Planning a NYE Weekend Getaway with Toddlers
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One of my closets friends and I try to spend one night out a month getting some quality girl time away from our spouses and kiddos. On one particular outing we got to talking about our plans for New Years. Since meeting we’ve spent every New Years Eve together and 2017 won’t be any different. That said, my friend is quite the Martha Stewart and always hosts these elaborate celebrations. Not only is she a fantastic home cook, but she’s creative and always has a slew of activities ready. However, this particular year, she commented that she didn’t want to put together a huge party, only to have to clean it up and spend the first hours of 2018 washing dishes and throwing out the garbage.
Lately, our New Years Eve celebrations numbers have started to shrink. In the past we’d have 15-20 people, now it’s really just down to our two little families. I think it’s hard, sometimes, for people without kiddos to realize that New Years is tough when you have kids. At the age of 2, they’re really not staying up until midnight and you end up having to get up at 7 in the morning anyway. Sleeping in until noon, just isn’t on the agenda any more. Those couples and friends that don’t have kids started peeling off and even those who do have kids, realize it’s just easier to stay home.
That said, this year we decided, instead of making it complicated by having to plan an elaborate New Years Eve at my friends house, that we would make it a weekend getaway in Vancouver, B.C.
The Dos and Don’ts of Planning a Weekend Getaway
DO Book a Rental Property
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Book a rental property! With two toddlers and four adults, an Airbnb is perfect. There is space for the kiddos to go to bed early, especially when we will be staying up late ringing in the new year. For this weekend getaway, we knew a rental would be idea to ensure happy parents and rested toddlers. TIP: See if you can find an Airbnb with a yard and/or playground to burn some toddler energy.
- 3 bed room
- Kid friendly
- Wireless internet
- Washer/dryer (we’re potty training)
DON’T Delay Booking a Vacation Rental/Airbnb
For this weekend getaway, I definitely didn’t heed my own advice and got a late start booking our Airbnb. This caused us a lot of trouble actually finding a place to hold two families of three…and during New Years Weekend. We lost, probably, three or four homes before we finally landed on a place around the East Side of Vancouver, near John Hendry Park.
DO Plan Some Activities Ahead
Especially during busier times of the year, it’s important to book any activities prior to your arrival. Of course, leave time for spontaneous outings, but with two kiddos under four, it’s good to stick to a schedule as much as possible. Getting plans on the calendar ahead of time helps minimize last minute scrambles and ensures you have some fun outings for the little ones. For this trip, we booked the following:
DON’T Eat in for Every Meal
Typically we book a vacation rental to help save some money. By doing so, you tend to eat more meals in, vs. eating out. That said, we didn’t want to spend our short weekend cleaning up the kitchen several times a day. We plan on eating out at least for one bigger meal and then will order Indian take out for New Years. We’ll plan on breakfast at the Airbnb and do a short trip to the grocery store to stock up on essentials.
DO Have Fun on your Weekend Getaway
Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may miss a nap or have a potty accident, but it’s not the end of the world. Plan ahead and be prepared, but keep it light and easy. You’ll enjoy yourself more and you’ll find you can relax into the short trip. Happy Travels!