Families forced to scrap summer day trips due to money worries
As we all know, we’re living in ‘tough economic times’ and ‘tough decisions’ need to be made all over the place. It looks as though over the school summer holidays, some of those decisions will include not going on day trips with the kids, as they’re too frigging expensive.
Charity Family Action have surveyed 2,214 yummy mummies and 54% of them say that they’ll be cutting back on trips and activities with the younglings over the summer break for financial reasons. As a result, the charity is lashing out at high prices charged by visitor attractions as well as griping about the additional costs of food, travel etc.
Family Action Chief Executive Helen Dent said: "Families are facing summer on a shoestring with parents and children cooped up at home as a result of falling incomes and rising prices.
"We know that children get a boost from days out - including to their educational development. However, this year many parents are so worried that summer day trips will break the bank that they're cutting back."
Have they got a point? Are you a parent who is struggling to take your kids on days out this summer? Or should people just cut their cloth and take packed lunches to places that are free, using sites like Day Out With The Kids to plan their outings?
Maybe we should just all go to the woods and build a den. Never did us any harm.