5 Jul 2012
Why fear stops parents flying
Not long ago there was a survey about Brits being so fearful on holiday that they barely left their resorts. But when you throw babies into the mix, it seems, parents are deciding it’s just too big a risk to go abroad at all.
Just under half of those with a child aged under 12 months found the idea of taking a baby overseas so stressful that they wouldn’t travel at all, according to the survey of 400 parents from Baby Sensory.
For nearly nine in 10 of those, their biggest concern was the risk of their child falling ill, while others worried about the baby coping with the heat or being disruptive on the plane. And even if there’s family-friendly options available, 86% worried about the safety of children in a hotel’s kids’ club – regardless of what age they were.
I’d never criticise a parent for wanting to ensure their child was safe, and checking qualifications and accreditation in kids’ clubs or weighing up the healthcare facilities at your destination is just common sense.
And if even the thought of heading abroad is so stressful, it’s hardly going to be the enjoyable relaxed experience you want…
But are we all really so scared that we barely dare to leave the UK any more?