Single Parent Travel to America – A Few Tips

Following my American blog post part one I came up with a few tips that I hope are helpful if you choose to travel there with your small ones.

-When booking a hotel check the ‘hotel policies’ as many offer ‘free child when using existing beds’ which means you can book a single rate of travelling alone or a twin rate if travelling with another adult.

-Many American hotel rooms advertised as double or twin have two double beds – check listing and images

-If you or your child has a disability many forms of travel offer discount prices e.g. Amtrak and NYC metro card.

-If you or your child has a disability make sure to add ‘special assistance’ to your flight booking. This will make the airline and cabin crew aware that you might need a little extra help.

-Public Transport is great. Save money on your trip by booking a flight to the cheapest city in the US that you can find. Travel by train/bus/car from there to your final destination.

-Don’t forget your two pin plug adapter.

-Downloading the Uber app is really useful when you need to get somewhere quickly or you find yourself stuck in the rain and need to get back to your hotel.

-Airbnb is your friend – just make sure you do your research and read the reviews.

-When using the subway system in a city for more that a couple of days it’s good to buy a saver ticket that should cover you for 5/7/10 days.

-The weather can change dramatically state to state – pack wisely!

-In NYC it can be tricky to get your hands on a subway map so make sure you have one on your phone – the subway system is complicated (and quite dirty..) but efficient.

-Buses very rarely offer change so it’s good to find out the fares beforehand and have the correct money.