Happy memories of family holidays can stay with us all our lives. Don’t just take our word for it, though.
Families who have enjoyed a holiday, short break or group trip show us through their experience that holidays are gift that make a lifetime of difference. Their stories show this impact. We ask families, and the people who support families to go on a holiday, to tells us what it means to them too.
We join in with research (usually in partnership with schools, colleges and universities) that helps us to understand and explain the impact of holidays on families. The more we understand what makes a difference the better we can support families.
Do holidays help families with complex challenges to cope better?
We are working with a PhD research study with Nottingham University, which is due to complete in September 2022. They are investigating how families who are struggling to cope and facing ‘complex, multi-dimensional challenges’ benefit from the shared experience of a family holiday together. The goal is to understand if families facing tough times are better able to cope in the longer term because of their holiday.
The value of breaks for ordinary working families
In 2018 we took part in a study with Nottingham Civic Exchange that discusses how a holiday is an unaffordable luxury, even for many working families, and that missing out is having a negative impact on mental wellbeing.
The study shows how families with a household income of between £12,000 and £34,000 are struggling to meet the costs of a family holiday. Many have to juggle annual leave to cover caring responsibilities and this stops them spending time together.
Parents feel there is a limited time to give their children experiences to make happy memories when they are young. This creates a ‘ticking clock’ for parents who can’t provide holidays for their children with feelings of guilt and shame weighing heavy on parents’ minds.
You can read the report here.
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