1) You believe you're doing your au pair a favour
Bringing your nanny on vacation is not a favour, it's hard work and exactly the reason why you hired an au pair, to divide the work load. Your au pair will most likely be working more hours than usually is required and in an environment that is not familiar to them, which brings along so many more responsibilities. Your choice to pay for an au pair to come with you on vacation is not a favour, it's paying for a service. Ask your au pair if they're up to the task, going on vacation with your host family is not as easy as you think it is.
2) You forget about the au pair's right to privacy
Bringing a babysit on vacation, it seems only natural to make your children spend most of their time with him/her, but going as far as making your children sleep in the same room as them is a true no-go. Guess what, your au pair is exhausted from taking care of your kids, if not all day, and needs privacy and down time to recuperate. Vacation is fun but also tiring. It's okay to ask your au pair to babysit in the evenings from time to time, but please don't make them take care of your children day and night, you're signing up your au pair for a burn-out. It's your vacation but also your children. Whether you like it ore not, your au pair has a right to free time on your vacation. Nannies are not robots with unlimited energy.
3) You choose a location without internet
'Workation' or not, internet is an absolute must if you want your au pair to babysit with a healthy and happy mindset. Without an internet connection your au pair will quickly become plain out miserable and extremely lonely. Yes, it's amazing to be able to see and discover another part of the world by joining your host family on vacation, but imagine yourself being miles away from home, on a remote isolated destination, not being able to contact your family or friends because of the expensive roaming fees, for weeks in a row, and be completely disconnected from what's going in the world. Internet shouldn't be in question, it's an absolute must.
Why should you listen to this advice you say? I have 4 years of au pair experience under my belt and the truth is that ignoring these tips basically equals ruining your own vacation. Hiring young girls/guys to work for you comes at a price and if you're not willing to pay for it I recommend hiring someone older, calmer and more experienced (30+), with a higher tolerance for family dynamics.
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