Frequently Asked Questions – Family Trips
What’s a typical day on a family trip like?
Most days, we’ll all meet for lunch, splitting up afterwards as some of the guides take the kids for a fun afternoon activity, while the other guide will stay with the adults. We’ll rendezvous with the adults back at the hotel in the afternoon, and have a special early dinner for the kids.
On most nights, the adults will eat a bit later, unless we have a family meal planned for the night. In terms of the menu, kids’ meals will usually be simpler, with more straightforward options. If you would prefer to join the earlier dinner and eat with your kids, please let us know so we can make the arrangements.
What kind of “fun afternoon activity” will the kids do?
How are hotel rooms allocated on trip?
Is babysitting available at night?
For children who can remain in the room by themselves and don’t require a babysitter, one “contact guide” will be on call and reachable through the hotel’s reception to relay messages to the parents at dinner. (Note that this service is only available to older children who can be left in their room without supervision.) This guide will remain on call until all parents have retired for the night.
What else should I know about safety and supervision while on trip?
Biking: Adults and kids will participate in the morning’s activities together—a bike ride, a walk, a chance to explore a city, that kind of thing. Remember that although B&R guides provide support for each activity, adults must ride with/accompany their children throughout these activities.
Driving: The van support during biking and afternoon children’s events may require guides to drive children in the van, or to travel in a separate transfer vehicle. We have car seats for younger kids and will make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt. Note that children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front seat of the vehicle. If you have concerns about letting your children ride in the van in your absence, please let us know in advance.
Activities: Every afternoon and night, guides will organize child-specific events. Please let us know if you have any concerns about a particular event or if you do not wish your child to participate. Of course, if any adults want to come along, we’d be happy to have you. Do keep in mind that we will be heading off to the activities right after lunch so if you plan to join we ask that you come along at the same time.
Food & Allergies: We have tried our best to ensure your children will be eating well-balanced meals and healthier van snacks. We realize that kids can be difficult eaters and therefore cannot be responsible for feeding your child. Please also let us know of any food allergies or other food preferences.
Medical: Please remember that you will not be with your child at all times during the trip. Please let us know of any specific medical conditions or concerns you as parents feel we should know about.
Swimming: The reality of our hotel visits is that while many of them have pools, none have qualified lifeguards. We recognize that there will be times when the children will want to go swimming, and our guides may be put in a position to supervise. However, our guides are not necessarily trained lifeguards, so please let us know if you are not comfortable with this arrangement.
Rules: Even on vacation, rules are important. We may not be the only guests at our hotel, and while we love to see enthusiasm, please remember that we are sharing the hotel space with other guests. We would also like to know where each child is at all times, so please remind your children to let you or their guides know where they are going at all times.
Will it be fun?