Sure, you probably gave up on the idea somewhere between months 3 and 4 of parenthood, or possibly months 8 and 9, or years 2 and 3? And now, it’s hard to imagine a family vacation as being anything less hectic than family life at home. Night waking, early risers, picky eaters, and fearless explorers give the family vacation a shape and color you couldn’t have imagined before parenthood. You need a vacation–but you worry that if you go you’ll only end up needing a vacation from your vacation. So how do you and your mate manage to each get what you need most from your precious time off? Take turns. Give each other at least one morning of your vacation to simply STAY IN BED. Draw straws to see who gets their turn first, and agree on the hour of late-waking ahead of time. And when it’s your turn to rise and shine, strap on the baby or pop the tot in the stroller and roll on out of there to chase seagulls on the boardwalk, eat donuts in the diner, or stretch your legs on a good walk around the hotel. The time you spend one-on-one with your child away from the hubbub of home could be precious, and you can bet the time you spend sawing logs will be, too.
Shelly Rivoli, author of Travels with Baby
The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children