Being a single parent on a budget and taking a vacation is often times impossible to do. Add to that the fact that vacation deal packages usually cater to couples with kids (double occupancy) a few days away becomes even more difficult for single parents to attain.
ABC News reports about a Travelocity poll taken in 2010 that shows 98% of single parents are not satisfied with the way the travel industry meets their needs. More than 70% of those surveyed also said they would like to see more single-parent packages.
Well for those single parents looking to get their kids somewhere sunny and beachy for a few days, there may finally be a deal just for them. Mexico’s Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit are offering a package created especially for single parents. If you book now through December 18th the single supplement fee is waived and one child will stay at a 50% discount. The package includes everything from roundtrip airfare to evening entertainment and more.
As a single parent, have you experienced difficulties finding a vacation package deal or had to pay for double adult occupancy when it was just you and the kids?
Do you think travel sites should consider offering more vacation packages catering to single parents?
Interesting. As a family of five however, we found most package deals were always for 2 adults and 2 children... we had 3. Most of those packages wouldn't even let me put a third child in the room and those that would, the cost was just outrageous. We never took part in any 'package' vacation and always planned them ourselves with hotels, condo's, etc. that allowed 5 or more.
It happened to me more times than I want to remember. Always charged for two adults plus one child when it was one adult and two kids. Try to get a package reduced, it doesn't happen.
I absolutely LOVE Riviera Maya! We are going back in October. We are a family of five and have discovered it is actually cheaper to get two rooms instead of one because the price per person includes a room anyhoot, so why not take the extra room! Just be careful because towns like Play del Carmen is technically not the "real" Riviera Maya. The further south you go..i.e. Tulum..is really considered the "real" Riviera Maya. We have stayed at Playa del Carmen and loved it as well though. :0)
I honestly felt treated like a second class citizen.
I have! If it's two people they assume it's a couple and the child discounts don't kick in on packages. I've been told by several entities that they don't have packages for that. As a one parent household who often works one job plus side jobs, I found it pretty cold hearted. Luckily for me, I have good friends in other places and we just always stay with each other. They stay with me while in town and I stay with them.