The Six Stages of a Child-Free Getaway
Over the weekend, my husband Brandon and I were able to
escape travel without our two boys, Miles (4) and Spencer (2.5), and spent a few days in Asheville, NC while the boys had a great time at my parents’ home in Tennessee. Though we have sent the kids to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for various reasons before, this is the first time that we actually planned and went on a short trip alone, without our children or other friends. I found myself falling into the same patterns as before and decided to develop it into an informative post so that you too can be prepared for a child-free getaway.
1. Anticipation – You’ve made your plans, packed for all possible circumstances, delivered your children into the most capable of hands, and said your goodbyes. Perhaps you were a little too hasty to jump into the carseatless vehicle and speed away, but have no worries — everyone’s going to have an excellent time! You’re probably still in the excited, Anticipation mode while you travel to your destination and may forget that your children are absent from the backseat, experiencing a startled moment when you don’t hear any screaming or squabbles from the rear of the car. You will likely talk about your kids during this time, wondering if they’re behaving, if they’re properly fed and dressed (though you only left them an hour ago), and if they are missing you (they probably aren’t). You might even call the family member or friend who is watching your children to relay some vital piece of information they need for the weekend.