They say never work with children and animals and you would think the rule applied when travelling too. However, it appears our partners are the main cause of stress during our travelling experience.

'This bonnet is comfier than it looks!' - Photocredit: Pixabay

'This bonnet is comfier than it looks!' - Photocredit: Pixabay

As more Brits are opting for a staycation closer to home with many Covid restrictions still in place, travelling with our families in closer proximities widens the scope for increased tension and more disagreements.

Dash Cam brand – Nextbase - and Sheffield Hallam University who carried out the study, revealed partners will argue three times more per long-haul driving journey.

As you would agree, this isn’t the best way to start off your long-awaited summer break. If you’re looking for a relaxing travelling experience, Dr Lambros Lazuras - Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Sheffield Hallam - shares his top tips to make travelling with family and friends stress-free:

'We made it!' - Photocredit: Pixabay
'We made it!' - Photocredit: Pixabay


Develop, ahead of the trip, a car music playlist that everyone enjoys, download it (or make sure you have enough mobile data to use while driving), and let it roll when the trip commences.


Identify activities passengers may engage in during the trip to keep themselves interested and occupied and avoid distracting the driver with requests.


Provide children or other passengers with headphones to connect to their portable devices (e.g., mobile phones, tablets). This will ensure that everyone can watch their favourite film or listen to their favourite music without distracting others. Downloading films and/or music the day before the trip can save everyone from the trouble of using their mobile data or hot-spotting.

Get organised

Plan your short breaks smartly: Check the route of your road trip the day before travelling, identify relevant services you may use (every 2 hours), and plan your breaks to include snacking, drinks, and toilet breaks. 

Safety first

Avoid doing things that put you and others at risk, such as using a mobile phone or other portable devices while driving.

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