Children are going on more foreign holidays than ever before, survey finds

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4th January 2017 11:14 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Children are going on more foreign holidays than ever before, survey finds: According to the recent tourism survey findings from Heathrow Airport, children today are travelling abroad and visiting more countries than any previous generations.Children are going on the most foreign holidays than ever before, survey finds

The survey revealed that in 2016, more than 19 per cent of children went on holiday seven or more times and a further 20 per cent went on more than 10 breaks, which include school trips, family holidays and holidays with friends.

When the children in the survey were asked where they would like to visit in 2017, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of the children said that Australia would be their dream holiday destination. On the other hand, the parents in the survey said that they would like to visit Mallorca (17%), Tenerife (17%) and Blackpool (16%).

Beating Australia to the top holiday destination for children, 31 per cent of the children in the survey said that they would like to visit New York in 2017. This has been attributed to the rising popularity of American television programmes.

New York and Australia were followed by Hawaii (13%), Mount Everest (11%) and Thailand (10%).

According to the findings, the holiday fun begins before they reach their holiday destination for children, with 21 per cent of children saying that their favourite part of the holiday is going through the airport and being on a plane.

When the parents were asked to reflect on what was their favourite childhood holiday activity, 46 per cent said swimming and 23 per cent said camping. On the other hand, the children in the survey said that their favourite holiday activities were scuba diving (18%), safaris (14%) and jet skiing (12%). 

As holidays are becoming more and more filled with activities, parents are now spending an average of £2,333 on a family holiday, which is equivalent to £616.47 per child. Over the course of a childhood, this equates to a total of £29,962 spent on holidays.

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