Before I got married and had children I used go on holiday with family or friends and never had a go on one of the single person specialist trips. I had considered it but was never brave enough!
Now I'm a single parent with 2 young children going on holiday throws in a whole new dimension. Most holiday packages are set-up for the "standard" family mum, dad and 2-3 children. The prices reflect this with rooms being based on cost of 2 adults and then children are "free". The other downside is that it always seems that everyone else are couples with kids and people ask where "daddy" (or mummy) is. Not a recipe for a relaxing time.
A few months ago I started tweeting with the lovely Chrissie from Single With Kids holidays. These are the "largest provider of single parent breaks in the UK" and organise a variety of weekends in the UK and trips abroad for single parents and their children. As they block book the holidays are cheaper than going solo and also you know that you will be with families in a similar situation to your own.
I have been looking at these trips for a while but unfortunately in my current financial circumstances even a weekend away was out of the question. Earlier this week the latest e-mail popped up in my inbox with the Christmas and New Year trips in it. They all sounded fabulous but out of reach. Then Chrissie posted on Twitter looking for some single parent bloggers to come on a weekend for free in return for some publicity. I have to say that was one of the fastest tweet replies I have ever done!
So here I am getting all excited about heading off to Derbyshire at the end of the month to SWK Grand Christmas Party with my children. I am looking forward to finally meeting some of the lovely people I tweet with and to spend time with other single parent families in a relaxed setting.
There are still a few places left so if you are a single parent and would love a weekend away I would get on to the Single With Kids web site very quickly! I will be posting more when I get back ....