More than a quarter of all children growing up in the United States come from single-parent homes. Yet despite these large numbers, most traditional family travel experiences don’t cater to the needs of single parents, often deterring them from planning vacations with their children. At Ciao Bambino, we offer customized solutions to make the travel dreams of all our clients, including single parents and their kids, come true.
Moms and dads come to us with a variety of experiences on their wish list, and every family has their own travel style. For example, some single parents seek lodging options that have a kids’ club so that they can get some solo time while their children carry on having fun and making memories. Not only do we have a vetted list of properties with this type of service, but we’ve experienced many firsthand or via the continual feedback loop of our many clients. Parents can rest easy knowing we only recommend the highest-quality properties and childcare options.
We’re also incredibly knowledgeable about room configurations and can often secure helpful perks like free breakfast and early check-in. Rooms with a balcony or living room suite are great for single parents who want to enjoy downtime while the kids nap or when they head to bed early. At many of our favorite hotels, we’re on a first-name basis with the general manager and concierge staff, who in turn look after our clients personally. This type of attention is valued greatly by single parents, who may need someone to make a middle-of-the-night run to a pharmacy for medicine or diapers or just handle last-minute dining reservations.
For more complex trips, our advisors take the hassle out of traveling the world with kids and save single parents lots of precious time in the planning process. We can book private airport transfers as well as other transportation services so that navigating around a destination is never a concern. Ensuring that every itinerary we create is full of fun, age-appropriate activities is our specialty, but we also incorporate relaxing downtime into every trip so that traveling with kids still feels like an actual vacation. Some of our favorite ideas for single parents and kids include:
One of the easiest ways to make family travel feel manageable for single parents is to link up with other families to join in the fun. The children on these kid-friendly small group tours turn into instant playmates, while the adults enjoy conversation and activities on their own from time to time. There are so many destinations and travel methods possible on this type of trip, from a tour around Japan to a river cruise through Germany. We can sort through the options and determine the best fit for your family’s priorities.
No parent wants to juggle navigating foreign roads while entertaining kids in the back seat, all on their own. Enter Switzerland, which offers single parents a beautiful, laid-back destination that also has the most well-developed train network in Europe. It’s easy to access even the smallest, most charming villages by rail here, and we know lots of wonderful hotels just a short walk from the various train stations. Switzerland also has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, meaning visitors who value safety feel at ease.
Nothing says relaxation like quality time spent together on sunny beaches or around kid-friendly resorts. Parents love the mix of onsite activities, the large selection of room configurations and plentiful dining options at the many family-oriented resorts found on the more popular islands, like Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.
As kids get older, they value travel experiences that feel quite different from day-to-day life at home and vacations that allow them to experience something completely new. Dude ranches are the perfect foray into this type of travel, and they work exceptionally well for single parents also. The ranches offer plenty of activities, both organized and unplanned, meaning you’ll never hear the words “I’m bored.”
For a trip across the pond that feels both manageable and fun, London answers the call. There’s so much to do here, from fascinating historical sites to hands-on museums. Build in some downtime too, like going to see a West End show or playing in a park. We love to book single parents and their children in our favorite centrally located hotels, where the staff pride themselves on knowing guests by name. Our top guides making sightseeing a breeze; let them entertain children with hilarious and spooky stories to make the city come alive.
Truly effortless travel logistics are the big draw when booking a family cruise experience. We love putting our knowledge of the various routes and ships that sail in destinations around the world to work for our clients, ensuring their experience on board is incredible.
Dreary winter weather can make the days feel as though they drag on forever. By booking a ski trip, families get much-needed outdoor time plus incredible bonding moments as they tackle new skills and conquer challenging slopes together. One of our favorite pro tips for single parents looking to ski with their children is to invest in ski butler service, so that you’re not stuck dragging heavy gear to and from the mountain. We’re happy to make these arrangements for our clients.
Can thrilling adventure exist alongside peaceful serenity for single parents looking for both? It can in Costa Rica! We love booking clients on top-notch half day adventures, like guided hikes to see monkeys and sloths, ziplining tours through tree canopies and whitewater rafting through amazing ecosystems. Leisurely afternoons and evenings on the beach or by the pool offset this high-energy fun; you can enjoy Costa Rica’s incredible weather and brilliant sunsets through all four seasons.
Easy flight connections and a wide range of kid-friendly resorts make Mexico hugely appealing to families. Some of our favorite properties have dedicated baby concierges, parent/child yoga classes and, even better, single-parent pricing.
In addition to designing trips in these destinations and many others, we’re also happy to make special arrangements that streamline travel for single parents. Services like luggage or equipment shipping make traversing airports with the kids less stressful. We also love booking photography sessions with amazing photographers around the world to ensure our clients are actually in some of the pictures from the amazing trips we plan for them.
Every family deserves the kind of quality time together that can only be achieved when venturing away from home, even if it’s just for a few days. Our travel advisors take the pressure off parents’ shoulders and design trips that meet every family’s unique needs. With our help, traveling solo with kids can feel the way it was always intended: fun and unforgettable.
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This is a challenging time for our clients given the uncertainty around the spread of coronavirus, particularly for those with near-term travel plans in impacted areas. We’re working with our suppliers on being flexible with their booking conditions, and enabling families to postpone travel to a later date without a penalty, when possible. Likewise, given the unpredictability around destinations that may be impacted in the future, we’re helping clients planning new trips and understand ways that they can protect themselves until the situation improves. We are ready to help our clients work through questions and concerns.