We’re all well aware that it’s important to spend time with the family whenever possible, but for a lot of families with working parents it can be difficult to find some leisure time that isn’t spent on the living-room sofa.
This lack of family time can be hard to avoid, even for the most adapt of time managers. So, for all the hard-working types, there must be a reliance of big public holidays and periods throughout the year that are good chances to get away from the usual working life.
While these aren’t the only time a family can take some time out for a holiday, we realise that the people involved are often too busy to even think about when or where they might go, so here are a mix of options.
Christmas holidays have changed pretty drastically over the last century, and how much you appreciate the ever fancier and more expensive Christmas presents probably depends on who’s buying, but one thing that has stayed the same all this time is the family values that we all naturally enforce around Christmas Day.
There are some who are content with staying at home with the family, watching old movies and eating Christmas Dinner leftovers, but a surprising amount of families now take the chance to get away while work is off the mind.
Christmas breaks are quality time for families no matter what’s done during that time, but anyone who takes the opportunity to get away to a UK holiday get an extra bit of luxury. Places like Butlins often do Winter Wonderland breaks to escape to while it’s (hopefully) snowing.
Easter is perhaps slightly less conventional than Christmas, but it still has the advantage of school holidays. This obviously means breaks abroad can be more expensive- charging you a higher premium while the kids are off- but it’s nevertheless a great mid-year time to get away.
The school-summer holidays are notoriously the most expensive time of year to get away, but that’s for a pretty good reason: Everyone is off, the weather is good and families would have to pay for childcare during these weeks anyway, so logic says that they might as well make the most of it.
Although lots of people go abroad for this time, it’s always a good idea to make the most of the UK weather while it’s nice and hot, making sure everyone gets the most before autumn sets in.
February has a lot of responsibility as a month. Families have just battled through the January blues, so the best way to counter that would obviously be some time away. It still manages to take advantage of school holidays, avoiding any educational upsets, yet holidays in this time are going to be a lot cheaper than ones booked in August and July.
This is at the bottom because it can be the most risky, in terms of education, and therefore should be contemplated more than the rest. Holidays abroad, and usually England, will be nice and hot, but as school holidays have yet to start by this point it could be detrimental to the education of the children in the family.