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:
- Go with the flow. I like to have the idea of a plan, but it is important to let things unfold.
- Pack snacks! Lots of snacks!
- Take time to explore and let them play; don’t rush
- Don’t forget sunblock
- Take lots of photos
- 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.
- Take naps! My kids still nap, so we go early in the morning, break for a nap and return to the park after
- Make dining reservations. Quick service is difficult when I am by myself so Table Service is always a better option for me.
- Do character meetings and get a break from the sun… win-win!
- Last but not least, HAVE FUN!