Here's one way to get rid of family holiday angst (if you can afford it!)

Kinderling News & Features

Kirstie Allsopp is living her best life. The British television host of real estate show, Location, Location recently admitted that when holidaying as a family, she and husband fly first class, while their children sit behind in economy. 

NB: Kirstie’s two sons are 10 and eight.

Kirstie told The Sun newspaper:

"If I’m going to spend money, it’s on the holiday itself rather than the flights,” Kirstie told The Sun. "When we fly as a family, the boys do fly separately from Ben and me if we’re not in economy together.

"Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do."

“Club Class (business class) should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for… If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling.”


Listen to Kinderling Conversation: The joys of travelling with kids

Do children need the comforts of business class?

Very few adults I know have the luxury of being able to afford to upgrade their air tickets - so how would children benefit?

But for Kirstie and other lucky people who can afford it (like, chef Gordon Ramsay), it certainly seems to take the most painful part of holidaying with kids right out of the equation.

Or, let’s be honest here, one of the pain points.

As my friend Emma once said, “You don’t holiday with children, you go on 'trips'”.

See the distinction?

Holidays imply relaxation time, a notion best associated with memories of your pre-children days where going anywhere simply required the will and the means.

Parents on holiday need to plan

Packing for a family is one thing I struggle to get used to. A chronic over packer, I find it very hard not to spend the lead-up to any kind of trip with my family overthinking what to take.

Hence several bags being lobbed at the front door before we leave and returning with several outfits never worn.

British author Maggie Alderson once suggested on returning from a trip, to write down the items you actually wore and keep the list for next time.

Great advice, right? Even better when actually put in practice!

Kinderling Conversation host Shevonne Hunt struggles with the paradox of holiday behaviour:

“Holidays are like anything with kids. There is pleasure and pain. The pleasure of being somewhere new and exciting and the pain of the constant bickering and stress of managing everyone in the new environment.”

What’s the best and worst bits of travelling with your family? Go, on. Admit it!