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You are here: Home > Southern > Discover the Secret to a Hassle-free UK Holiday

Discover the Secret to a Hassle-free UK Holiday

Date: 01 Oct 2011

Ever wondered if there could be a recipe for success when it comes to family trips? Well now there is, thanks to Southern Railway’s symbolic formula for the ultimate family day out.

At this time of year and in the current economic climate, UK daytrips are an increasingly popular choice. A recent survey found that 63% of us would rather go on a couple of great day trips than go abroad. There is minimal planning involved, no hassle with booking accommodation, and the opportunity to explore new places in the UK and educate the kids.

And with 34% off Advance rail fares during the October Half Term with Southern Railway, there’s no better time to book your travel online at and arrange the perfect day out to spend some quality family time together.

Devised by renowned psychologist Cliff Arnall, the method to decipher the ‘Perfect Family Day Out’ takes into account the various elements which make up a potential daytrip, and presents them in a formula to discover the best possible factors for a family fun outing. In its essence, the ideal family day out needs all the ingredients in the formula below.

(N x Te) + S + F


       AC x A

N - Meets the needs of all family members present on the trip
Te - Travel experience
S - Sense of adventure
F - Fun
AC - Adult child ratio
A - Affordability

If all the requirements above are met the day should be a good outing; naturally, the higher the level of each component, the more perfect the family day out!

Cliff Arnall, who specialises in confidence and happiness, says: “Daytrips are an integral part of the British psyche; many British adults report very fond memories of UK days out with their families. Today we are often led to believe that the best holidays are expensive ones. However, this formula – which can act as a checklist of sorts – demonstrates it is possible to identify the components for a perfect family bonding experience, in the short space of a day. It’s like a holiday without the hassle.”

If parents are stuck for ideas on what to do to keep the kids occupied, Southern Railway has set up a special Half Term Hotline to provide all travel answers, tips and ideas in London and the South East of England. Through a partnership with the South East Tourist Board, the Hotline will be available between 24th-28th October, 9.30am-5.30pm. For some Half Term holiday help to ensure you have the perfect family day out, call 020 7861 2561.

The key to a successful UK daytrip is the travel experience. The journey is therefore crucial, be it avoiding traffic, family arguments or the stress of getting there. Between now and October 31st, an Adult & Child can travel together from as little as £4.30 one way on a Southern train when booking an Advance ticket on – that’s an unbeatable 34% saving on Southern Advance tickets! Destinations include London, Brighton, Eastbourne, Chichester, Portsmouth & Southampton.

Unlike other train ticket web sites, Southern doesn’t charge any booking or credit card fees with their ‘It’s Only Fare’ policy. For more information on Southern’s great online offers and discounts, plus all terms and conditions, visit their Offers page.