WITH the school holidays in full swing, families across Devon will be off on their travels – but it doesn't have to mean the beginning of traffic jams, squabbling kids and endless toilet breaks.
Research from leading train company CrossCountry reveals that some parents are opting for train services when travelling with children – with 43 per cent of parents agreeing that they are able to have more stimulating conversations with their children on a train than if they were travelling by car.
Two fifths (40 per cent) of parents say their children get a better understanding of geography by travelling on train and 34 per cent say their children benefit from spending more quality time with their family. More than half (57 per cent) say their children enjoy looking out of the window at the scenery and talking about the sights they pass.
To make family travel by train even more appealing and a little easier this summer, CrossCounty have teamed up with Mumsnet to find out what parents like about travelling by train. Below is a selection of top tips for families, as recommended by the Mumsnet users:
Pack a back-pack full of tricks (think cheap, disposable toys)
Book in advance to make sure you get a seat reservation
Check to see if you could save even more by buying a Family & Friends Railcard
When travelling with a toddler try to tire them out first
Sit back, relax and enjoy and enjoy the view!
The research also found that more than half (51 per cent) of Brits like to travel by train because it's often quicker than driving, 64 per cent say they benefit from missing out on traffic jams and 56 per cent simply enjoy the opportunity to sit back and relax.
For further information on CrossCountry services visit crosscountrytrains.co.uk or follow them online via Twitter at @crosscountryuk, Facebook.com/crosscountrytrains and their student Facebook page, Facebook.com/studentraildeals.
CrossCountry run to 118 stations and have lots of special travel offers to help make family travel even easier this summer at www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/ tickets-timetables/summer-travel