According to an investigation carried out by currency exchange company FairFX, the single-person supplement charged by some tour operators is making family holidays for single parents significantly more expensive than their two-parent counterparts. Some single-parent families are paying up to £500 more than if they were travelling as a couple. And if single parents aren’t charged a supplement, they often miss out on the free child places offered to families travelling with two adults. The biggest price difference reported by The Guardian was for a First Choice Holiday to Rhodes; a seven-night break cost £515 or 32% more per person. It seems this bias towards the stereotypical nuclear family shows the travel industry has some catching up to do. In the meantime, what can single parents do to make sure they’re getting the best holiday deal especially in the school holidays?
Virgin Holidays have cottoned onto the need to be more flexible in their offering of holidays and have teamed up with Elite Island Resorts in the Caribbean. Not only do they scrap the single-person occupancy rule, there are plenty of activities and kid’s clubs throughout the day, so you can choose to relax or take part together.
St James’ Club, Antigua, Part of the Elite Island Resorts collection
For something a bit closer to home, Eurocamp recommend several of their parcs in Holland and France for single parents. Their free kid’s clubs and flexibility of accommodation, with mobile homes that have up to three bedrooms, work well and they’re offering an extra £75 off for single parent families booking more than seven nights in the school holidays.
Eurocamp Holidays, Duinrell Campsite, Holland
‘Single with Kid’s‘ is a great source of inspiration for lots of different types of holidays including winter sports ones too. Set up by divorcees in 2007, the holidays are based around the idea of fun and friendship with like-minded people. Choose from Center Parcs resorts in the UK, sunny Sardinia, a five-star Greek Island escape and much more.
If you fancy a bit more culture, Family Traveller, recommend some cities to visit with children including Amsterdam for its end to end children’s festivals in July and August, Copenhagen for an easy-to get around trip close to spectacular beaches at Vestegnen, and Berlin for museum island and Berlin Zoo.
Children’s festivals in Amsterdam
If you manage to book somewhere then remember you’ll need to add insurance; ERGO provide policies for single parent families. Simply add your children onto your own policy.