Holidaying as a single parent is a great opportunity to make exciting new memories with your children.
The key to choosing the perfect holiday is opting for something low cost and stress-free, that will enable both you and the kids to socialise with like-minded people.
From relaxing Center Parcs to adventurous group holidays and caravanning in the sunshine, here CashLady looks at three stress-free single parent holidays.
The challenges of holidaying as a single parent
Around a quarter of families in Britain are headed up by a single-parent.
If you’re travelling solo with your kids this summer, then there are a few extra factors that you may need to consider when planning your trip.
Without a second income, for example, you might not have the budget for staying in hotels or villas, where single supplements can quickly eat into precious holiday savings.
You may also want to look for holiday resorts where there are lots of children’s activities on offer, meaning that you don’t feel pressure to keep them entertained 24/7 and can enjoy a little stress-free alone time to unwind.
While spending time with your children away from the routine and obligations of everyday life is lots of fun, you may also be seeking a little adult company so may want to consider group holidays too. This is a particularly popular option for single parent holidays.
Centre Parcs for stress free single parent holidays
A popular family holiday destination, Centre Parcs offers both good value and plenty to do for both children and adults alike.
Rated highly among single parents on both Mumsnet and TripAdvisor, you could start out by holidaying here on a shorter break if this is your first single parent holiday and your testing the waters travelling alone.
With parks across the UK and wider Europe, enjoy the slow pace of the resorts, which are car-free and wooded, also offering excellent crèche and childcare facilities, perfect if you want to pop to the spa or laze in the pool for a few hours.
Mango Holidays for group single parent holidays
Another type of single parent holiday that has received lots of good press, group getaways with Wolverhampton based Mango Holidays are ideal for adventurers.
Creating holidays that allow parents and kids to bond but also enabling children to make new friends while adults can socialise and enjoy likeminded conversation too, Mango holidays also offer discounted prices for children.
With a heavy adventure element, the holiday company arranges and leads trips to exciting destinations like India, Turkey, Italy and Morocco, with activities such as skiing, white water rafting and hiking.
Ensuring lots to do, without any stress, your Tour Leader organises all the activities, trips and adventures so you can totally relax.
Single parent adventures currently on the Mango Holidays website include one week in Slovenia, where you can enjoy seven action-packed days staying in the Bohinj valley near the beautiful lakes of Bohinj and Bled.
From picnics to swimming in the lakes, cycling to nearby villages, rafting, boating and optional extra adventures for true adrenaline junkies, such as paragliding, this promises to be a great holiday for fun-loving parents and kids.
Prices are £875 for adults and £775 for children, including flights, accommodation and activities, with a 5% discount if booked before the end of May.
European Campsite holidays for single parents
A popular way for single-parent families to holiday, hiring a low-cost camper van at one of the many well-maintained campsites across France or Spain is a stress-free way to soak up the sunshine.
Sites, such as Eurocamp, provide pool complexes, games rooms, play areas, free kids’ clubs and wifi, ensuring that children have a great holiday and make lots of new friends, while you sit back and relax.
The sites also offer flexible accommodation, with up to three bedrooms and a huge variety of locations, close to ferry ports, airports and railway stations, to make your journey as simple as possible.
With prices as low as £266.50 for a 6 night trip to Domaine des Ormes Campsite in Brittany, France, for one adult and two children travelling in June, this is a super stress-free and low budget way to enjoy a single parent holiday.