New study reveals UK family holiday trends

The average British family Discount Holidays © holiday involves a three-hour journey, four tantrums and two days of rain, new research reveals. New Study Reveals UK Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Trends The study, which compiled the experiences of 2,000 families also found that children ask Are we there yet? five times and parents enjoy only two lie-ins, but do get at least 16 hours as a family on the beach.

The average British Discount Holidays © holiday also sees 81 photos snapped and three Facebook statuses posted over the Discount Holidays © holiday period. The holiday-by-numbers research, commissioned by self-catering agency, Beach Retreats, found taking a phone to the beach is more important than a towel for four in 10 people while one in four parents will obsess over the perfect beach selfie. The study also showed that eight ice creams are eaten per person, although two will be dropped.

Families will also have to contend with three occasions of seagulls swooping in, five sandcastles are built and three inflatables are blown up by puffed-out parents. Parents will normally get less than two and a half hours to themselves most days but will manage three quiet drinks over the holiday. Andrew Easton, business manager for Beach Retreats said: Around half of British families will be taking a staycation in 2016 and the appeal of the British beach Discount Holidays © holiday stronger than ever.

Documenting your beach Discount Holidays © holiday with photos, social uploads and selfies is now a typical part of a beach holiday, but it s great to see that outdoor activities, discovering the beach, are still so important to families. Traditional British beach behaviours are still as popular as ever, with building sandcastles (69%), digging holes in the sand (61%) and exploring rock pools (58%) listed as the most popular things to do beside the seaside. THE TYPICAL BRITISH FAMILY BEACH Discount Holidays © HOLIDAY INVOLVES

115 miles travelled to destination

3 hours driving to destination

5 Kids ask Are we nearly there yet?

8 ice creams eaten

4 beach trips

5 sandcastles built

4 picnics

8 sandwiches

4 tantrums

6 late nights

2 cream teas

4 car games

3 accidents/scraped knees

10 times applying sun cream

2 bits of sunburn

2 lie-ins for parents

2 drinks spilt

3 films watched

3 board games played

3 inflatables blown up

3 fending off seagulls

2 dropped ice creams

2 family bike rides

2 tags to locations on Facebook

3 holiday-related Facebook statuses

81 photos taken

3 quiet drinks for the parents

3 takeaways

2 rainy days inside

2 visits to local attractions TOP TEN BEACH ESSENTIALS Bucket and spade 48%

Wet wipes 44% Windbreaks 25% Multiple changes of clothes 21%

Newspaper 17% Umbrella 16% Crabbing net 12%

Tablet 9%

Full waterproofs 7%

Tents 7%

There’s something not quite right about the USA’s Olympic track bike

Felt dares to do something that not even British Cycling has done

There’s Something Not Quite Right About The USA’s Olympic Track Bike

This is the Felt TA FRD track bike that the USA will be using at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games1, and at first glance it looks like any other track bike. But wait, something s not quite right here. Yes, Felt s engineers have done something that not even the secret squirrel club at British Cycling2 have dared to do and moved the drivetrain to the left side of the bike.

>>> Rio 2016 Olympics Games: Who will be riding for Team GB?3

The reason for this, according to Felt, is that bikes are faster when the airflow is coming from the drivetrain side, so as the air will always be coming from the left when riding anti-clockwise around a velodrome, it switch the drivetrain to that side.

And as an added bonus, Felt also says that this change improves handling as the bike s weight and centre of gravity is moved to the inside when riding around the banking.

Watch: how much faster is an aero bike?

Another change is that the Felt TA FRD track bike now features asymmetric tube shapes, which basically means that the aerofoil tubes have been reshaped to be at their best with airflow coming from the left-hand side of the bike, while the ability to design the new bike from the ground up and to work closely with HED to design the wheels, has enable Felt to narrow the front and rear dropouts.

>>> Icons of cycling: UK Sports Institute track bike4

The radical bike will be used by USA s women s team pursuit squad who finished second behind Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics, while the men s squad failed to qualify for Rio.


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State Department Issues European Travel Alert

March 23, 2016 11:19 AM

State Department Issues European Travel Alert

Passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) The State Department has issued a travel alert1 for Americans planning to visit Europe in wake of the terrorist attacks2 that killed at least 34 people Tuesday in Brussels. The travel alert expires June 20.

Read: Security Increased In Boston In Wake Of Brussels Attacks3

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation, the State Department said in its alert. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

American travelers are asked to follow instructions from local authorities, monitor media reports, and register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)4 before traveling.

Related: Quinnipiac Students From Mass. Run To Safety After Brussels Airport Blasts5

In addition, the State Department said travelers should expect additional security. U.S. citizens are encouraged to stay in touch with family members during trips and make sure they have updated contact information. More information on the travel alert is available on the State Department s website6.


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