News More young adults taking flights abroad with their parents

All articles

More young adults taking flights abroad with their parents

More young adults taking flights abroad with their parents

More young adults are taking holidays abroad with their parents, a trend that is only partially explained by the prevailing economic conditions.

According to research by Mintel, there has been a dramatic fall in the number of 16 to 25-year-olds taking independent holidays from the rest of their family.

In 2008, more than one third (36 percent) of this demographic aimed to escape from their parents abroad, a figure that today stands at just 23 percent.

However, the market research firm found that the number of young adults unable to afford independent travel has actually fallen – from 24 percent in 2008 to 18 percent this year.

Tom Rees, senior travel analyst at Mintel, said: "Young travellers are becoming less negative towards the idea of family holidays.

"While the recession may have played its part in encouraging Britain’s young adults to get a paid for break with their family, these figures highlight the fact that it’s not about cost for those choosing to do so."

In the three months to April 2010, 13.2 million UK residents to a trip abroad.

Overall, that represented a two percent decline on the previous three month period, according to the latest seasonally-adjusted International Passenger Survey released by the Office for National Statistics.

Map