Whether you're trying to avoid single supplements or are just stumped for destination and activity ideas, here are ways for single parent families to make the most of their next break.
Family holidays are designed – from the brochure or website images, down to the charges per room – for two parents and two children. But in the UK today, there are 1.8 million single parents with dependent children, making up nearly a quarter of families with dependent children. These figures are from Gingerbread, the charity that supports single-parent families through advocacy and research.
“We all need a holiday sometimes, but it can feel overwhelming when it comes to affording and booking a break as a single parent,” says Victoria Benson, CEO of Gingerbread. “It’s particularly unfair that single parent families have one household income and yet they are excluded from many holiday deals,” she notes. New ONS research shows that single parent families are more exposed to the cost-of-living crisis. Yet according to travel company Explore, a single parent travelling on their own with one child can pay up to 28% more, per person, than two adults taking the same holiday with one child.
Luckily, things are beginning to change. There are plenty of websites and apps designed to make your getaway as a single parent simpler. Because, let’s face it, you absolutely deserve it.
Specialist single parent holiday companies
… for active families
Acorn Family Holidays organises active camping holidays exclusively for single parent families. The company organises all the cooking and cleaning, a rota of daytime activities and even evening entertainment for the kids. Mums and dads can join in, or relax in the company of other parents. Example destinations include the South of France and Malta.
… for happy campers
Camp Mates holidays brings hundreds of single parent families together, every year, for camping trips in the New Forest. If you don’t have a tent of your own, they’ll put up a bell tent for you and provide all the gear.