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Making the most of time together

Ever felt like there simply aren't enough hours in the day? HouseTrip spoke to 2,000 parents across Britain and found that the pressures of modern life are giving families just 169 minutes of quality time together in a typical working week, on average.

More quality time

As we approach the summer, we're eagerly looking forward to making amends. Nearly two thirds (60%) of parents say the thing they are most looking forward to when they go on their next holiday is spending quality time with their children.

Despite this joy over family holiday time, couples with children miss a bit of passion when they go away, with three quarters (76%) of Brits admitting that "romance takes a back seat when holidaying with kids" and seven in ten (69%) agreeing that they sometimes "miss the freedom they had on holiday before they had their little ones."

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, who partnered with HouseTrip on the research, says: 

"The summer months have traditionally been the time when families reconnect and focus on proper 'us-time'. But many mums and dads – especially the 'globetrotter generation' born in the 70s and 80s onwards, who were the first to see global travel adventures as the norm and who have put off starting a family until their mid-thirties – are now concerned about the implications of taking their little ones on holiday and what that will mean for their relationship."

Making the most of family holidays

To help alleviate these concerns, Dr Linda Papadopoulos has provided a set of hints and tips for parents on how they can get the most out of holidaying as a family.

  • Embrace holidays with a young family: 

Parents may feel that going on holiday with young children is difficult. Try mixing up your holiday options and embracing the freedom that comes with renting a whole holiday home and having the space and privacy to suit your specific needs.

  • Make holidays work for the whole family:

New parents can sometimes miss the freedom they previously had. A good way to get the best of both worlds is to consider the environment you and your family will be holidaying in. Renting an apartment or home that allows you to get away while still inspiring romance can work well for young families.

  • Think new, think different, think about discovering things together:

It's amazing how many people return to previous holiday destinations rather than going somewhere new. However, discovering new things together is one of the best ways to spend genuine quality time together.

  • Bring your holiday into the home:

Try setting aside time each month to break your normal routine and try a holiday-style activity – whether that be going to a local beauty spot or trying out a new restaurant close to home. 

For more holiday inspiration, head to the HouseTrip Blog.


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