The U.S. Census Bureau currently estimates that 27 percent of children under the age of 18 live in single-parent households. However that ratio is not reflected by family travel planners.
“You only need to look at family holiday packages widely advertised by the travel industry to see they cater to two parents and two children.” Dyan McKie, brand manager of family adventures for Intrepid Travel, said in a statement. “In many ways this assumption is archaic and doesn’t reflect today’s families. The travel industry caters to so many niche groups but solo parents have been ignored for too long.”
Earlier this month, Intrepid Travel launched six new tours, all catered to solo parents. The destinations are about as far from a theme park vacation as you could imagine. Parents can choose trips to Costa Rica, Thailand, Northern India, Egypt, Vietnam, or Morocco.
Although some family tour operators may welcome single parents alongside two-parent families, Intrepid keeps each group restricted to only single-parent families. There is only ever a maximum of 16 travelers in each group and tours are led by locals, with a focus on local experiences. Travelers can spot Bengal tigers in India, drink mint tea in Marrakech, or cruise down the Nile — all with other families that resemble theirs.
Intrepid specifically selects hotels with conjoining rooms when possible to easily accommodate families. The itineraries are designed with activities for both children and adults.
Solo parent trips start at $555 per person for an eight-day trek through Morocco and go up to $3,185 per person for a 15-day voyage in Costa Rica. Kids 17 or younger get a 10-percent discount.
Single-parent families who want to stay in one place while on vacation can also opt into the growing trend of single-parent packages at tropical resorts.