Using babysitters when traveling abroad

Finn Olaf Jones, Adventure Travel Dad, shares advice for parents on the benefits using a local babysitter when traveling abroad and how to find a good babysitter for your kids
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Using babysitters when traveling abroad

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Can parents trust babysitters in foreign countries? I would almost say. I would encourage you to use baby sitters in foreign countries, because not only it's going to provide an awful lot of relief for you and your adult travel mate to get out and escape the kids little bit, but it's also a great avenue for kids to discover some great local color. I think you have to use your instincts. Just as you hear about whether you want to go with a particular baby sitter or not. I find hotels are very helpful and in finding good baby sitter and I find it's very easy to like the selection you have received simply because somebody babysitter used overseas or parents themselves. That said I have to say that we have had some in trouble experiences through our baby sitters. I remember we were in Rio, 2 years ago and used a babysitter there who want to take the kids to where he lived which is a ___ which is one of the slims and I remember our host was little bit horrified by the whole thing but we thought, well, why not and then we came back that evening and heard all these incredible things our children experienced and we actually insisted in going back by the other next day and having a look for ourselves, he had access to a part of a Rio society that we would never have seen otherwise. It was actually very interesting and actually learn a lot about the Rio just through our kids baby sitters. So a baby sitters offering incredible window into local culture. I think don't use tour guide, use a baby sitter, you are going to see an awful lot of more.

Finn Olaf Jones, Adventure Travel Dad, shares advice for parents on the benefits using a local babysitter when traveling abroad and how to find a good babysitter for your kids

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Finn Olaf Jones

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A harrowing climb of Aconcagua in the Andes 15 years ago emboldened business analyst, Finn-Olaf Jones to write down his experiences and send them to Forbes who took the story. Finn now writes regularly for Forbes, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, the Travel Channel, and Adventure Travel magazine. He lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife and five energetic children who can now all set up a tent in total darkness.  

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