Great Getaways For a Family Trip or Going Solo

Mother and son on a beach vacation

Life as a single mom is challenging enough as it is, and planning a single-mom trip might seem completely out of reach. But it doesn't have to be. Whether you want to whisk away the family for a big summer vacation, or just get the heck out of Dodge for a few days on your own, getting away as a single mom is doable. And you deserve it.

For the Family: Pick a Resort with Single Parent Deals

Resorts across the map are hopping on board with single moms, offering package deals for families with one parent. Many of these packages include tourist attraction tickets, airport transportation and deals on hotel suites—so don't worry about paying that single supplement premium at your hotel.

  • Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten (1 Rhine Road, Sint Maarten): This resort offers an all-inclusive package for single parent families with up to three children, where kids 11 and under stay and eat for free and kids 12 to 17 are charged a nightly rate of $45. If you can land a babysitter, you can go to the Monday night cocktail party hosted by the resort for single parents. The deal requires a minimum three-night stay.
  • Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya (Km. 62, Carr. Cancun - Tulum, Marietta, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico): With this package there's a suite, dining deals and access to all resort amenities, plus a guided ecological family tour and access to the kids and teens clubs. The package is available for a brief window each year and is open to single parents with two children between 4 and 15 years of age.
  • Palladium Hotels and Resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and Punta Cana: These resort locations offer single parent rates that allow single parent adults to pay half the double-occupancy room rate while up to three kids stay for 50 percent off the single parent rate.

For the Family: Get Active and Adventurous

If you and the kids prefer outdoor action to resort lounging, consider booking with an adventure tour company. Great Freedom Adventures leads three- to six-day biking trips in northeast regions of the United States, intermixed with hiking trips, farm-to-table meals and stays at resorts and inns.

Each of the inns along the tour offers special packages for single parent families. Guides help situate the kids on their bikes, and van drivers are available to transport them when they get too tired to keep riding.

For the Family: Book a Vacation Rental

If you want to keep things simple, flexible and free of single supplements, get on Airbnb and snag a vacation rental. You can pick a setting that best fits what excites you and the kids—on a lake, in a big city or near the beach. It's easy to find decent deals at the last minute, and having your own kitchen can help cut down on costs and frantic restaurant runs.

For You: Focus on Self-discovery

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts (57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA) sits on a hilltop over Lake Mahkeenac and promises to encourage finding yourself. It offers a meditation garden, sauna, fitness room and plenty of scenic spots for hiking, driving and relaxing.

Kripalu has packages catering to just about any journey of self-discovery you're after—yoga, creative expression, health and fitness, self-discovery and psychology programs, spiritual practice and meditation programs and healing arts treatments.

For You: Get Caffeinated

If you want a weekend away to explore an energizing, vibrant and relatively safe city, Seattle might be the spot for you. Head downtown to the Pike Place Market district to grab a meal or enjoy a tour. Check out the Seattle Art Museum (1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA) and its Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave., Seattle, WA) to refresh your creative side. Sit in mind-churning solitude at the Central Public Library (1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA).

And all the while, maintain a constant intake of caffeine, since Seattle's coffee culture is rich and prominent. The downtown area is compact and full of sights, restaurants and shopping, and public transportation is easily available.