Having kids opens up a whole new range of travel experiences – and occasionally travel challenges. For solo parents, one of the additional barriers can be paying a single supplement when taking a trip, even with kids in tow.
But now tour company Intrepid Travel is hoping to make things easier for single parents travelling with kids by offering six new specially designed tours that don’t charge an extra fee and are designed for single-parent families. The company says it’s “long overdue” for the travel industry to cater to such families, citing the fact that there are nearly two million lone parents in the UK. There have more and more enquiries from single parents looking for such holidays, according to the company.
The new tours will take families to Costa Rica, Thailand, Northern India, Egypt, Vietnam and Morocco, countries chosen “to make it easier for solo parents as they could otherwise feel intimidated to travel to these destinations alone with their children.” For adventurous families, the itineraries will include things like water-rafting and zip lining in Costa Rica, or cruising the Nile in Egypt. There will be a 10-day holiday in northern India that will take groups to sample curried in Delhi, see the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the Taj Mahal. Or, travellers can go to Morocco for an eight-day holiday that will take them to desert, beaches and the busy streets of Marrakesh. Plus, kids will have the chance to make friends with other kids – and parents may get some much-needed rest.
“You only need to look at family holiday packages widely advertised by the travel industry to see they cater for two parents and two children,” said Dyan McKie, brand manager for family trips at Intrepid Travel, and a single mom, in a statement. “In many ways, this assumption is archaic and doesn’t reflect today’s families. The travel industry caters for so many niche groups but solo parents have been ignored for too long.”
Get more information on the tours here.