30 May 2006
TAKING ex-wives and ex-husbands on holiday is the ultimate family
nightmare, according to a survey.
In the week two ex-wives won massive divorce settlements in the courts,
a whopping 41% of parents said having to take a former partner on a
family holiday was the worst possible scenario.
Next worse holiday partners are grandparents, according to the survey
by leading family travel experts takethefamily.com.
Over 26% said taking the grandparents away with them puts pressure on
what is meant to be a relaxing break.
Lucy Ace, managing director of takethefamily.com said: ‘With more and
more parents sadly getting divorced, this survey shows the pressures
modern families are under when they go on holiday.
‘And while kids may like Nana and Grandad tagging along, parents seem
to be less keen.’
In the survey of over 750 parents, 17% said they hated having to take
their kids' friends with them.
While parents would rather go away with their partner than have to take
10% of parents who took part in the survey said having to take kids
away with them was a hassle they’d rather avoid.
While just 6% gave their current partner the thumbs down.
Lucy Ace added: ‘Not surprisingly parents fancy a romantic break with
their partner with the kids safely tucked up with friends or relations.
‘But if parents are genuinely struggling to go on holiday with kids,
then our website and others like it are there to help.'
(489 families participated in the survey via Take the Family's site. 349 think the worst people to bring on family holidays was an :'Ex-partner', 227 the 'Kids' grandparents', 150 the 'Kids' friends', 89 the 'Kids' and 53 thought the 'Partner'.)
Take the Family’s favourite places offering kids clubs include Lanzarote’s Princess Yaiza, the Algarve’s Vila Vita Parc, the UK’s Luxury Family Hotels Group and the four Center Parcs resorts. For those seeking a luxury break try the Four Bears Den at one of the UK’s four Luxury Family Hotels or the Treehouse at the Sandy Lane in Barbados. Mark Warner and Club Med have great reputations, partly because of their kids clubs and smaller operators on our list of favourites, with a dedicated family friendly portfolio, include Esprit, Powder Byrne and Aspire Holidays.