9 Cheap Holiday Ideas for Single Parents

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Single parents deserve relaxing, enjoyable vacations that don’t break the bank. As a single parent, finding affordable and enjoyable vacation options can be a challenge. Between the costs of childcare, transportation, and activities, the idea of taking a family trip can seem daunting. However, with a little creativity and flexibility, it is possible to plan a memorable holiday without breaking the bank. 

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Before you start planning your next holiday, jump onto the main feed on the Frolo app and ask your fellow single parents where they've been recently on holiday. You can set up a poll if you want help deciding between a few choices! If you want company once you've made a decision, why not create a Meetup for your holiday and invite other single parents along, it's a great way to connect with likeminded people and find new connections for your kids, too. Join in the conversation on the Travel & Holidays Group Chat, too.

Affordable Vacation Ideas For Single Parents

1. Staycation

One of the most budget-friendly options is to plan a staycation. Explore your local area and discover hidden gems, such as museums, parks, or cultural events. This allows you to save on travel expenses while still providing your family with a change of scenery and new experiences.

2. Camping

Camping is an excellent way to enjoy the great outdoors without the high price tag. Look for campsites in your region that offer basic amenities, such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and swimming holes. Invest in a sturdy tent and some camping gear, and you're all set for an affordable adventure. You might want to start small by spending a night in the garden in a tent to test everything out. The kids will love it! 

Read our guide to thinking about single parent holidays, here. 

3. House Swap

Consider a house swap with another family. This allows you to enjoy the comforts of a home away from home without the cost of a hotel or vacation rental. Research house swap websites and connect with other single parents who may be interested in a reciprocal arrangement. Check out www.houseexchange.org

4. Road Trip

Plan a road trip to a nearby destination. This can be a cost-effective way to explore new places while keeping transportation expenses low. Pack a cooler with snacks and meals, and look for free or low-cost activities along the way, such as hiking, visiting state parks, or exploring small towns. You might even organise a visit to a Frolo friend’s family in a different part of the country and arrange to stay, so that the trip is a mini holiday for you and the kids. You can return the favour and host them in return for their holiday. Check out the Travel & Holidays Group Chat on Frolo to see what others are planning.  

5. All-Inclusive Resort

While all-inclusive resorts may seem like a splurge, they can actually be a budget-friendly option for single parents. Look for family-friendly all-inclusive resorts that offer activities, meals, and childcare services included in the price. This can help you save on the individual costs of these services. Teaming up with another Frolo family might also help you cut costs and avoid single person charges on rooms. 

6. Volunteer Vacations

Consider a volunteer vacation, where you and your family can contribute to a meaningful cause while exploring a new destination. Many organisations offer volunteer opportunities that include accommodation and meals, making it an affordable way to travel. Check out responsibletravel.com and podvolunteer.org

7. House Sitting

Housesitting is a great way to enjoy a free place to stay while also caring for someone's home and pets. Look for house sitting opportunities in your desired destination and enjoy the comforts of a home without the associated costs, or ask family and friends if they’d be open to you and your children house sitting while they’re away for a free change of scene. 

8. Vacation Rentals

While vacation rentals can be more expensive than hotels, they often offer more space and amenities, making them a better value for families. Keep an eye out for vacation rentals that offer discounts for longer stays or off-season travel. If you are flexible on your destination, you can plot in dates to many destinations and explore the map by price to find something within your budget. 

9. Local Events and Festivals

Check your local community calendar for free or low-cost events and festivals. These can be a great way to experience the culture and entertainment of a destination without the high price tag. Children will often have just as much fun at a local village fete as they would at a big-ticket festival event. Holidays to expensive theme parks and exotic destinations might be the images we’re shown of family holidays most frequently, but memories are made with quality time spent as a family, not the price tag of the destination you make them in. 

If you’re wondering how other single parents afford their holidays, jump on to the Frolo Finances Group Chat and connect with your community today. 

There’s a full chapter on holidays as a single parent in How To Be A Happy Single Parent, you can order your copy here.

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