Single Parent Travel - Our First Trip
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Single Parent Travel – Our First Trip.

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Travelling is a huge passion of mine. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to do much of it over the last five years and I have missed it terribly. I am a huge fan of the weekend getaway and feel it is greatly improves ones wellbeing. 

When my wonderful parents offered me an all expenses paid trip to the Gold Coast for my birthday I could not resist. Although the thought of travelling as a single mum with an 18 month old baby was a bit daunting, I thought if did not step out of my comfort zone now and do it, I will regret it. I was right, and it was just what we needed. We had a fabulous time and Ariel was amazing. She loved the airport and she was nice and relaxed on the plane. That is not to say it wasn’t hard work because I did have to work for it. She was on my lap so I did have to entertain her pretty much the whole way. The trick was to take a supply of her favourite healthy snack bars and her favourite picture books. Ariel is so easy going and seems to love the weekend getaway as much as I do. She was extra loving and so well behaved. I was so proud of her and am looking forward to more travel in the future. Once we got back I felt an incredible sense of achievement. Travelling will be a big part of our live’s and I am looking forward to seeing the world with my girl in the future. 


Some of the highlights of our weekend.

Getting excited as we wait for the taxi to take us to the airport


The view from our balcony


Fun with Nana and Grandad.


Beautiful sunrise

ariel on carousel

Ariels frist ride on a Carousel.


We were only away for the weekend but I feel revived and inspired. I am starting a new single parent travel category so if you have any travel tips or recommendations for us please leave them in the comments box.

  • Haibi
    Posted at 14:08h, 18 September Reply

    It depends on the shcools and on the kids, and I would go and interview and observe any shcools you are considering. My eldest would had some early learning issues which might have benefited from being homeschooled, except that she was compulsively social and would have absolutely hated not having kids around most of the day. I ended up doing a lot of tutoring until she was up to par, but kept her in formal school systems. As to the public private thing, I have tried both public and private shcools. In some places the public shcools were better than the private ones; in others it was the reverse. I am myself Catholic and I tithe, so that the local Catholic school system is free to me, but there was a time when I sent one kid to the Catholic school, and the other to nonreligious private school. (The local public shcools at that time and place were bad in all respects.) The secular private school was more academically challenging but had a problem with drugs and alcohol. My risk taker therefore got sent to the Catholic school, my cautious kid to the other.

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 00:55h, 19 September Reply

      Yes and thank you for that advice. It is definitely and individual thing. I have found an amazing daycare that also has a pre school, so we are very lucky. They bend over backward to accommodate Ariel and she loves it there. 🙂

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