Perfect family holiday? Seven factors into a stress-free experience for all

Fancy a picture-perfect family holiday? Newfound mathematical formula takes seven factors into account to ensure a stress-free, memorable experience for all

  • Psychologist has devised a precise formula to ensure 'holiday perfection'
  • The ideal family holiday itinerary includes 70% quality time spent together
  • Technology should be kept to a minimum – bring just one smart deviceÃ?Â


Katie Amey for MailOnline

09:13, 9 August 2015

12:10, 9 August 2015




Some people have planning the perfect family getaway down to a science. Literally.

And to ensure the same level of success with your brood, it's worth noting that the ideal family holiday itinerary includes over 70 per cent quality time.

Not only that, but technology should likewise be kept to a minimum with just one smart device being taken along on vacation.

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Perfect family holiday? Seven factors into a stress-free experience for all

To ensure plenty of smiling faces on your next family getaway, take Dr David Holmes' formula into consideration

Online ticket company,, teamed up with psychologist Dr David Holmes to devise a precise formula for exactly what makes the optimal family holiday.

The formula focuses on seven important factors: lifetime experience (LE), quality family interaction (QI), quality activities (Q), accommodation quality (AQ), weather (W), screen freedom (S) and overall cost (C).Ã?Â


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Dr Holmes and worked out the formula after surveying 2,000 British families about their holiday preferences.Ã?Â

As it turns out, the three most important factors when booking a family getaway are cost, the destination itself and the attractions or activities available.

Shockingly, only five per cent of Brits said that the amount of time spent with the family was the most important thing.

Perfect family holiday? Seven factors into a stress-free experience for all

The perfect family holiday is comprised of seven factors, including lifetime experience, quality activities and screen freedom

Perfect family holiday? Seven factors into a stress-free experience for all

Screen freedom measures the extent to which technology is allowed on your holiday – and is scored negatively, to represent the impact that phones and tablets have on a family getaway

Simon Applebaum, Consumer Marketing Director at commented: 'It's saddening that so many families don't consider family time as one of the most important things when going on holiday together.

'We understand families may not want to spend the whole holiday together, but there needs to be a balance between creating amazing memories as a family and solo time.Ã?Â


Lifetime Experience Factor (LE): This factor represents the extent the holiday will fulfil the dream of a lifetime experience that children will want to share with their children when the day comes.

Quality Family Interaction (QI): This factor accounts for how much of the waking day is spent in good family interaction. This must include at least one adult and one child.

Quality Activities (A): This measures how much any available activity will engage your entire family.

Accommodation Quality (AQ): This is the expected standard of accommodation offered by the type of holiday.

Expected Weather (W): This measures the kind of weather you would hope for your family holiday given the destination.

Screen Freedom (S): This factor is a measure of the extent personal technology is likely to dominate your holiday, which could take the form of any combination of: mobile phones; tablets; games consoles, DVD players; laptops. This is a negative factor in the formula and thus it is reverse scored.

Overall Cost (C): This is the price of perfection and is a negatively scored amount above the basic cost per person.

'In working with Dr Holmes, we wanted to provide a mathematical way to help customers plan a holiday of a lifetime that each member will remember and cherish for years to come.'

Of the seven factors, 'screen freedom' which measures to what extent technology is allowed on your holiday, is scored negatively, to represent the negative impact being on phones and tablets has on a family holiday.

Dr David Holmes, a UK-based psychologist added: 'Endless screen-staring at phones and other devices has become a social disease in society, killing real interaction. A perfect holiday interacting between the generations will not be possible if kids are gaming and everyone has to check texts and Facebook updates every minute or so.Ã?Â

'It could be a battle to leave all but an essential emergency phone at home, but one that will reintroduce the whole family to each other in the real world.'Ã?Â

'The demands placed on the family holiday can be exacting, but are they really achievable? So long as you prioritise the most important aspects of a good family holiday, your kind of perfection is within your reach,' he explains.

'If you can score well in the formula, you may very well have the experience of a lifetime. Then as your children get older, and look towards their own families, they will have a good model of a family holiday to pass to following generations.

There is a vital and increasing need for families to spend quality time interacting with each other and not just over breakfast but sharing fun times together. This is where the true family holiday comes in. A chance not only to get to know each other again, but to share experiences that will last a lifetime, perhaps shared again by your children's children.'

Calculate your own holiday perfection scoring (out of a possible 79.75 marks).Ã?Â

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