A first of its kind, the experiential travel company says it is long overdue for the travel industry to cater for solo parent families, where the UK alone has nearly two million lone parents. The solo parent trips don't include a single supplement.
In the year ending September 2017, 16 per cent of Intrepid family bookings were single parents and their children. Anecdotally, Intrepid is experiencing increased enquiries and requests from solo parents.
To cater to this demand and include tours for all types of families, Intrepid has designed new trips in Costa Rica, Thailand, Northern India, Egypt, Vietnam and Morocco. These destinations were intentionally chosen to make it easier for solo parents as they could otherwise feel intimidated to travel to these destinations alone with their children.
The 15-day Costa Rica itinerary will see families get active in a range of adventurous activities such as white water rafting, horse riding, hiking through jungle to waterfalls and zooming through the treetops on a zipline. They will also glide through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park to seek out monkeys and turtles by foot and boat.
The 10-day Northern India Holiday for solo parent families will see groups taste sizzling curries in Delhi, stroll through the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and take in the famous landmark of the Taj Mahal.
Solo parents who don't want to be restricted to fly and flop holidays or large cruise ships, can explore Egypt on a nine day itinerary that includes cruising the Nile in a Felucca, camel riding and having dinner with a Nubian family.
For single parents who have always wanted to explore Morocco, they can now do so with an eight day itinerary tailor made for them and their children – from deserts to pristine beaches to the hustle of Marrakech.
In Asia, solo parents can enjoy some relaxation with the 12 day Thailand itinerarywhilst the kids are entertained with colourful markets in Bangkok to an Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. In Vietnam, families can enjoy a cyclo tour of Hanoi, sleep under the stars whilst cruising the natural wonder of Halong Bay and get tailor made outfits in Hoi An.
In addition to solo parent family itineraries, Intrepid has launched its new 2018 family itineraries including an eight day Bali Family Holiday designed specifically for teenagers, a Tanzania Family Safari and an eight day trip in Mexico, which takes families to sunny beaches, forests, lost ruins and colonial townships.