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Family holidays under threat, poll finds

Do you think separate family holidays could lead to the breaking up of the ‘family unit’? 

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Nearly three-quarters (73%) of working parents plan on taking a summer break at a different time than their partner, because they need to juggle holiday childcare.

A new survey for Nationwide Savings has revealed three in 10 parents said they have had to go away on holiday without their other-half in the past.

  • Around one in 11 (9%) of the people polled said they regularly take separate breaks from their partner, due to work pressures.

Meanwhile, one in four parents questioned admitted to having “played hooky” in the past, so they could take their children on holiday during term time, when it is often cheaper.

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More than four-fifths (81%) of working parents said they find it difficult booking the time-off they need for holidays.

One in five (21%) usually book their holidays as soon as the work calendar starts so that childcare can be covered at difficult times such as Christmas and summer holidays.

For almost half of parents (45%) this tactic left them feeling guilty about the effect on their work colleagues without children.

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Nationwide Savings also surveyed 2,000 working age people who do not have children.

More than a quarter felt workplace etiquette dictated that they should not book leave during school holiday periods – when their colleagues with children would want to take time off.

Close to half (45%) of those without children admitted they felt annoyed or fed up that colleagues with families always get summer or Christmas holidays off.

Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, Nationwide Building Society’s head of savings policy, said: “As our research shows, planning a family holiday can be a tricky process, with parents revealing not just the financial pressures but also the impact on family and working relationships.”

  • What are your thoughts on the surveys? Tell us in the comment section below.


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