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NOW CLOSED: UK MNers: Talk to us about holidays - you could win £500 to spend on Travelzoo, a night in the Birchover Hotel Apartments in Derby or Palmer's Cocoa Butter goodies

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 25-May-12 14:42:21

We want to know about you and your family and holidays - tell us what you love and loathe by completing our survey and you could win one of many fab prizes.

This includes up to £500 to spend on the holiday of your choice worth from the Travelzoo Top 20 travel deals, a bundle of Palmer's Cocoa Butter goodies worth £50.00 and a one night family stay in the Birchover Hotel Apartments in Derby. More info: here

The survey is open to all Mumsnetters who ever go on holiday (UK or abroad) with their family.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey - add your details at the end and you will be entered into the prize draw for one of the prizes up for grabs.

Thanks
MNHQ

musthavecoffee Mon 11-Jun-12 16:28:00

done smile

magentastardust Sun 10-Jun-12 22:40:04

Agree with trying to get a hotel for a family of 5 is tricky . No I don't want to pay for 2 rooms when a large room with 2 double beds and a cot will accommodate us all ! Don't mind paying slightly more but 2 rooms makes it very expensive .

COCKadoodledooo Sun 10-Jun-12 22:39:29

You need another option on the term time holiday thing - for teachers! I'd have no problem taking the kids out of school in primary to take advantage of cheaper holidays, but can't take the teacher dh out of school! It really pees me off that we're penalised because of that.

Ponders Sun 10-Jun-12 22:08:28

my youngest child is 19, so family holidays as such are over, so it's a bit hard to complete honestly & I gave up sad

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 10-Jun-12 20:17:52

thanks for all the comments....all welcome
ComeIntoTheGardenMaud - there is no survey sponsor for most of the questions...they are for MNHQ. As I said it was very hard to get a survey about family holidays down to 15 or so questions - we tried really hard to get it right for as many combos of holidays as we could!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 10-Jun-12 19:53:16

Done.

Another bijou gripe-ette. I suppose it's a reflection of who the sponsors are, but the questionnaire is very much geared to 'organised' holidays to hotels and resorts. The questions about catering for children and childcare (for example) don't really apply if you normally go to a French gite in the middle of nowhere.

cymruambyth Sat 09-Jun-12 22:13:01

Whoops! Posted too soon. I would like to have mentioned the lack of availability for larger families in hotels. As a family of 5 we either have to pay for two rooms or go self catering. There isn't much if a middle ground.

cymruambyth Sat 09-Jun-12 22:09:49

All done grin

agree that the questions assumed that family friendly = small child friendly. Also agree about the price of passports - we're just back from a week away, and thankfully the DDs passports don't expire till next year, as the cost of DHs and mine was shock.

Huge variations in when DC become adults in pricing structures annoys me. DD2 is 14, so a child in the hotel. but an adult on the plane. But not enough of a child that there was any particular entertainment laid on for her (not that it mattered, as she had a pile of books/my kindle, and we played cards a lot, but that's not the point). Am shock that Disney charge adult prices from 10 though.

ILovePonyo Fri 08-Jun-12 21:32:03

Done!

HeidiMG Fri 08-Jun-12 20:37:45

I would love a holiday as my car has just died sad I don't think I can afford it for a while! I am hoping the form went through! Please can you let me know or should I do it again! I think it was a few days ago that I filled it in! many thanks Heidi

Queenofcake Fri 08-Jun-12 20:24:01

My other grip is why some campsites/hotels/holiday companies stop charging child prices at stupidly low ages such as 11 or 12 years old. With an 11 and 13yo I get seriously annoyed at having to pay for 4 adults. It was actually a challenge this year to find a campsite where BOTH kids were classed as children. Did find one tho - kids upto age 15 hmm.

Disney - kids prices stop at age 9. How many of us class our 10yos as adults I wonder????

Queenofcake Fri 08-Jun-12 20:21:13

done

My biggesy gripe is the school holiday price increase. The difference between term time and school holiday costs is huge. I know and apprecaite its supply and demand but do with the gap could be narrowed.

In reality I dont think this will ever change - but if no one ever mentions it everyone will think no one is bothered by it!

balia Fri 08-Jun-12 09:32:37

Done.

Can't wait for my holiday!

Done

DONE

As mum of teens did feel the Q's were biased to those with young kids.

Often find that "family friendly" venues are actually "primary school kids friendly" & finding stuff to suit moody teens that doesn't involve a small screen of some sort is not easy. grin

Also second the shock at the price of passports now. My 2 teens have just expired & mine did last year, so its just as well we can't afford a holiday this year!

If anyone doesn't want the prize break I'll take it off their hands!

flapperghasted Tue 05-Jun-12 08:34:07

I can't imagine the school holidays price increases ever being tackled. It's supply and demand. When people aren't around to take a holiday, they have to give places away...when everyone's looking for something to do, it's obvious that they'll put up the price. Yes, it drives everyone nuts, but it is pure economics at its most evil!

I work in school, so I have no option but to take school holidays. Having six weeks off in the summer is great, but not being able to book that last minute, £200 holiday package to Florida the week after everyone goes back to school sucks.

And yes, I have taken my child out of school, before I worked there, because I didn't want to spend a fortune on holidays with her. She was 4/5/6/7 when we did this and I don't feel it was detrimental in any way.

From 8 upwards she said she didn't want to have holidays in school time any more as she felt like she was missing her friends too much, so we stopped doing it. I wouldn't consider taking time out once she gets to secondary school as I know there's little chance of playing catch up there.

flapperghasted Tue 05-Jun-12 08:23:18

Done

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PestoSandalissimos Sat 02-Jun-12 09:08:28

Done it! grin

rathlin Sat 02-Jun-12 08:43:53

Done

Rabbitee Fri 01-Jun-12 21:53:10

done

Mermaidspam Thu 31-May-12 20:08:25

Done

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