Magazine article Newsweek

Single Mom with Kid Needs Break

Magazine article Newsweek

Single Mom with Kid Needs Break

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Byline: Anna Kuchment; With Meredith Karp

Two years after her 2003 divorce, Lisa Gentile took her daughter, Claudia, then 6, to Las Vegas. "Somebody told me how family-friendly Las Vegas had become," says Gentile, 44, a legal specialist from Fanwood, N.J. The pair played by the pool and took a gondola ride at the Venetian, but the experience left Gentile feeling lonely for adult conversation. "When you travel with a child, children will always meet other children, but grown-ups do not necessarily meet each other," she says.

On their next mother-daughter adventure, Gentile booked a getaway through Single Parent Travel (singleparenttravel.net). The Annapolis, Md., company offers group vacations for adults traveling alone with kids. Last summer, she and Claudia, now 9, spent a week at the Beaches Turks & Caicos resort ($2,767 for seven nights for one adult and one child, all inclusive) along with two dozen other single-parent families. "It was wonderful," she says. Lisa and Claudia spent most days chatting and playing on the beach with other families, then meeting up again at night for dinner, a stroll or a variety show. They befriended a mother-daughter pair from their home state and have stayed in touch ever since. "The best part is the company," says Gentile. "You're meeting people you have something in common with, and their reason for being there is the same as yours."

Adults who travel alone with kids face some pressures that two-parent families don't. "Everything falls on you: you're the good guy and the bad guy, and that can be harrowing," says John Frenaye, a divorced father of three and president of Single Parent Travel. …

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