“I’m Billy No Mates every night sat at the bar while the boys go and play pool with their new friends.”
“Arguing with a 5-year old by the swimming pool because you need to go to the loo and she doesn’t want to stop playing!”
“OMG – that was not a holiday, I am sooo exhausted, it’s easier just staying at home!”
These are just a few of the comments that I heard time and again from my single-parent friends when they would talk about the one holiday they had taken alone with their kids since separating. I really felt for them because, for me, family holidays are one of my favourite things – I just love to travel, with or without the kids! But, what I was hearing more and more from friends was that they would rather not go away due to the hassle. Alternatively, they would holiday with gran and grandad or just have short weekend breaks in the UK – no “real” holiday…
So, having been in the travel industry for almost 20 years, I decided to do some research and realised what a huge market single-parent families represented. I ran an online survey about holidaying abroad and the responses had very consistent theme!
“Who would help if I got ill?”
“Simple things like having dinner with the kids when one of them wants the toilet and the other doesn’t! What do you do – leave their sibling or do you all go and leave your food?”
“I’d just miss adult company and feel really isolated”
“I’m not confident enough to just start talking to people, so we end up going straight to our room after dinner and I’m in bed when the kids go!”
These can be big issues for people, but they are not insurmountable and Melon Holidays aims to help on all counts. Because our families are coming together as small groups, a holiday support network is naturally created. Families are met at the airport and transferred to their hotel together where they will have a welcome meeting and get to break the ice with the other families.
Evening meals will be together and friendships will hopefully form very quickly so that you can head to the bar together while the kids enjoy the mini disco or shoot some pool! As all of our overseas holidays also include a sightseeing excursion, you and your children will be able to share these day-time adventures with other like-minded families.
Welcome to Melon Holidays!