Travel & Temp Nannies

Adaptable, flexible caregivers who foster your child’s curiosity wherever life takes your family.

Hit the road, stress-free.

Whether it’s work or wanderlust driving your itinerary, you can’t wait to open your child’s eyes to the world. But traveling with littles can be tough.

Our travel nannies are packed up and ready to curate the adventure of a lifetime!

Nurturing global citizens.

Being a travel nanny isn’t just about keeping kids entertained on transatlantic flights and cross-country drives. It’s also about crafting immersive experiences that teach kids about the world—and themselves.

This is a big-deal decision.

And we don’t take your trust lightly.

We search.

Your dedicated placement manager hits the ground running.

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We craft a personalized job description highlighting your family’s unique needs.

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We recruit within our existing network and find 3-5 already-vetted candidates just for your family’s role.

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We engage in extensive preliminary screening to make sure you’re meeting with candidates you’re thrilled about.

You select.

We introduce you to a handful of well-qualified candidates.

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You choose whom to meet, based on in-depth profiles and a candidate’s personal statement.

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You get interview tips so you’re sure to ask the questions that matter most.

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You tell us which candidate you’d like to hire. 

We support.

You have us by your side through the entire process.

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We provide assistance with scheduling and employment agreements.

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We offer help with state-specific employment and tax laws as needed.

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We help set expectations so you can travel stress-free.

To kids, Adventure Nannies are captivating.

To parents, they’re peace-of-mind creating.

Only 5% of our 10,000+ applicants each year make it through our rigorous qualification process. The ones who do are true individuals—but they share some important characteristics.

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Adventurous (of course)
Lifelong learners—powered by confidence and curiosity—who inspire kids to be, too.

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Forward-Thinking
Progressive advocates who guide kids in their care to become active, global citizens.

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Bright
Strong, vibrant communicators who nurture creativity and help kids find their place in the universe.

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Professional
All-in go-getters for whom nannying isn’t a side-hustle. It’s their chosen profession.

When you’re raising an extraordinary human,
it helps to have an exceptional nanny.

“… an absolute godsend.”

and other kind words from Adventure Nannies families

My wife and I made a pinky promise that we weren’t going to change our lifestyle after kids. Adventure Nannies makes actually keeping that promise possible. … Our kids (now 5 & 7) LOVE our nanny and she has become a part of our family. There is none of the ickiness that you might be fearful about traveling with “someone else.” She’s awesome…

– The Shapiro Family

Thank you so much for introducing us to the most wonderful, positive, high-spirited nanny of all time! They helped us so much and were just a fantastic inspiration to our grandchildren. What a wonderful summer vacation you have made it for them… and US! 

– The Janeczco Family

[Our nanny] has enriched our lives in many ways, and we hope our relationship with her continues long into the future. She has become a member or family, and we can’t wait for upcoming adventures with her.

The Allen Family

Adventure Nannies are in high demand.

We’ll help you land your dream candidate.

Adventure Nannies does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We encourage our families to follow EEO practices when interviewing and selecting candidates for their positions.

Hiring a nanny is an investment in your child’s development, in your peace of mind, and in your family’s well-being.

We only recruit and place the best of the best, and we believe our candidates ought to be compensated for their experience and expertise, and at a rate that equals the scope of role and support they provide to your family.

In general, you can expect to invest:

  • $250 to launch your search
  • A one-time placement fee of 25-30% of total contract compensation (depending on length of employment)

Additionally, you can expect an Adventure Nanny to seek:

  • At least $30 per hour to your employee, plus overtime if applicable

Adventure Nannies does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We encourage our families to follow EEO practices when interviewing and selecting candidates for their positions.

Other Support

Long-Term Nannies

Positive, proactive professionals who care about your child as much as you do.

Private Educators

Creative collaborators who meet kids right where they are and empower them to become life-long learners.

Newborn Care Specialists

Trained experts who help care for your little one so you can savor this all-too-short season.

Common Questions

About Adventure Nannies Candidates

How do you find candidates for nanny positions?

Candidates find us through personal and client referrals, our extended nanny network, specialized training programs, local university networks, parenting groups and organizations, our website, networking, and word of mouth. We actively recruit for every family we work with and receive more than 10,000 candidate applications from across the country every year.

Less than 5% of candidates who apply to Adventure Nannies make it through our rigorous qualification process.

What are a travel nanny’s typical duties?

A travel nanny can do anything a long-term nanny can do! In addition to basic childcare, some sample duties include: packing/unpacking, researching fun and educational things to do with the kids in each city, and helping with schooling on the road. Some nannies are also able to provide part-time personal assistant help.

