Our latest survey has revealed that the age that British children first go on an overseas holiday has fallen by 10 years when compared to the age that their parents first went on holiday abroad.
We decided to carry out the poll as part of research into the ever-changing holiday habits of Britons. 1,811 people were polled in the study, each of whom had previously taken their children abroad on holiday at some point.
When asked, ‘How old were you when you first when on a holiday abroad?’ the average age stated by parents was ‘13 years old’.
The parents were asked to name the destination they were first taken to on holiday abroad for the first time, to which the most common answer was ‘Spain’ with 54% of those polled claiming that this was the place they had visited first.
The respondents were asked similar questions, but this time relating to their children and their holiday experiences. When asked, ‘How old was your first child when you took them on holiday abroad for the first time?’ the average age stated by parents was ‘3 years old’, meaning that the average age has fallen by 10 years between generations.
Parents were asked where in the world they had taken their child on their first holiday and the most common destination was also ‘Spain’, something which 62% of the parents stated.
When asked why they believed children were being taken aboard on holiday at a younger age in this day and age, a third, 32%, said that they thought it was due to ‘better deals’ being available from travel agents now.
Whilst it may have been obvious that the first age for a holiday abroad has dropped, 10 years is a very significant difference. Holidays have become a more vital part of people’s lives and, with late deals and savings available all year round, there are affordable holidays available for everyone.
It’s great to give your children an unforgettable holiday experience from a young age and there are always great deals available for families, so just because you have children, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out!