How do you manage a family holiday as a lone parent?

(44 Posts)
minkulus Sun 17-Mar-13 21:06:31

I have been separated from my husband since December and am just starting to get my head together enough to contemplate a summer holiday. Can I ask how other lone parents manage it, both in energy, logistics and financially?!
Are there any good companies that are geared up for cash strapped single mums? The ones I have seen are all very expensive!
Also my two are very different ages 2 1/2 and 8 so their interests and needs vary greatly!
Thanks for any advice.

BeGoodElliot Sat 23-Mar-13 14:03:13

When dd was younger we did lots of Haven type holidays. The plus side being there was always some for of entertainment so even if I felt like a break/was tired I could sit with a drink and dd would happily play/watch a show/or whatever.

I also agree with going away with friends/family if that's an option especially if they have other children. This worked for us as I only have dd and worry she will get bored with just me!

Last summer we booked through lowcostholidays for a cheap all inclusive week in Spain. They do lone parent rooms where there is no supplement for only having one adult. Worked out really well, hundreds of pounds cheaper than for the same holiday with Thomas cook etc

girliefriend Sat 23-Mar-13 14:10:38

Xenia - not sure that comment was entirely necessary hmm

exoticfruits Sat 23-Mar-13 22:52:14

Xenia can never resist. I found the best, most enjoyable way, as a single parent was to rent a big house with other families- not necessarily single parents.
I also took him skiing- again with a group. It was best for us because he was an only child and he got company.

exoticfruits Sun 24-Mar-13 06:55:35

Have you got any friends that you can go with? Big houses to rent seem expensive but when you divide the cost by 3 it is more affordable than getting a small one on your own. We then had a kitty for food. You do have to choose the right people, fairly laid back ones who don't want to spend a lot of money. The children amused themselves, we once had 7 and you have adult company in the evenings. I once did similar abroad with a friend , her child, her father and her cousin and we got a villa as a last minute bargain. However it is not the best to wait last minute and small children do not want or need the sun, it is much simpler to be a car journey away.

coribells Sun 24-Mar-13 12:21:06

I never gave up work either, BUT the problem is I don't have any family to go away with. I've been away with friends before when the kids wee younger but can't rely on them all time. Am hoping singlewithkids with be a solution. Would like to try a festival this year as well. Any one up for that?

exoticfruits Sun 24-Mar-13 12:24:16

Can you find a group. I didn't have anyone to ski with and found a group with children. I didn't know any of them and yet it worked out well and much cheaper. (and I did give up work when DS was little grin)

Kewcumber Sun 24-Mar-13 15:48:42

Coribells - we go on the new forest trip every year - love love love it. Couldn't go last year as it clashed with something but hopefully will go this year.

Yes every woman who never takes any time off can afford to take their 15 children skiing and to Antigua every year. Every woman who takes any time off at all struggles forever after to take children on a camping weekend. Such is the gospel according to Xenia. Amen

Yup thats the way it works for most people.

exoticfruits Sun 24-Mar-13 16:05:14

It is the adult who wants the skiing and Antigua-DCs are just as happy in the New Forest-people kid themselves they are doing it for the DCs when in actual fact it is for them. We did a lot in Cumbria -and if you stay outside the Lake District you can get cottages much cheaper.

Fleecyslippers Sun 24-Mar-13 16:09:26

Ignore Xenia. She regularly trolls around this and other forums belittling anyone who doesn't earn a 6 figure salary. You should see her in action on one of the divorce forums wink

I'm taking mine abroad this year. Lots of research to find a really well located hotel with a 'safe' walk into the town centre, going to go half board so no wandering around in the evenings looking for restaurants and the all important kids club wink

I am a little nervous but the kids levels of excitement cancels that out. (As does the look on financially abusive Exs face when the kids told him grin )

Fluffy1234 Sun 24-Mar-13 16:15:16

When I was a lone parent I collected the Sun newspaper tokens and went to Pontins and on a Haven holiday. We enjoyed the swimming pools and amusements and also did lots of days out and got ice-cream and chips.

daisydoodoo Sun 24-Mar-13 16:19:28

I go away a fair bit with my dc. Its easy. The most difficult person to cater fir used to be h. So now we get to go and do all the things we wanted to do but didn't.

Ive taken them to butlins, Cornwall, Devon, package holidays in Greece turkey Spain. Ive even done long haul to America and Perth in Australia.

I have 4 dc, now 15, 11, 7 and 3.

Teahouse Sun 24-Mar-13 16:21:02

I have never been able to afford holidays as an LP. My DCs went on holiday occasionally with their dad and step-mum, and I did days out..far cheaper, and easier to negotiate around diverse interests.

coribells Sun 24-Mar-13 17:13:47

ooh kewcumber, might see you in the forest this year then !!!BTW , I am a MN oldie, I lurked (may have even posted ) when you were getting ready to adopt .

Kewcumber Sun 24-Mar-13 17:20:11

if we manage to book it Coribell I'll PM you and you can reveal the real you!

Kewcumber Sun 24-Mar-13 17:33:53

bugger can't do it this year either - clashes with bleedin school fair again. NExt year camping gets priority over school fair.

We do go to the Wickstead campfest at August bank hols with them every year.

coribells Sun 24-Mar-13 19:25:01

whoops I didn't check whether it clashes with the school fair, am going anyway.wink

coribells Sun 24-Mar-13 20:23:54

Like the look of Wickstead too

minkulus Sun 24-Mar-13 21:33:18

Wow! So many really positive outlooks, thanks so much! I am still really nervous about doing it solo but as some posters have pointed out its not that different from dragging around a not very helpful or proactive DH or DP! So all I need now is a good kick up the bum and to decide what I want to do! I have seen a few cottages near to days out / attractions so will probably try that first: toe in the water etc! Mumsnet rocks!

onoroff Sun 24-Mar-13 21:41:10

I took my Dd on holiday on my own last year for the 1st time. We had a lovely time, I would do it again and I would not be nervous of doing so. However, I was a little lonely in the evenings. No different to home I guess but it would have been nice to sit outside and have a glass of wine with someone!

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