My Family

My Family

Friday, 17 August 2012

Why do holiday prices double during the summer holidays?

Why do holiday prices double during the summer holidays? 
It's really NOT fair!

Every year the prices just go up and up and up! Every year I try and put a little more away so that my kids don't have to miss out on a very important part of growing up and family bonding. All I want is a caravan somewhere in the UK, not too far from home where there's a nice beach for my kids to play and build sand castles, is that too much to ask for?

Last year this dream cost me around £500 for a week but when I looked this year the same place, same holiday and same week is now over £600. It's just now out of my league.

I get so ANGRY when I look through holiday prices, If you look at the price of the week before or the week after the School Summer Holidays you can just see the dramatic drop in prices which is so unfair! We're not legally allowed to take our children out of school yet now we can't afford to take them in the public holidays. I really don't understand why they have to do it. I guess they take on a few more staff but surely that doesn't mean they have to double or even triple the prices like I've seen in some cases. It puts us Mums in such a hard position because I don't want my kids to miss out on all the fun and joy of a summer holiday but then I don't want to get myself into debt to take them on one. I feel like SCREAMING! 

I remember my childhood holidays, every summer my mum and dad would take us to the seaside and we'd stay in a caravan for a week. We didn't need fancy hotels or costly amusement parks. All we needed was a beach, some sand and a bit of fun time together.

We will take a few day trips out at least so that my kids can still see the sea this year. I know they will be happy with whatever we but It's just the whole "Money Making" madness that is getting to me! It's unfair that these Holiday Parks and Holiday Companies can charge double for the same holiday just because they know theses are the set weeks that we need to book our holidays in.

I'm sorry for the rant but I just had to get it all out before my head exploded and went POP. I bet most of you Mums feel the same too, It may be way out of our control BUT that doesn't mean we have to like it! Have you managed to book a "reasonable" priced holiday this year or did you pay the extra and give in to these unreasonable rises??


  1. I absolutely agree hun! It's only the last two years that we've had a holiday - and that's thanks to The Sun £9.50 holidays.

    Last year we had 4 nights in Trecco Bay, Porthcawl. There were 14 of us, two caravans and it cost a grand total of about £150. The only extra we had to pay were for the entertainment passes, which were £6.95. We did have the best caravans and were only a 5 minute walk from the hall and swimming pool.

    This year, thanks to a priority booking number (because I booked with them last year) we have Pontins in Brean Sands. £38 for me and the three kiddies - that includes entertainment passes and it's for the October half term week (4 nights). We are happy with that, and I would recommend it to anyone!

    On the subject of taking the kids out of school to go on hols, I have before and would again. Like many parents I speak to who agree, I would rather risk paying the fine for taking them out (it's £50 here I think) than pay £100s more for the holidays. We are lucky though, and my girls schools allowed 10 days for personal holidays.

    And of course the teachers are in the same boat only be allowed to take their holidays when the kids are off :(

    1. Wow, we went to Trecco Bay last year :) we've been there for the past 3 years in a row but just couldn't afford it this year.

      I've never tries collecting The Sun tokens but I'm thinking next year I deffo should!

      I think the fine here is £50 too which I must admit does sound like the easiest option. My children don't have much time off school normally and are always up to date with their work so I don't see why it would be such a big problem.

      This year It's too late for us but next year I am going to be more wise and plan ahead. The Sun does sound like my best option, I must remember to look out for it next year.

      I just get so mad that they can charge what they like just because they think we will have to pay it. Well this mummy isn't going to pay it any more ;) x Thanks Clare, your tips have been very helpful xxx

  2. Yes it's very much a gripe of mine being a Nursery teacher in school - I can't even do the option of taking them out of school as I have to work then too! it really is wrong :(