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Over four million mums won’t be having much of a summer holiday this year, according to research from Post Office travel services, with 56 per cent finding that a family break actually means a “working” week of 42 hours.

Over half of all mums will spend six hours a day ”working” – cooking, cleaning and looking after the kids – during a family holiday, leaving them little time to relax and unwind. So it’s no wonder that over one million (13 per cent) either come back more stressed than before or find family holidays more stressful than being at work.

Kevin McAdam, head of travel and leisure at the Post Office, said: “It looks like it’s all work and no play for mums going on holiday this year. But family holidays can send stress levels soaring for both parents, so we advise mums and dads to be prepared. If they arrange their travel essentials like insurance before they go on holiday, it gives them extra peace of mind should anything go wrong while they’re away.”

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