Travel Options for Single Parents With Kids

Check out these domestic and international vacation ideas for single-parent families.

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Most travel companies offer itineraries that are designed for families or solo travelers. But in recent years there has been a rising demand for travel packages that are created for single parents with children. There are now various travel agencies and resorts that offer specialized tours for the single mom or dad traveling with children and Intrepid Travel is one of the first to offer international travel packages to such far away destinations as India. The latter tour includes such sights as the "Pink City" of Jaipur, the Taj Mahal and the Ranthambhore National Park.


Another exotic excursion that Intrepid Travel offers is a solo parent tour of Egypt that includes cruising the Nile in a Felucca, snorkeling amid the coral reefs of the Red Sea, exploring the pyramids or taking the overnight train from Cairo to Aswan.

Rocking Horse Ranch

Another travel agency that caters to single parents is Single Parent Travel which often offers trip outside the U.S. to destinations such as Peru and Guatemala. They also feature vacation packages inside the U.S. to such popular family resorts as Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, New York. In addition to horseback riding activities, the resort also offers outdoor water sports like mountain tubing (pictured), rock climbing, bungee jumping and other fun family activities. And for single moms and dads looking for cruise vacations for their family, companies like MSC Cruises offer specific destination cruises around the world.

Costa Rica

One of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, Costa Rica is an ideal destination for single parents with active children that enjoy outdoor activities. Intrepid Travel offers an itinerary that includes whitewater rafting, hiking through dense rainforests, relaxing in thermal springs or swimming in the shadow of an active volcano.


For those wanting to experience Northern Africa, Intrepid Travel offers a comprehensive eight day excursion through Morocco which includes visiting the bustling city of picturesque Marrakech, a journey into the Atlas Mountains, camel rides across sand dunes and the rich multi-cultural city of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast.


G Adventures is a specialist in small group touring and single parents with their kids are accommodated in several of their international travel packages such as their China trip, a 14-day tour from Beijing to Hong Kong. Highlights include the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China, the rugged beauty of rural Yangshuo and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an.


Beginning with Quito, Ecuador as a departure point, G Adventures’ Galapagos family package is a good fit for parents with children as young as six years old. It is part of their Jane Goodall Collection of tours that promote animal welfare and some of the adventures include seeing giant tortoises in the wild, kayaking at Tortuga Bay, swimming at Loberia beach and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island.


Japan, China and India have always been popular Asia destinations but Vietnam is an equally attractive alternative and G Adventures offers a 12-day excursion that combines culture, nature, culinary delights and outdoor activities. Some of the highlights include a cruise along Halong Bay, a guided cyclo tour of Hanoi, a visit to the Royal Tombs and Tien Mu Pagoda in Hue and an exploration of Luon cave.


For those who want to experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site with their children, G Adventures’ nine day Peru experience is a fun option that brings travelers to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan citadel situated high in the Andes Mountains. Other highlights include a journey into the Amazon rainforest and the Tambopata National Reserve led by experts in the local flora and fauna.

Mount Cinnamon Resort

Single parents with children looking for a vacation getaway that only involves one location and minimum travel should investigate resort packages in desirable destinations such as Mount Cinnamon Resort in Grenada. This seaside Caribbean resort offers a seven-night family package with full access to pristine beaches and water sport activities, yoga classes, natural sulphur springs, picturesque waterfalls and other eco-offerings.

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