Young people taking fewer holidays

A triple whammy of living pressures, rising tuition fees and high youth unemployment has meant a dip in the number of holidays taken by young people.

Travellers aged 16-24 took an average of one holiday fewer in the 12 months to August 2013, according to a survey by travel organisation Abta.

In contrast, the baby boomer generation increased the number of breaks they took in the same period.

People aged 16-24 took 3.7 holidays in the 12 months ending August 2013 compared with 4.7 in the previous 12 months.

Two-thirds of these young people holidayed with their families in the 12 months ending 2013.

"This suggests that young people may be turning to mum and dad to help them go away in the face of cost of living pressure, rising tuition fees and high youth unemployment," said Abta.

Based on responses from 2,008 consumers, the survey was released as Abta began its annual convention in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The survey showed that the number of holidays taken by Britons fell from 3.5 in the 12 months to August 2012 to 3.1 in the 12 months to August 2013.

The number of overseas holidays taken dipped from 1.4 to 1.2 while those taken in the UK fell from 2.1 to 1.9.

Those aged 35-44 took the least number of holidays - 2.5 on average - in the 12 months to August 2013.

In all age groups, those in Wales and Northern Ireland took the fewest holidays while Scots and people in north-west England took the most.

Londoners took the most foreign holidays per person with 13% taking four or more overseas trips.

This compared with just 2% of people in Yorkshire and only 3% of Midlanders who took four foreign holidays in the 12 months to August 2013.

The baby boomers, those aged 55-64, took 2.7 holidays per person on average in the 12 months to August 2012 and this figure rose to 3.1 in the 12 months to August 2013.

The two groups most likely to have travelled alone were the over-65s and those aged 25 to 34.

Overall, 80% of Britons took a holiday either in the UK or abroad in the 12 months to August 2013 - roughly the same number as in the previous 12 months.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "It's clear Brits are still keen to preserve their main annual holiday.

"The heatwave undoubtedly had an impact on the late-booking market as unlike many poor summers in the UK people chose to enjoy the weather at home, which may go to explain the slight decrease in the number of holidays taken per person."

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