Traveling with children can sometimes feel like a working holiday! There are so many benefits to traveling with your children to make if completely worthwhile, but let’s be honest, having an extra set of hands available to help can turn the working holiday into a fun family trip!
While there are many resorts that offer in-house nanny services, if you already employ a nanny it is best to bring them along.
Here is why you should bring the nanny
- You should bring the nanny to help reduce travel stress for both you and your children. Since you all are already comfortable with each other, it will be easier for the kids to adjust to a new place with more familiar faces around as well as for you to relax when they are out together knowing the children are in safe hands.
- You should bring the nanny for an extra pair of eyes on your children!
- You should bring the nanny so you have an extra set of hands to help. This is invaluable! If the nanny comes you do not have to be the only one on 24 hour demand! The nanny can help get things and keep track of the children’s things, and with packing and unpacking.
- You should bring the nanny so you can get some valuable one-on-one time. Having the nanny there will allow you and your mate to grab a few special meals alone. It is also a nice option, if you have more than one child, to take each child out alone for an activity. One child stays with nanny and the other gets undivided attention from both parents then switch.
- You should bring the nanny so you have some help entertaining your children. The nanny can help entertain and coordinate outings for the children. This will take some of the pressure off of you to constantly keep the children busy.
Tips for when you bring the nanny on holiday
- Have a separate, written travel contract.
- Agree to all terms BEFORE going – determine the hours they will be working and outline when they will have time off, what duties you expect of them, where they will be sleeping, how much compensation you will pay, booking their travel arrangements, and what their food allowance will be. It is common to pay for all travel, lodging, food and entertainment expenses, to give an extra amount for them to go out with and to pay a weekly compensation.
- Decide if the nanny is allowed to post any pictures of the trip on their Social Media and discuss it with them.
- Be flexible and communicate openly with the nanny. The more detailed you are in your expectations, the more successful the trip will be.
- Take advantage of it! Book a special night out with your mate and splurge on a new outfit for it! Enjoy some one on one time with each child. Sneak out to the spa, the golf course or the shops for some me time, you deserve it!
What are your great tips for bringing the nanny on holiday?