How do I set expectations before the trip?

We will provide you with a temporary employment agreement, which you should thoughtfully complete and review with your nanny at least a week before your booking. Invite and model open communication to get started on a great relationship with your travel nanny!

Does a travel nanny need time off or breaks?

Travel/temp nannies are very flexible and adaptable, but do need scheduled downtime to re-energize. Depending on the length of your trip, a day off may not be required. If you are visiting an exciting location, a day off is a great perk to offer your nanny!

Does a travel nanny need a private room?

Private accommodations are strongly recommended for you nanny – whether it’s their own hotel room or a private room in a vacation home. Should your child require overnight care, it is important to clearly communicate these expectations to the nanny in advance to ensure they are comfortable with these accommodations. 

What do I do if I am having issues with the nanny I selected?

Should you experience difficulty in working with the nanny you have hired, please contact our team for specific resources to assist you in resolving many common employer/nanny issues, and are able to recommend tips for setting open lines of communication.

About the Search and Screening Process

How long will my search take?

We have a large network of travel and temp nannies across the country. To ensure our candidates will be available, we encourage you to begin your search at least two weeks in advance, although we are sometimes able to accommodate families who are operating on a shorter time frame.

How do you screen your candidates?

Each candidate has at least two interviews with our staff, including your dedicated placement manager. We also check at least three professional references and conduct an online and social media screen.

Once you’ve extended an offer of employment, your new hire will undergo a thorough background check in compliance with applicable laws:
● Criminal Background Investigation
● DMV Driving Record
● Social Security Number Verification
● Sex Offender Registry
● Civil Restraining Orders
● National Wants and Warrants
● Education Verification
● TrustLine Verification (California)

Is Adventure Nannies, itself, vetted?

We are! The nonprofit organization, Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, vets and supports nanny agencies in the United States and around the world. Since the nanny agency industry is largely unregulated, APNA members (such as Adventure Nannies) undergo a rigorous review of all documents, materials, and agreements to ensure they are operating ethically and within the law.

About Placement

Can I hire a temporary nanny without traveling?

Absolutely. You can hire a nanny for any length of time for whatever reason you need.

Some families hire temporary nannies to fill in for their long-term nanny’s parental leave or paid time off, while others bring in a temporary nanny to help with work or moving transitions.

What if things don't go well after hiring my employee?

We make every effort to help you make the right hiring decision the first time around. But we also understand introducing new caretakers to your children can be stressful for all parties involved. That’s why our team stays in touch after placement to provide guidance as needed on how to preserve a good relationship with your new employee. Often, employer/nanny concerns can be resolved with communication and counseling. 

However, due to the temporary nature of travel and temporary roles, we are often unable to replace the candidate you hired if things do not work out for any reason.

I need a nanny for longer than a few months. What are my options?

For placements longer than 6 months, we recommend using our long-term services. 

About Agency Fees and Nanny Compensation

What are your agency fees?

Our travel/temp nanny placements begin with a $250 launch fee and require a placement fee of 25-30% of total contract compensation (depending on length of employment).

What is the typical hourly rate for an Adventure Nanny?

Travel or temporary Adventure Nannies typically make $25-$35+ an hour, plus overtime if applicable. 

What expenses am I expected to cover for a travel nanny?

You are expected to cover the nanny’s transportation costs, meals, and accommodations. Many families also provide cash or pre-purchase job-related entertainment expenses, like museum admission or movie tickets.

How do I handle taxes for my employee?

Your family will be the nanny’s employer, so you’re responsible for tax withholding. A nanny cannot be a 1099 independent contractor. 

We’re happy to introduce you to our expert payroll partners, HomeWork Solutions.

Why do I have to pay my nanny legally? None of my friends do.

The candidates we work with are professionals and expect to be legally employed by your family—the same way someone working for a business would expect to be employed.

It’s becoming less and less common for families to pay their nannies illegally (or more politely called “under the table”), as the IRS is taking more note of these infringements. Hiring a nanny illegally can often result in serious tax and legal consequences for families and also withholds vital protections for nannies, including unemployment and workers compensation benefits.

Additionally, nannies who are paid illegally are unable to verify their professional income and often struggle when applying for rental housing, mortgages, student loans, and auto loans.

We are always more than happy to talk to your friends and explain the risks they may be unknowingly taking on for both their family and their employee by neglecting to pay legally.

We’ll pack the kids’ bags.

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