Don't let that put you off travelling though. The key is to cut the stress, not the getaway. Pack in advance and look at booking a budget hotel room for the night before you fly.
Travelodge runs a number of hotels near Gatwick airport which will guarantee to get your family getaway off to a flying start.
The Staycation: Edinburgh
Just because you have opted for a staycation, doesn't have to mean sitting in endless trails of traffic on motorways up and down the UK.
Flights from Gatwick can transport you to your chosen UK destination in less than half the time that it takes to drive there. What's more, catching a flight will definitely add that element of 'holiday' to your break.
Edinburgh is one of the most exciting cities we have on offer. An award winning zoo, medieval castles, and top ghoul-ridden attractions make this the number one spot for this autumn's Halloween half term.
Edinburgh is always bustling, but with the new Disney Pixar film, Brave, set around these parts, you can expect plenty of cinematic themed shenanigans and tons of tourists.
The Beach Retreat: Sharm El Sheikh
While action packed itineraries keep some clans happy, they aren't for everyone; some broods are simply browsing for a laid back beach retreat, and Sharm El Sheikh is just the place.
Many hotels in this resort are of a high all inclusive standard with a minimum of a 12 hour free bar, three full meals a day, snacks, and kids clubs.
With all the basics thrown into your holiday package, all you and the youngsters have to concentrate on is making the most of the soft, golden shorelines and dedicating tons of time to rejuvenation.
If you do choose to venture out from your hotel complex, Shark El Sheikh has a couple of low key waterparks.
When it comes to excursions this holiday hot spot really excels, with many watersports - particularly scuba diving trips. Introduce confident swimmers to the ocean by booking a beginners snorkelling session.
The Ultimate Getaway: Orlando
Undoubtedly the ultimate family destination in the world; Orlando, Florida is at the top of every child's dream holiday wish list.
The magic doesn't start and end with Walt Disney World. Once you've taken in the sights beyond Cinderella's Castle, there are plenty more attractions on hand to uncover.
Universal really hit the big time when it opened the gates of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010. Based on the legendary books by JK Rowling and the film adaptations, this attraction has been so successful that plans to expand the park significantly have been announced.
Other attractions worth adding to your Orlando itinerary, include; the additional Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks, SeaWorld, Wet 'n' Wild, Gatorland and LEGOLAND Florida.
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