More holiday makers going away with extended family and friends to cut costs…but not rows

25th June 2015


A greater number of people are inviting their friends and extended families to join them on their annual holiday in a bid to save cash and get help with childcare, according to a survey by Ocean Finance.

But while sharing holidays can be fun in the sun for some, for others it can turn into a holiday nightmare. The study found that some 41% of those questioned admitted to arguing with friends and family members they are holidaying with.

One of the biggest causes of tension is whether to hit the beach or to go sightseeing, the research showed. This is followed by arguments about how to split the bill, children misbehaving, and tension between in-laws. The combination of wine and sun don’t mix well on holiday either, with alcohol being the fourth-most common reason for rows.

While 60% of people said they had booked a trip with their loved ones to enjoy quality time together, 20% confessed that splitting the cost of the trip and getting a break from childcare are the real reasons behind the invite, particularly for those in the North East and West Midlands.

Not content with just going on holiday to the same place, two-thirds of friends and family opt to share the same apartment or cottage. Only a quarter said they book separate accommodation in the same location.

Gareth Shilton, a spokesman for Ocean Finance, said: “The recession has led to a change in the way we go on holiday with more people cutting their costs by inviting friends and family along. It’s great to enjoy the savings from booking holidays together, just as long as you have your own space so you don’t dread seeing each other over breakfast or risk petty arguments about sightseeing. It’s also a good idea to settle any potential points of tension before you go away. After all, when you work all year, you want to have fun with your loved ones, not awkward situations.”

Top reasons for holiday arguments

  1. Disagreements about planned activities
  2. Children’s bad behaviour
  3. Disagreements about money
  4. Post-alcohol arguments
  5. Childcare arrangements
  6. In-laws

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