I need some helpful advice about vacationing ideas for our AP.
Together, we had coordinated vacations, but now her plans have fallen through.
Our au pair is coming with me and the kids on a cross country trip to Seattle. I suggested to her that she take a week off on the west coast once my husband joins me on August 1. She’d have until August 10th before she needs to be back on the East Coast.
Here’s the challenge: I’m not sure in what to suggest to her.
We have looked at a couple of organized options. One, aupairadventures.com, costs $869 for a week-long “West Coast Tour”. It includes some of the major stops –Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, — as well as ground transportations, most food, camping gear for 4 nights, 2 hotel nights, and 1 hostel night. It still seems expensive, she won’t know anyone she is traveling with although they say it is for au pairs, the girls are grouped together, and only for ages up to 29.
She had planned a vacation in June with other au pairs. Those plans fell through, leaving me to scramble to cancel our backup childcare plans in June. And our au pair has tried to coordinate with other au pairs, but none she knows have the same vacation window open.
So I am reaching out for advice… She is like any typical aupair: She doesn’t have a lot of money, is saving for a vacation, but the $869 of a group trip (not including extra spending and plane tickets that will cost about $300-400) feels like a huge amount for her.
Are there any other suggestions for vacation on the West Coast? Ways she could meet up with other au pairs during this time? Ways she can connect with au pairs before they take a trip together?
All ideas welcomed! NChostmom