This week schools up and down the country break up for the long awaited summer holidays. As a mum of three myself, I am so looking forward to spending extra time with my children, having fun and making memories. Obviously, the six week's holidays are long and children do get bored, so as a family we normally plan a few exciting days out. Last year we visited York several times by train which we found much more convenient and relaxing than travelling by car.
Travelling by train is exciting for children and is more relaxing for us adults too, there is no need to worry about getting lost or finding a parking space. When travelling with young children, like we do I also find it much more convenient to travel via train as they have toilets on board and refreshment trolleys - so no more constant service station stops.
It seem's that I am not alone in thinking like this as recent research carried out by Virgin trains reveals that other parents feel this way too.
This week 3.4 million cars are set to hit the roads, heading on summer adventures. Meaning us Brits are bracing ourselves for a summer of Carmaggedon (get it?). Common 'carguments' families face are over who sits where, what music to listen to, children kicking seats and having the windows open. Sound familiar? It sure sounds familiar for my family.
A nationwide study by Virgin trains of over 2,000 parents found that a quarter of parents believe their family argues in the car more then anywhere else, with a third of parents abandoning family trips due to arguments. A huge 62% of those surveryed believe that arguments would have been avoidied if they had of travelled by train instead.
As a parent this is something that I totally agree with myself as there is nothing worse than an in-car argument (cargument), especially with young children involved. Travelling by train means you can easily combat boredom as you can entertain your child more easily, you can quickly and easily take them to the toilet - always a bonus when you have two pre-schoolers. The thing I like the most about travelling by train is that my children totally adore it and get so excited, which always makes travelling more fun and gets the day off to the right start.
Patrick McCall, Co-chairman of Virgin trains sums it up perfectly saying "Our on board Wi-Fi, refreshments on tap, movies, magazines and more (with our Beam app) and of course toilets are the perfect solution to those avoidable car arguments. Getting trips off to the best start and giving families more quality time together from the moment they leave the house."
This is a statement I certainly agree with myself. The good news is that Virgin trains are helping families tackle those summer 'carguments' and get their trip off to a more enjoyable start by launching some great summer promotions. For example, us Geordie families can save up to 50% off family travel on selected East Coast routes between August the 7th to September the 10th 2017 (on journeys booked between July 31 and September 2nd.)
They also have a super flexible anytime family return ticket offer on the West Coast route. To find out more about these brilliant offers and to book tickets for your next family adventure visit www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/family-promo and enter the promo code FM50 to book or visit www.virgintrains.com to find out more.
After finding out about these great value offers I will certainly be booking another train adventure to York for us this summer as it is only an hour from Newcastle. My children adore train journeys, we don't have to worry about getting lost, parking or any dreaded 'carguments' between my children either. Summer holidays are made for family adventures, making memories and I can not wait to make more memories this summer without the stress of long car journeys.
Are you off on any train journeys this summer? If so let me know where you recommend visiting as I am always looking for new ideas.
This is a collaborative post with Virgin Trains.