According to a survey conducted by an online travel agency, nearly 25% of all children do not get a chance to go on a family holiday with their parents and siblings abroad, or even inside UK. The main reasons cited for this phenomenon are the breaking down of families and poor economic conditions.
According to a recent poll by a leading online independent travel agency in the UK, as many as 1 in 4 children under the age of 10 have never been on a family holiday abroad or in the UK; suggesting that financial difficulties and family breakdown is spelling the death of the traditional family holiday.
www.sunshine.co.uk carried out the research as part of an ongoing study into the holiday experiences of people around the UK. 1,952 parents living in the UK with one or more child under the age of 10 took part in the poll and answered questions relating to family holidays and breaks their children had been on.
When the parents polled were asked, ‘Has your child (or children) ever been on a family holiday abroad or in the UK?’ – where a ‘family holiday’ was defined as a break with both parents and any siblings present – the researched revealed that 1 in 4 children under the age of 10 had never experienced this kind of trip; as 24% of the parents taking part said ‘no’.
Anyone that admitted their child had never been on a traditional family holiday was asked the reasons why, which revealed the top responses to be as follows:
Family breakdown (e.g. divorce) – 31%
Financial difficulty – 29%
Never got round to booking one – 16%
Too busy with work to take them – 13%
Waiting until child is older – 9%
A third of the parents taking part, 32%, said that they ‘dreaded’ going on holiday with their youngsters. When asked why that was the case, 56% said it was hard to ‘keep them entertained’, whilst 28% confessed they enjoyed ‘time away’ from their children.
The research also revealed that just a fifth of parents, 21%, felt that family holidays were an important part of their child’s life.
Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of sunshine.co.uk, said the following:
“Family holidays mean different things to different people. Some youngsters might get to go away with the grandparents, whilst others might go away with other family members. However, it’s very sad that the traditional family holiday with both parents and any siblings of the youngster present seems to be dying out.
“Every child deserves to have a nice break, either abroad or in the UK, when they are growing up as it enables them to spend quality time with loved ones away from the distractions of things like gadgets and school work!”