QUIZ: Should your next holiday be kid-free?

Unsure of whether to take your kids on your next holiday or opt for a kid-free getaway? Shaun Lamont, managing director of First Group Hotel and Resorts, believes we all need a break now and then, and a kid-free holiday can provide exactly that. “It’s a chance to break free from our stressful lives, relax and rediscover the joy of being a couple,” he says.

“At the same time,” he adds, “the demands of work can sometimes overshadow our opportunities for quality time with our children. In which case, a family holiday may be just what the doctor ordered!”

If you are not sure into which category you fall, Lamont says this fun quiz – designed by First Group Hotel and Resorts – will help steer you toward the right choice.

1. How exhausted are you?

a) A little tired, but it’s manageable.

b) Moderately fatigued.

c) Completely and utterly exhausted.

2. When last did you spend some quality alone-time with your spouse?

a) We make it a point to have date nights whenever possible.

b) It’s been a while, maybe a few months ago.

c) Unfortunately, it’s been a long time, over a year or more.

3. When last did you get a good night’s rest?

a) Last night.

b) I get a good night’s rest every other night.

c) Sleep? What’s that?

4. When last were you able to do something adventurous (like hiking in the mountains or an adrenaline-pumping activity)? 

a) Not really the adventurous type.

b) Undertook a fun activity in the past year.

c) Can’t remember.

5. What type of activities would you (not your family) enjoy?

a) Sightseeing, zoos and aquariums.

b) Fine dining, lazy days and some extreme adventure.

c) A mixture of a and b.

6. How often do you get to spend quality time with your kids outside your daily routine?

a) Seldom, we’re always on the run.

b) Occasionally, but not as much as I would like.

c) Regularly, we are deliberate about spending quality time together.

7. Will your children cope without you for a few days?

a) No, my children are very attached to me and may struggle.

b) Yes, but I may battle more than them.

c) Yes, my children will manage for a few days without me.

8. What’s your gut feeling about a kid-free holiday?

a) I can’t imagine a holiday without them; they’re an integral part of the experience.

b) I’m torn – I want both family time and time out with my partner.

c) I would enjoy a break from them this once to relax and rejuvenate.

Scoring:

– Mostly A’s: It sounds like a family holiday is the way to go! Your priority is spending quality time with your kids and creating lasting memories together.

– Mostly B’s: You seem to be hesitating about the idea of a kid-free holiday – why not explore the possibility of enjoying a simple night away without the children?

– Mostly C’s: You need a kid-free holiday – pronto! Arrange for family or friends to care for the kids and book a getaway. There’s no need to feel guilty, either. It’s an investment in your overall well-being, your relationship and, in the end, your family’s overall happiness.

“Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The decision ultimately depends on your family dynamics, preferences and the type of experience you want from your holiday,” Lamont concludes.

Whether you’re plotting your next family adventure or crafting a romantic escape for two, visit First Group to explore a diverse selection of destinations across the country.

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