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POWER OF TRAVEL: 80% of kids are more excited than ever to go on holidays following lockdown 3.0


As the end of lockdown emerges and restrictions being to lift 2021 is likely to see the start of holidays as families are obviously keen to get away after a tumultuous year. Almost three quarters have said that not travelling has had an impact on their family’s wellbeing and 8 in 10 believe their kids have particularly suffered.

There is no question that the pandemic has had an enormous impact on Brits’ mental well-being. Regardless of gender, age or background, we’ve all been hit hard over the past year with our routines and plans altered time and time again – and children are no exception to this. 

New research from family holiday rental experts, Vrbo, has found that two thirds of parents admit their kids have struggled more during the most recent lockdown measures than they did the first. A further, and significant, 95% agree this is due to being stuck at home. 

However, aspirations of travel this year are giving children (and, of course, their parents) something to really look forward to. 4 in 5 agree that their kids are more excited than ever to go on holiday following the latest lockdown, and even more (84%) said they see improvement in their child’s mental health and overall wellbeing when they go on holidays exploring new locations and spending time outside. 

Rather heartwarmingly, after being locked up together, 41% of British kids still most look forward to time spent together as a family when on holiday, whilst 38% are excited to explore new places and 35% can’t wait to cannonball into the pool of their holiday home. 

Travel and holidays really do work wonders for children, and 34% of parents say their kids are more relaxed when away than at home. Almost a third say they are occupied by curiosity and exploration and 28% of kids seem braver in a new environment. 

A third of those surveyed want to spend more of their holidays with family and friends, and have high expectations of their long-awaited and much needed 2021 holidays. Half (47%) can’t wait to relax and de-stress after an incredibly challenging year; 43% are ready to create new memories together and 38% simply want to have as much fun as possible together as they can!

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