Intrepid Travel has launched six new tours specifically designed for solo parents and their children.

Heralded as a first of its kind, the experiential travel company says it is long overdue for the travel industry to cater for solo parent families, especially when the UK alone has nearly two million solo parents.

Dyan McKie, brand manager for family trips at the company, said: “You only need to look at family holiday packages widely advertised by the travel industry to see they cater for two parents and two children. In many ways this assumption is archaic and doesn’t reflect today’s families. The travel industry caters for so many niche groups but solo parents have been ignored for too long.”

“Our existing family trips have been increasingly popular with solo parents as it allows children to bond and form their own friendships, meaning that parents can enjoy some much-deserved rest and relaxation.”

The company reports that 16% of family bookings were for single parents and their children in the year ending September 2017 and is experiencing increased enquiries and requests from solo parents.

To cater to this demand and include tours for all types of families, the operator 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.

As an example, the 15-day Costa Rica itinerary will see families get involved 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.

In addition to solo parent family itineraries, the operator 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 beaches, forests, lost ruins and colonial townships.

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