Cash-strapped youngsters forced to take fewer holidays

The lasting impact of the recession has forced youngsters into taking fewer holidays over the past 12 months, according to new research.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) surveyed 2,008 Brits to find that those aged between 16-24 took an average of one less trip in the year to August 2013 compared to the 12 months beforehand.

Survey results cited by show this group taking an average of 3.7 holidays in the year up to August 2013 – a decline on the 4.7 taken in the previous 12 months.

Unemployment and rising tuition fees are said to be crippling their finances to the extent that luxuries like foreign holidays may be out of reach. This is far from the case among 'baby boomers', or those aged between 55 – 64, who actually increased their number of holidays from 2.7 in the year up to August 2012 to 3.1 this year.

Talking to, ABTA said its research indicates that youngsters are asking their parents to help them fund the few holidays they can afford.

Without this resource to hand, those aged between 35 – 44 took just 2.5 holidays over the last year – the lowest across all age groups.

People in Wales and Northern Ireland were the least travelled across Britain, while Scots and those in the north west of England enjoyed the most trips.