Young adults 'taking more holidays'

12 October 2012 09:27

People aged between 25-34 took on average 4.5 holidays in the UK and abroad compared to four holidays a year earlier,figures showed

People aged between 25-34 took on average 4.5 holidays in the UK and abroad compared to four holidays a year earlier,figures showed

Young adults have been taking more holidays this year than they did in 2011, according to new research by Abta. People aged between 25-34 took on average 4.5 holidays in the UK and abroad compared to four holidays a year earlier, while there was a corresponding increase from four breaks to almost five among 15-24 year olds. The trend could prompt an increase in the number of annual travel insurance policies being sold as young people increasingly take multiple trips.

Shorter overseas trips of between one to three or four to six nights are more popular with the 15-34 category than any other age group, the study showed. This trend may be partly down to the popularity of music festivals, with the figures showing 14% of people aged 15-24 took a trip to one in the past year. "The younger generation are clearly determined to make the most of their freedom and opportunities for travel whatever the economic climate," commented Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer.

Interestingly, though, the study suggested younger travellers are generally less willing to take so-called DIY trips, preferring instead to go on pre-arranged holidays. The survey revealed those aged 25-34 were more likely than any other group to book with a high street travel agent, with almost a third of the 25-34 age group opting used a high street travel agent for an overseas holiday in the last 12 months.

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