You and the kids ... alone together again, and this time on vacation. It isn't always easy when you're the only parent: Before you've even recovered from the packing, you're on the plane or in the car, solo in your attempts to amuse, entertain, feed and comfort your children. And, once you've arrived, the vacation that you've so looked forward to may not meet your expectations. How do you avoid feeling isolated and lonely as you watch other happy parents interact? How do you find time for rest and relaxation when you can't get much of a break from your children? Follow these tips to help make the most of your vacation as a single parent.
Select a Vacation Where You'll Be Teamed Up with Other People for Activities and Meals
- Inclusive resorts make it easy to meet people across the tennis court, on a sailing excursion or at the dinner table. The mother of all inclusives, Club Med, has family villages designated especially for single parents (800-CLUBMED).
- Adventure travel and learning vacations often consist of small groups of people traveling together with a common purpose. River rafting is a perennial favorite with single parents seeking a little excitement. Class VI River Rafters, on the New River in West Virginia, offers some of the best-priced family trips around (800-252-7784).
- Family camps are an affordable vacation option; similar to summer camp for kids, they offer cabin-style accommodations, three meals a day and all kinds of activities. Contact the American Camping Association (800-428-CAMP) for family camps in your area.