Single Parent Holidays: Budgeting Advice And Tips For Planning Your Adventure

Many single parents may see a holiday with their children as a pipe dream. Money and time are often on a tight budget, and a holiday can seem far out of reach. It doesn’t have to be. There are ways that you and your children can plan an adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.


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Discounts And Deals


There are often holiday discounts and deals to be found. Some travel agents offer discounts for last minute bookings. Some even offer packages specifically for single parents. Some airlines have special deals or services for single parents as well. Check your local travel agent but look online as well for a deal that suits your budget.

Some travel agents will offer a payment plan. Always make sure that the plan suits your budget, and check for hidden costs or interest rates.




A holiday doesn’t have to involve international travel. A road trip around the UK and camping can be just as much of an adventure. Staying on a campsite can also be considerably cheaper than staying in a hotel.


Stay With Family Or Friends


You may be able to save money on accommodation if you stay with family and friends. They may also be able to recommend places to go, things to do and things to see. If they’re familiar with the area, they’ll be able to introduce you to hidden gems off the beaten tourist path.


House Swap


There are websites that can help you house swap. You visit their house, and they come stay in yours. If this is something that you feel comfortable with remember:

  • Look for a swap with someone who has a similar home and lifestyle.
  • Be upfront about expectations, wants and needs.
  • Make sure your home insurance is up to date. Check that your policy will cover the swap period or take out additional insurance to cover the period.
  • Exchange information with your swap partner ahead of your trip. Make sure that you have contact information, alarm codes, and emergency information, and that you’ve given them the same.
  • Tidy up before you leave. You may want to remove some personal belongings, or valuables before the swap.
  • Leave a welcome note and include information about your home and the area. You might want to include information on events happening during their stay, takeaway menus, or places to see.


Travel With Friends And Split The Costs


Travelling as a group can often reduce the costs, so ask your friends if any of them want to travel with you and your children. Tailor the trip to suit everyone’s budgets. Look at holiday home lettings instead of hotels and check out costs of public transportation. If you book a house or apartment, work out a cooking schedule and food costs.


Think About Your Destination


When you’re planning your holiday, think about how long you’re going to go for, and when is peak travel season. Travelling in peak season is more expensive, so a week-long trip may not be an option. Buy your tickets at least three months before. The closer to the travel dates, the more expensive the trip.


Saving Money


If you can, set aside a little money every month, you’ll be able to fill your holiday fund in no time. It’s easier to take a little from your pay regularly rather than a big chunk all in one go. You could also try to ‘save what you spend’. For example, stop buying coffees at cafes, and have one at home instead. Put the money you would have spent in your holiday fund.