School’s out – 1 in 2 Brits abroad willing to take their kids away in term time

School’s out – 1 in 2 Brits abroad willing to take their kids away in term time - Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

50% of UK holidaymakers are happy to take their children out of school during term time, a new survey has revealed.

The 1,500-people survey, released today by UK package travel retailer Holiday Hypermarket, highlighted the familiar clichés of Brits abroad, but it also showed that a growing number of UK holidaymakers – 49% of those surveyed – are willing to remove their children from school during term time, whether that is to save money or simply for convenience.

The full list of characteristics most associated with a Brit abroad can be seen below:

Terrible sunburn
Drinking before 12pm
Not learning the language
Searching for hours for English food
Having a fry-up abroad
Packing tea bags
Socks and sandals
Reserving sun loungers with towels
Talking about the weather at home
Constantly checking the weather
Novelty towels
Buying items from beach sellers
Not sure / other characteristic

Holiday Hypermarket representative Craig Duncan comments, “It’s interesting to see what people associate with the term ‘Brits abroad’, especially as this survey was carried out in the UK. I wonder how this would compare with what our European neighbours think?”

The survey explores a wide range of opinions relating to package holidays abroad and revealed a number of intriguing and, sometimes comical, insights.

In addition to those happy to pay to book a sunbed, one in four of those surveyed are also prepared to get up early to reserve their prime sunbed spot by the pool. And the pool is where we are happiest, with 38% of us preferring to hang out there, in comparison with 32% who prefer the beach (30% are unsure).

Overall, beach package holidays still rule the roost with 62% of us opting for this getaway type over others. As far as families are concerned, there are a number of debates that continue to cause a stir across social media and beyond.

49% of people think it’s OK for parents to take their kids out of school for holidays, with 26% against the idea and 25% on the fence.

And when we’re on holiday, 65% of people think it’s unacceptable for kids to use mobiles or tablets at the dinner table. This has risen from 56% in 2015. So are we dialling down our tech more than ever, in favour of connecting with our families when on holiday?

While this may be true, interestingly, over 40% of parents part company with their children while on holiday, using the very accommodating kids’ clubs. Another topic for debate.

Duncan continues, “There are many debates surrounding holidays but one thing’s for sure; singles, couples and families all need downtime and are willing to spend more for a better experience. At the same time, if there are savings to be made, people will take holidays at times that are more convenient, which is understandable given the wider financial pressures of life.”

The perception of Brits abroad continues to be a comical one of sunburn, fry-ups and morning drinking, but there are more serious issues, too, and the debate on whether children should be allowed to go on holiday with their parents during term time is one that continues to divide opinion.