Children – the reason parents don’t travel

Travelling with their children is the reason many mums and dads don’t venture abroad for holidays


Parents are shunning sunshine holidays because they are put of by having to travel with their children.  Almost one in five (19%) of mums and dads dread taking their children abroad, new research by Fly Research for Heathrow has revealed.


Stress and worry were the main reasons that 17% of families had never taken a foreign holiday.

A third of parents agreed their children find it difficult to sit still for longer than half an hour; with over half agreeing that on previous trips their children acted up less than an hour into the journey.

The biggest travel concern (48%) of mums and dads was worrying their child would be ill on a flight. This was followed closely with 46% stressing their son or daughter would disrupt other passengers and 42% worrying that their child could get lost in the airport.

Over a third of parents were also embarrassed that their parenting skills had been called into question when their child misbehaved on previous trips.

If you’re worried about taking your baby, toddler or child abroad, check out our family travel tips.


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