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I have just planned our end of year holiday.

I am trying to take the kids away at least once a year – where its just the three of us!

Last years trip was short but they still talk about it so it was obviously a hit.

The plan this year was to go see the whales in Cape Town but as you know plans change and I managed to get accommodation, flights and accommodation in Durban for the same price as just the flights to Cape Town.

So off we head in Sept/Oct to Durban! YAY!

But booking the holiday I was again faced with the fact that life does not really cater for single parents or even make things easy for us!

All I was looking for was reasonable priced accommodation for the kids and I for 3 nights. They are only on holiday for 7 days I think. 80% of the places would only take a min of 5 nights because its in the holidays, the other 10% were reasonable priced if I found 6 other people to share with us and the last 10% wanted R1500 + per night.

Now the kids and I really just need a double bed. We do not need interleading rooms or state of the art finishes. We just need four walls where we can sleep and cook meals!

I eventually did find a place where the lady was most helpful and made the booking for us! But it was not without frustration.

Holidays are a big deal for single parents. It takes careful saving and planning. Might be nice if holiday homes and resorts were a little more flexible!



  1. 24 June, 2009 / 6:34 am

    I took the children on holiday in June 2007 for a week to Uvongo. Since we are four I found a cottage for four which was soooooooooooooo tiny but cheap… it was all I could afford to be honest.

    We had a wonderful time and I have great memories… including my tyre bursting on the way home and the boys changing it!!!!!!!!!!!! from what they had seen on TV LOL

    I’ll never forget… and neither will they. 🙂

    I am proud of you bokkie

  2. 24 June, 2009 / 7:15 am

    I’m glad you found a place, sometimes the prices down at the coast is just insane!

  3. Meriel
    24 June, 2009 / 7:22 am

    sounds fab.

    next year when you do the whales you let me find you a place ok. someone right under my nose with 2 teenagers to babysit.

  4. 24 June, 2009 / 8:35 am


    And next time you want a holiday – come and visit me! Your kids would LOVE the farm. They’d have a ball with mine and i’ve got a gorgeous little cottage. And flights are cheap to EL.

  5. 24 June, 2009 / 8:38 am

    and the accom would be FREE!

  6. 24 June, 2009 / 12:29 pm

    Besides marking holiday accoommodation, which can be rooms/self-catering apartment/luxury villas/B&B’s or guest houses, I also run a Personal Lifestyle Concierge business. I make it my business to get people organised and organise anything for anyone.

    Next time leave all your worries to me. I’ll take care of it all.

    My accommodation portfolio is also designed to fit various differing budgets.

  7. 24 June, 2009 / 1:27 pm

    Half the problem is finding a good letting agent that won’t rip you off. Seriously, next time look at cyberviewletting.co.za that @marcforrest posted on twitter… they’re so very reasonable. We ended up renting a completely refurbished penthouse for R500 a night!

  8. 24 June, 2009 / 8:35 pm

    Wow, you plan ahead. I’m impressed! I’m trying to put together travel arrangements for a trip in 2 weeks!! Ha.

    I agree single parent accomodations are a little harder. I think they charge the same room rate for 1 parent with kids, as 2 parents with kids. Cheaper for two adults to travel together.

    Your trip sounds great!

  9. 25 June, 2009 / 4:27 am

    I love doing this with my kids too. Sounds like fun! There should be more places for single parent holidays, don’t ya think?

  10. 25 June, 2009 / 2:37 pm

    Glad you found a place. I hope you enjoy your holiday.

  11. 26 June, 2009 / 10:57 am

    Oh I feel your frustration! I also did my level best to take the knucklehead away from everyone and everything for a holiday at least once a year, and for a week minimum if I could.
    It was dreadful trying to find something affordable and not completely dingy!
    Yay for you!

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