Jul 17 2012 By Ben Spencer
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SPAIN is the top destination for Glaswegian parents wanting to take their kids on a stress free holiday, a survey has found.
A quarter of city families said that the familiarity of Spain made it the stress free destination of choice when their offspring are in tow, in a survey commissioned by Jet2holidays.
Spain is also within a child-friendly distance for families, as some 27 per cent said that a three-hour flight was the longest they could contain their kids’ excitement for.
Some 44 per cent of Glaswegians said they focused on finding a balance between the kids taking part in activities and the family spending quality time together.
Around a fifth of families also said they were determined to go on cultural holidays with their young ones with a further fifth saying they preferred to give their family the five star treatment with luxury breaks.
Despite the difficult economic climate, just 14 per cent of Glasgow families surveyed said that value for money was at the top of the list when choosing their favoured family break.
Pat Spungin, family psychologist, said family holidays helped develop longlasting memories.
She said: “The parents that were surveyed revealed the highlights of taking their kids abroad on holiday. Whether it’s seeing their children revelling in new found freedom or reconnecting with them through fun, holidays allow families to create memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.
“There is nothing more bond building and strengthening than shared experiences.”
The report also found that 30 per cent of families found that youngsters up to five years old gave them the biggest headaches on holiday.
A fifth of families branded tweens - six to 12-year-olds - as the most stressful.
Steve Heapy, Managing Director of Jet2holidays and Chief Commercial Officer of Jet2.com, added: “Clearly holidaying abroad is met with some trepidation from parents. Jet2holidays is dedicated to delivering the ultimate holiday experience for families.
"We really want the whole family to enjoy the benefits of a foreign holiday and our tips for tot
and tween travel help make sure pitfalls such as, tantrums at the airport and refusal to try foreign food, are avoided.”