great tips, I like going with the flow too.

  10. I tried once… it was a big ol’ fail. We did consider going on a cruise but I would have to bring my cousin or another adult with me because I am sure I would need someone else. You could always just book a nearby hotel and make it a staycation! Those are always fun and you are close enough to home 🙂

  11. My husband works crazy hours, I have always done everything alone with my children. Travelling is no difference! I think if you start them young it is easy to get into a routine.

  12. I could have used these tips when I tackled Disney with my 5 kids alone, while my husband was deployed. By day 3 I was about to lose my mind LOL. I definitely could have used #7 myself. We did do the character dinning which we loved, and the meet and greets. Your last tip is the best…Just Have Fun!!

  13. My youngest is four, and I’m not giving up the stroller yet. Even though she doesn’t use it all the time, it’s great for storage!

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