Take Her Along
This is a great choice if you have little ones and want to do sightseeing. Bonus: Your helper gets to experience a new country.
“We decided to take our helper with us to Vietnam for a weeklong holiday last year, because my husband and I were very keen to do more than just bum on the beach,” says American expat Denise Nelson, whose two girls were aged 2 and 4. “It was an easy decision, when you think about trusting a stranger to babysit your children in a hotel room in an unknown country. The kids were relaxed, the helper was happy and we were thrilled.”
For sleeping, ensure your helper has enough privacy and comfort. “She can stay with the children or female members of the family, but not the male ones,” recommends Eddy Lam, Director of 121 Personnel Services (www.121personnel.com). The ideal? She has a room of her own.
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