6 Tips for Traveling With Your Nanny Family
Kiki’s Tips for Traveling With Your Nanny Family
Seattle Nanny Life with Starling’s Placement Director
From Kiki Cares:
Hands down one of my favorite parts about being a nanny is having the opportunity to travel. I have learned how to surf in Hawaii and how to ski in Whistler during my nanny trips. I have gotten to stay at beautiful hotels and eaten the best of the best food while “working.” My advice is to always say yes to new opportunities when it comes to traveling with families. A lot of nannies are afraid of being too “close” with their families. Blending in with their work/personal life can be tricky, but if you follow my advice, I think the risk is well worth it.
- Are you independent? This is a MUST when traveling with families. First, think about your personality. Are you able to entertain yourself and meet new people easily? Remember, the families go on vacation to have family bonding experiences and to escape their work life. They are not going on vacation to hang with their nanny the whole time (no matter how great you are!). When you are not working you need to be able to go off on your own and give families their space.
- Make sure you have time off during your nanny trip. It doesn’t matter how great your nanny family is everyone needs a break to recharge. I typically only ask for one day off completely to myself. The first thing I do when I find out about a new trip is Google things to do at the destination. For example, when I went to Hawaii, on my day off I took a waterfall tour hike. It was incredible. You can feel resentful if you are just watching the kids in the hotel the whole time. Make sure you are able to get out yourself and enjoy the new scenery.
- With the second tip in mind, you have to remember this is not your vacation. Every second you get to see new sights, swim in the ocean, or dig your toes in the sand – be thankful. Take in all of your experiences, but just know that you won’t get to travel the way you want to.
- Make sure to talk beforehand about your pay and expectations for the trip. When I am home in Seattle I typically don’t eat out. So I make sure that the family covers my food costs because we all know how expensive eating out can be. I have had some families lend me their credit card, for others I just keep track of my expenses and Venmo afterwards. You always want to make sure that you are making MORE than your regular income when you travel, not less. You shouldn’t be losing any money by agreeing to go on a nanny trip.
- Choose your overnight stay based on what you are comfortable with. I have done several different situations. When I first started off traveling with families I would stay in a hotel nearby and come visit the kids for work. As I have become a more experienced nanny I have learned how to adapt to different families’ personalities. I now stay with the families in either a house or condo. It’s easier for me to do overnights when all of my stuff is at the location. However, if you are not comfortable living with your bosses for days on end, choose to stay in a nearby hotel.
- I always request a day off of work before the nanny trip (unless the trip lands on a Monday). If you go right from working during the week into a nanny trip you will get burned out. Trust me, I went on a seven-day nanny trip after a five-day work week once. I was delusional at the end – never again!
There you have it! My six tips on traveling with a family. And remember, it is not part of your job to travel with families. If you don’t want to do it, then of course say no. However, you and your nanny kid will have memories that will last a life time.
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