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Anyone travel with help / nanny
We are considering engaging the help of a nanny while we are travelling. The price is covered in our budget but I wonder if the cons would outweigh the pro in inviting another adult along for the ride.
Anyone had help along the way ?
We have a recommendation from a Thai friend of a lady who speak very good English and worked in a resort kids club for 5 years so is aware of western kids needs etc....
Decisions decisions ?
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Hi Cindy, We have considered it. Although we are travelling I still need to get work done to support the travel so that leaves Tracy to look after the children a large portion of the time. But when we did the math it wasn't viable for us. The cost of a 'travel with' Nanny, an extra room at each location, an extra flight, an extra meal each meal time plus other incidentals, it would all add up pretty quickly. For us, changing our lifestyle was about working less and spending more time with the children. If we had a Nanny then yes I would be able to spend more quality time with the kids, but it would also mean that I would have to work more which would then eat into the time I could spend with the kids. I can understand the idea of taking along a Nanny (and some days I dream of this) but short answer is we don't and probably won't have a Nanny travel with us.
Cindy - just adding to what Colin's said. We had a friend come stay with us when we were stopped in Penang for two months to help with the kids a few hours a day so I could work. At various times we've had a friend join us for a month while travelling and they've always offered to help out with the kids to give us a break. Sometimes it's worked, sometimes it hasn't. It's hard to predict how you are going to react to sharing a space with someone new for such a long period of time. Small things can quickly become big issues when you are travelling with someone. Or how the kids are going to react to them. That was probably our biggest challenge - the kids really resisted the idea of someone stepping in. They were happy to play but not happy to accept authority from someone else! Which creates a lot of friction. So my advice would be if you really want to give it a go, start with a 1-2 month trial. I would rent an apartment in one location for a month and give everyone time to see if it's going to work.
Hi Cindy, I've considered this as well, for travel in Thailand, and like Colin said, the math just didn't add up. While the daily rate of having a nanny was cheap the extra costs associated with it overwhelmed it completely. I guess it depends if you're going to be travelling lots or in one place for an extended period. If the latter, then even a kids club or day care might be a cheaper option. On the positive side, Thai culture is so child-focused that I'm sure anyone working in the child care profession would be ridiculously adoring of your little ones! I would be weary of letting the nanny take the kids near the water as Thai people often don't know how to swim. We actually brought Grandma along for ten days on our last trip which was fantastic for getting work done and getting some alone time as a couple. Maybe paying for a family member to fly out would work? Especially if they can share accommodation with you and the kids. When are you thinking of doing this? Would love to know how it goes as we're heading to Thailand next month and my husband is currently swimming in work which isn't going to make for a fun two months! Bethaney
Yes I understand that but our circumstances are a little different and we may NEED help while travelling. Of course we will always be present with the children but an extra set of hands would be helpful to us. Please no judgement as you do not know all the facts.
I would think that trips like these are so you can spend MORE time with your kids?