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Triple whammy grounds young people


By Mark Stillman

Want-away youngsters are being grounded by a triple whammy of living pressures, increasing tuition fees and high youth unemployment, according to a new survey.

Holidaymakers aged 16-24 took an average of one trip fewer in the 12 months to August, said travel organisation Abta's poll of 2,008 travellers.

They are increasingly turning to their parents to help them have a break, the research suggests.

Travellers aged 16-24 enjoyed 3.7 holidays in this period compared with 4.7 in the previous 12 months.

Holidays taken by Britons has dropped overall

Two in three of these youngsters went away with their families, the travel body revealed at its annual convention in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The poll found that the amount of holidays taken by Britons overall dropped from 3.5 in the 12 months to August 2012 to 3.1 in the 12 months to August 2013.

The amount of holidays abroad fell from 1.4 to 1.2 and those taken in the UK dipped from 2.1 to 1.9.

Those aged 35-44 took the fewest amount of breaks - 2.5 on average - in the 12 months to August 2013.

People in north-west took the most holidays

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

Londoners took the most overseas holidays per person with 13 per cent enjoying at least four holidays abroad.

This contrasted with only 2 per cent of people in Yorkshire and just 3 per cent of Midlanders who took four overseas breaks in the 12 months to August 2013.

The baby boomer generation, those aged 55-64, raised the amount of holidays they took in the same timespan.

They typically took 2.7 holidays per person in the 12 months to August 2012. This statistic climbed to 3.1 in the 12 months after that.

The two age groups most likely to have holidayed solo were the over-65s and those aged 25 to 34.

'Cost of living pressure'

Overall, four in five Britons enjoyed a holiday either in the UK or abroad in the 12 months to August 2013.

This proportion stayed roughly unchanged from the amount in the previous 12 months.

Abta said: "This (the survey's findings) 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."

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."

This year the UK experienced its warmest, driest and sunniest summer since 2006, according to the Met. Office.

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