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When it comes to holidays it is important that we give children this downtime so they can unwind

It’s not just parents who may be breathing a sigh of relief this week as kids go back to school - children have revealed what they hate most about going on holiday with the family – the lack of downtime.

Holiday rentals specialists Owners Direct asked holidaymakers what kids hated doing most whilst on a family trip, ahead of the October half term.

Visiting museums or historical sites comes top, followed closely by going on organised trips. Parents have also admitted that their children hate being forced to have an afternoon nap so they can stay up late, as well as sharing a room with their siblings. Kids also hate the boredom of sitting around at the airport waiting for flights and transfers.

So what do kids like doing the most on holiday? According to Owners Direct parents and holiday home owners, they like nothing better than splashing around in the pool all day or making sandcastles on the beach. The lazy, unplanned days are what children crave for their downtime away from school.

“My children hate being dragged around historical sites on holiday,” admitted one parent, “to be honest if they had a chance they’d be in the pool 24/7 so a good swimming pool on holiday is important to us.”

Children’s Life Coach Naomi Richards says children benefit from free time on holiday that doesn’t have to be an organised activity.

“We seem to organise our children quite a lot during term time - children have busy lives orchestrated by us – school, homework, after school activities etc. This can often not give them enough time to play and just be. When it comes to holidays it is important that we give children this downtime so they can unwind, give their brains a break without us entertaining them,” she says.

“When children are just left to amuse themselves they use their creativity and imagination and that is an important part of childhood,” adds Naomi.

For families who are already suffering the post-holiday blues, Owners Direct suggests that simply, a good swimming pool is a must have for the next self catering holiday.

Notes to Editors:

Owners Direct specialises in advertising privately owned holiday accommodation direct from the owner. We have advertised holiday properties since 1997 and on our web site you will find over 40,000 villas, apartments, chalets, farmhouses and cottages. From Fincas in Spain to traditional Riads in Morocco and beach villas in Koh Samui, Owners Direct offer all types of holiday accommodation in a diverse selection countries throughout the world.

In August 2007 Owners Direct became part of HomeAway Inc. which owns some of the largest rentals websites in the US and Europe. We continue to operate as a separate brand from our offices in London.

Research conducted on Owners Direct Twitter and Facebook pages in August 2012.
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