Here at Holidays with Kids we organise an annual getaway specifically for single parents families. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting opportunity nearer the time!
Travel with Kidz
This Sydney-based travel agent organises various types of specialist travel and has a good programme aimed at travel with kids. They will put together a package aimed at your particular needs and certainly understand single parent requirements. Their holidays include prepaid accommodation, car hire, transfers, recommendations for family holidays, and detailed itineraries. Destinations cover places from beach resorts in Queensland to safaris in Africa with flights over Victoria Falls, or trips to Lapland to visit Santa. They also do ski packages to New Zealand and the USA, and active holidays in small groups that will take you hiking or kayaking. See their website at www.mostravel.com.au/kidz.shtml or call (02) 9960 5008 and talk to Kidz consultants Nicole Reber or Virginia Lindsay. The agency is at 860 Military Road, Mosman NSW 2088.
Kidís World Travel
Kids World Travel has developed a travel program specifically tailored for families to worldwide destinations, and the staff are well acquainted with the needs of children and parents alike. They are very receptive to the particular wishes of single parents and will make all arrangements, from special meals on flights to transport and accommodation in order to take the uncertainty out of travel. The company is a division of World Travel Professionals, which has offices in Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Noosa, Perth and Melbourne. See www.worldtravel.com.au for addresses or e-mail the city name @worldtravel.com.au (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Peregrine has just released a Family Adventures program with eleven itineraries over six continents that are timed in conjunction with school holidays. (However, itineraries and dates can be modified to suit specific groups on request.) The itineraries are full of fun activities and sights that will appeal to children; destinations include Vietnam, Egypt and Namibia. Most trips take a maximum of 15 passengers (just a handful of families) and are accompanied by a local guide. The minimum age is usually six. The trips are highly suited to single parents because all the organisation is taken care of and the mixture of activities, relaxation and culture is geared both towards adults and children, keeping everyone happy. Even better, thereís no single supplement to worry about unless you want a room to yourself and the children are housed separately. When sharing, the adult pays the adult fare and the child the childrenís fare. (There are also some triple rooms available if travelling with two children.) For further information, contact your travel agent or Peregrine Travel Centre on 1300 854 439.
Singles Travel Connections
This licensed travel agent based in South Australia specialises in holidays for single people of all ages, and some are designed to accommodate parents or grandparents travelling with their children. Currently this group is offering two rather exotic tours for single parent families, to Peru and Namibia. See www.singlestravel.com.au, as their website is fairly detailed, or contact Judith on (08) 8293 6988 for more information.
Travel Indo China
The company operates small group journeys with a maximum of fifteen people to China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. They have three journeys designed especially for families that are both fun and educational. Activities include trekking, elephant riding, kite flying and river rafting.
Intrepid Travel is a world leader in great value real life experiences throughout the globe. Our Family Adventures provide the perfect alternative to resort or beach breaks with children and ensure that all of the family have a really great experience. Our style of travel is perfect for single parents or carers as all of the hassle is taken out of the travel planning and all of the fun is organised in! We have a range of itineraries in the Middle East and Latin America with a lot of availability. For info on our destinations on offer and the range of itineraries available for families, click here