Fulfilling your lifelong dream of traveling the world is important, even (or perhaps especially) if you have kids. Whether it is taking your kids to exciting new places or getting out on your own once in a while, seeing the world is a thrilling experience. Traveling without kids can be difficult though, for both you and them. Here are some ways you can keep in touch while you’re on a long trip so you can still enjoy your time abroad.
Note: Even if your kids are too young to have a cell phone or email account, you can utilize a lot of the suggestions below through your spouse, the nanny, or any other adult when you are traveling without kids in tow.
- Send pictures via phone or email. You can send pictures of tourist attractions, beautiful scenery, and things that make you think of them. Be sure to send pictures of yourself too, so they can see your face.
- Regular contact lets your kids know you’re thinking of them, so if possible, try to call once a day. It’s nice to call at different times so that hearing your voice is a happy surprise and doesn’t become too routine.
- Video chat is a great way to see and talk to your child. It’s the next best thing to being there in person.
- Send them post cards from the place you’re visiting. If you’re not there for long, send pictures and notes through eCards. This means they’ll get them immediately, and you can send one each day you’re gone. They can also send some back and tell you what they’ve been up to while you’re gone.
- Help them with their homework over the phone or video chat. This can really help close the distance and bring back the sense of the familiar everyday routine.
- Plan ahead and leave pictures of the two of you together and notes that they can read or have read to them each night before bed.
- For longer trips, send them souvenirs and gifts. Include information about the places you’re visiting so that they can have part of the experience too.
- A long, handwritten note can help demonstrate your love and affection for your kids while you’re away. It can also have a cathartic effect if you’re missing them as well.
- Have the person watching them make meals inspired by the region you are in. Then you can exchange photos of your food and see the differences. This is another way they can learn about the area you are in.
There is a multitude of great ways to stay in touch when traveling without kids while you’re abroad. Just because they can’t always travel with you doesn’t mean they can’t learn from or share your experiences. Including your children in your travels, even if they can’t physically be there, will open their imagination and help them dream up places they want to visit someday—not to mention help instill a love of travel by a young age.
Stephanie Fader is an expert in the celebrations industry. As Sr. Marketing Manager for Punchbowl, Inc, she writes about celebrations, party planning, and the many benefits of free Christmas eCards.