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Budget Friendly Holiday Tips for Single Mothers - Single Mom Vacations on a Budget

Updated on October 5, 2013

As a single mother, it is natural to give your children the same opportunities as if your partner is still living with you and this includes fun days, vacationing, and travel. You are single but still you don’t want your kids to feel the absence of their father. However, the prospect of bringing all the family travel can be quite difficult to deal with and this is especially true if it is the first time you are planning to go on a vacation with kids without your former partner on a tight budget. There is no doubt in the fact that traveling with children being a single mom is an extremely exhausting task, but budget planning before the vacation and remaining economical and frugal while traveling with kids is the most difficult task to perform. But nothing is impossible as with proper planning and organization, you can easily enjoy your single mom vacation on a budget. Below you can find a few budget friendly holiday tips for single mothers:

Planning Your Vacation as a Single Mother

Any trip you make in your own country or in abroad requires proper planning and preparation, but being a single mom, the factors to be considered will be quite different. First and most important question you should ask yourself is what is your budget? In other words, what kind of vacation you can afford with kids and how you can limit expenses as the days pass. Then you need to choose the place and activities you and your kids can enjoy at an affordable price. On the other hand, you have to take into account your own needs. How will you feel and adapt to certain vacation destinations as a single mom?

Several moms vacationing with kids
Several moms vacationing with kids | Source

Single Mom Holiday Budget

When we talk about single mom holidays, there are several travel houses and vacation resorts available specifically designed for single moms with kids and they are becoming increasingly affordable, but still many hotels and resorts are renting rooms with double occupancy for adults and at times they charge extra for single moms traveling without a partner. You can avoid this if you start searching for holiday homes and resorts that charge rates per room and not per person. This means that the room will remain the same regardless if you sleep alone or with one or more of your children. When planning your holiday budget, you should also keep in mind that children over a certain age are considered adults when it comes to fees charged by some theme parks and adventure islands.

Cutting Costs for Single Mother Holidays

No matter what type of vacation you choose, as a single mom, you will always find creative ways to cut costs on holidays. For example, finding hotels with rooms and cabins including a kitchen where you can prepare your own food. In this way you will spend less money on food and also provide healthy meals to your kids. Another benefit of hotel rooms with kitchens is ease of preparing food for kids when they go to beach, picnics, swimming pools, or theme parks. This will save you more money that you otherwise would have spent in restaurants.

Camping For Single Moms

Many single mothers are intimidated at the thought of going to camp because they think they will have to work harder, setting up tents and preparing meals without a fully equipped kitchen. However, depending on site, camping is always less expensive than renting an apartment in a resort, holiday home, or near a theme park. If you are brave enough to face the challenge, camping also becomes a great way to entertain your children. Like what happens in some popular resorts, many campgrounds have organized clubs for children in which trained staff will care for and entertain your kids for a few hours in the morning while you relax a little. In addition, the campsites have lifeguards to babysit when single moms go to the pool. These sites also include playgrounds, sports facilities, just about everything you need to keep children occupied. This is especially true in USA and Europe where camping has become the most popular summer activity.

So above were a few budget friendly vacation tips for single moms. I hope a single mother will definitely find these tips useful and helpful for her next fun vacation with kids.



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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Single moms have more courage and stamina than moms with their partners because it is very difficult to raise kids without the partner and when they complete this task, they get a sense of confidence to move ahead. So I think it is not really difficult for a single mom to take her kids on frugal vacation but as I am a man, I understand that how much difficult it is for single dads to take kids on an economical holiday. Thank you so much gr82bme and stephhicks for your comments.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Super ideas - though the idea of me camping alone with my kids is like a scary ghost story! :) Rated up!

    • gr82bme profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Fantastic tips. Some moms do not think they can afford to take vacations. This hub may help. I will help you spread the word and share it

      Voted up

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Sameer.

    • sameerk profile image


      8 years ago from India

      nice one , loved it


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