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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.


mistlethrush Fri 25-May-12 14:51:56


milk Mon 28-May-12 11:22:28

I think it is done confused After I clicked "done" it took me to this page:

stinkymice Mon 28-May-12 11:26:21

Done. But there wasn't a space to moan about the cost of passports. None of my family have got one so as much as I would like to take them abroad the coat of 5 passports makes me just think twice about going out of this country.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-May-12 11:32:53

milk - yep that's fine! thanks.

good point stinkymice...

Done, but my internet connection went down as I submitted, so hoping it was received.

LtEveDallas Mon 28-May-12 12:14:59


One of my biggest gripes wasn't on there sad

When I was looking this year it seemed like ALL the 'family' holidays I was looking at (things like FC Holiday Villages and Thomson Superfamilies) had ridiculously un-child-friendly flights.

I know that the holiday companies just get told what the flights are - but ohhhh the angst after finding yet another "perfect" holiday for us, only to discover the outbound flight didn't get in until 2 am was soul destroying smile.

A ONE night stay. Oh how great. I must rush off, and go all the way to Derby to sleep ONE night in a luxurious flat, and then pack and be off by 10 am and scoot off to another more reasonably priced B&B for a second night, for this to be worth my time travelling to Derby..... I rather have the Palmers Cocoa butter.....

But I am a spoilt biatch.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-May-12 13:07:33

Gripes welcome on this thread...we will include in report!

GreatGooglyMoogly Mon 28-May-12 22:49:40

Done but please could you add an NA option for question 21 smile.

Boggler Tue 29-May-12 10:25:11

Ive stayed at the Birchover apartments and they are fab! Really luxurious and with the benefit of your own kitchen etc I really hope I win smile

ChippyMinton Tue 29-May-12 10:52:47

Agree about the cost of passports, especially children's having to be renewed every five years. DS1 is only 10 and I'm applying for his third one. Ridiculous.

Just an observation about the survey: nothing in the survey about children going on holiday by themselves - eg school or club or cubs/scouts/brownie/guide trips, or indeed other family members going away by themselves.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 29-May-12 12:07:37

ChippyMinton thanks for the feedback - such a big topic holidays we hardly knew where to begin! We wanted to focus on family holidays for this one...

Ann I did this and it was REALLY long and then the site went down when I sent it as you all went to the pub for lunch I presume you didn't receive it but thought I'd better check before I do it again


zipzap Tue 29-May-12 12:36:53

Did this yesterday, meant to come back on here and add that although it asked questions about whether or not you agreed with taking kids out of school, the options were fairly meaningless given that for most people this is not a simple yes or no question, it has a whole set of shades of grey lurking in-between.

So, whilst I don't think that taking kids out of school is a good idea in general, the age of the kids makes a difference (doing exam work then no, primary education not quite as difficult to make up), as well as the time of year (ds1 -7- missed 10 days at the start of Y1, albeit due to chickenpox and it really ended up screwing up most of that year's schooling as it meant he started off on the back foot) - missing start of term would be out, missing end of term or half term when chances are they will be stuck in front of videos then it's not as bad.

There's more too - depends on when parents can get time off (lots of people don't get to choose their own holidays, be it due to the employers saying you can't have xxx off because we are busy/it's the Olympics/other people have already got that date off/etc or because you're a farmer that has busy times - you can't go away and leave the sheep to lamb themselves or the crops to harvest themselves). Or if illness is involved, distance of the journey, what you'll do on the holiday (time visiting the pyramids or 1st world war battlefields etc different to sitting by a pool), visiting relatives or other people/places that have specific time constraints (a wedding, avoiding monsoon season etc). And I bet that's only just the start of it!!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is one of those instances that having an 'it depends on' option that people could add comments to would actually provide a much more accurate and interesting result...

I filled it out but then the site went down, do you know if it worked?

The link is not working to do it again now either, it just goes back to this page.

Boggler Tue 29-May-12 13:33:38

Just worked fine for me :-)

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 29-May-12 13:39:24

YouveCatToBeKittenMe and MelodyPondering - your form is in - thanks (that's why the link doesn't work for you Youvecat....

zipzap - cheers for the feedback. What we are after is some general info on attitudes to this from the full spectrum of opinions we have on MN. As you mentioned it is a complicated issue with many 'buts'! thanks again

Puppypoppet Wed 30-May-12 10:07:42

Completed it - hopefully received. Agree with the earlier post about flight times. The hardest bit about booking is finding decent flight times for both flights.

BIWItheBold Wed 30-May-12 16:14:19

A huge assumption in there that we all have young children

And some very leading questions ...

BlastOff Wed 30-May-12 16:53:39

I can't seem to download the survey - I just keep getting linked back to this page confused

BlastOff Wed 30-May-12 16:54:40

Opps blush just realised I've already done the survey via an email link. smile

Waswondering Wed 30-May-12 18:04:46


Agree with the poster about flight times. And sometimes you don't have a choice - you book a time and then the airline changes it between booking and departure.

It also didn't ask what type of catering you would like on hol - self, b&b, half board, AI etc ....


thingamajig Wed 30-May-12 21:53:27

Hi, I have never taken a holiday with the children for all sorts of reasons, and I clicked on this because I thought that you might be interested in why not. From reading the responses I gather that this is exactly the sort of thing that this is about, but the survey is not open to people who never go on holiday.
Just sayin'...

LynnCSchreiber Wed 30-May-12 21:58:46


But like Zipzap, I had an issue with the question about taking children out of school.

I would take them out of school for a special occasion (such as next year when my friend is getting married in France) but not to save money. There was not an option for this.

And BIWI is right - most of these things were not really an issue for me now - food at hotels or on trains - as my DC are older.

If Quint doesn't want the night in the apartments, can I have it. Will send her some Cocoa Butter in exchange.

gemma4d Wed 30-May-12 22:16:20

I would like longer "other" boxes. I had a lot to write in them!

Jinsei Wed 30-May-12 22:47:48

Done. smile

twinkletoes12 Thu 31-May-12 08:47:14

done x

jen127 Thu 31-May-12 10:59:19

I also wanted to comment on the availability of single/ split rooms for larger families.
It is difficult to get accomodation for one family of 5 in one room in mainland Europe.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 31-May-12 11:22:55

As I said - please do add your comments on other things on this thread...we will definitely use them in the report - holidays are such a big topic and so personal for so many people that it was impossible to get everything covered in the survey but we will include other comments from the boards in the report - sometimes a quote from a MNer can really sum up what many are thinking in a better way than a stat.

thanks for all the responses so's interesting reading!

bubby64 Thu 31-May-12 12:13:11

Done- as someone else mentioned, some parents like my DHG have no choice in his main holiday time- he has 3 "shutdown" weeks, 2 in August and 1 3rd week of September (2nd week of new term, not ideal!), so we have to pay the over-inflated prices if we go on holiday then. This means we tend to have camping weekends only one year, and a week camping the next- cant afford holidays abroad at peak period!

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


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


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

Done it! grin




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


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.


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!


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


Can't wait for my holiday!

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


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!

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????

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

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


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.

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

All done grin

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.

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


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.

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!

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

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.

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 .

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

done smile

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