All Inclusive Vacation mother and baby on beach turqiose water single parent vacations

Published on January 25th, 2018 | by Alyssa Daniells

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The quick guide to all-inclusive single parent family vacations

The traditional family structure has changed. So why the occupancy surcharge for single parents? We give you the lowdown on some of the best all-inclusive tour operators for single-parent family vacations.

Encountering a secluded beach with no one else on it. Trying a new and exotic dish at a local-recommended restaurant. Discovering a hand-written welcome note from your concierge. These surprises while travelling enhance our holiday and galvanize our love of travel.

Then, there are those not-so-great types of surprises.

Let’s say, when your resort slaps a single-occupancy fee on your family vacation because you’re the only adult on your trip.

shadows of a parent and child reflected on crystal clear ocean on the sand and shallow turquoise water

Sure, you don’t want to make waves questioning the single-supplement charge, but why pay it?

If you’ve travelled solo before, you’re likely familiar with the ubiquitous single-supplement fee hotels add.

Similarly, many resort prices are based on double occupancy. This means the single mom or dad often faces an extra fee, even when sharing a room with their child(ren).

Whether you are a single parent or just happen to be travelling on your own with the kids, paying for the absence of a second adult may seem unfair, but it’s not unusual. The additional cost can range from a few hundred dollars, to nearly double the price.

Affordable single-parent family vacations

dad and small daughter holding hands stepping into the ocean on the beach

Save yourself from sending that “wish you were here!” postcard to your ex upon seeing the single fee. Enjoy your much-deserved vacation with the kids instead.

If there’s anyone more deserving of a family vacation, it’s the busy single parent.

Parenting without a partner already presents its own unique set of challenges, from added financial obligations and time constraints. One-parent families are a rising demographic in Canada.

Thankfully, leading tour operators like Air Canada Vacations, Transat and Sunwing understand this, by featuring family-friendly 3-,4- and 5-star all-inclusive resorts, across the Caribbean and Mexico, in their itineraries.

Besides waiving the supplement cost, single parents will enjoy resorts that provide these important considerations:

  • safety and security
  • supervised kids programs and play areas
  • kids stay and eat free promotions
  • additional excursion and activity travel deals for single parents

Transat Single Parent Program

one red lounge chair by pool on a resort for single parent vacations

Picture yourself poolside as the kids play at one of the resort’s supervised kid’s programs.

Transat, Canada’s low-cost charter airline features the Single Parent collection, featuring advantages like reduced rates and family rooms.

What makes Transat a dream family vacation for the solo parent? Resorts in its Single Parent selection feature Kids Clubs, allowing mom or dad to relax, while the children have a blast, under safe supervision. In addition to the perks of this program are bonuses from its Family Collection of vacation packages. These include access to a dedicated counter, priority boarding and even ‘valet’ stroller service — Transat’s LIMO!, which allows pint-sized legs a rest between the long jaunt from check-in to boarding (making it a welcome rest for weary parents, as well.)

Be sure to register the kids for Air Transat’s free Kids Club before the trip, or ask your travel agent. Benefit from entertaining as well as practical advantages like:

  • A kit filled with cool travel swag
  • Free seat selection on their roundtrip flights (certain conditions may apply.)
  • Dedicated check-in counter for Club members and family to fast-track to the gate
  • Pre-boarding in Economy Class
  • Priority baggage handling
  • On-board surprises to make the journey in the sky (and on the ground) even more fun.

Sunwing Single Parent Vacations

two girls with pink sunglasses and water wings in swimming pool

Supervised kid’s clubs on the resort property are a welcome break for all family members– especially the head of the single parent household. What’s not to love?

For the mom or dad flying solo (so to speak) Sunwing’s Smile Resorts™ collection is an excellent option. For travel with kids under age 13, Sunwing single parent packages include a selection of hotels and resorts ranging from 3-stars to 5-stars in Aruba, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Jamaica.

Sunwing understands that single parents face different challenges when it comes to vacationing with their children – not least of which is keeping costs under control. While the primary goal of your trip is to spend quality time together as a family, you should be able to have some grown-up fun, or time for yourself, in the process. That’s why all Smile Resorts™ have Kids Clubs programs, specials deals and activities for teens aged 13 to 17 and kids’ pools with shaded areas wherever possible.

Smile Resorts™ all guarantee no single-parent supplement — that right there is a single reason to choose Sunwing!

Air Canada Vacations Single Parent Packages

single parent and child on beach with rolling waves that look like crashing horizontal lines

Your partner prefers to stay home? Don’t let the absence of an adult travel partner cost you more money.

Air Canada Vacations also realizes family vacations don’t always mean two adults. Although known for their destination weddings and honeymoon packages, ACV’s family all-inclusives in the Caribbean and Mexico offer advantages for single parent travellers.

Air Canada Single Parent packages may slightly differ from regular family packages, offering exclusive single parent travel deals during the low season (generally speaking, in the summer months.)  Select ACV partner resorts will also extend kids stay and eat free promotions, usually based on double-adult-occupancy, to single-parent families. Best of all, these resorts always feature Kids’ Clubs for toddlers to teens, with supervised activities based on age and interests.

A Last Word

silhouette of mom and child's hands creating a heart with the sunset over the beach in the background

More and more tour operators and resorts are catching up with the shifting concept of the family unit, and adjusting their policies and payments accordingly. A Flight Centre travel agent is happy to discuss more options with you.

Book your well-deserved family vacation today by enquiring online, by calling us at 1877 967 5302 or by visiting your local Flight Centre store location.

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Alyssa Daniells

Alyssa Daniells incorporates her two enduring passions, writing and travel, in her role as copywriter for Flight Centre.



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