Families plan holidays six months ahead on average, study finds

The average UK family starts holiday planning more than six months in advance, a new study shows.

Busy lives and hectic work schedules mean millions of families try and arrange breaks well in advance so they have something to look forward to.

Adults will spend around six hours browsing the web for ideas before asking their children, friends and family for input on where to go on holiday.

The poll of 2,000 people found eight in ten families will go through three key stages when booking a holiday, seeking inspiration on where to go, comparing prices and then making the booking.

But while more than seven in ten Brits families book both their flights and hotels well in advance of their trip, less than a quarter (22%) book activities ahead of their holiday.

Spending time together as a family on holiday is seen as the highest priority, ahead of getting away from work and the daily routine.

Getting a good deal was also vital for more than nine in ten consumers.

Only six per cent of people downloaded new apps to use on holiday, missing out on the opportunity to save money by booking tickets ahead of their trip.

Booking holiday insurance and changing spending money into local currency are also a priority for parents, as is checking the weather.

George Aguel, president and chief executive of Visit Orlando, which carried out the study, said: “Orlando has always been a popular destination for British holidaymakers because we are a destination that offers not just great value but also guarantees lifelong memories will be formed.

“Tools like the Visit Orlando App are extremely useful planning resources for families wanting to make sure they maximise both time and money while including activities that will make the holiday meaningful to them.’’

Top 10 things parents do before going on a family holiday:

1. Looking at images online (52%)
2. Checking average weather at that time of year (50%)
3. Booking holiday insurance (47%)
4. Checking flight times (length) (47%)
5. Buying new clothes/outfits (43%)
6. Checking maps to assess where everything is at the destination (41%)
7. Checking exchange rates (40%)
8. Getting local currency (39%)
9. Checking visa requirements (32%)
10. Sharing ideas with children or asking their opinions (32%)

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