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The average cost of the annual school trip is now £634

09 July 2015

More than half of UK Families are struggling to afford to send their children on school holidays

As the schools break-up for the summer, many children will be jetting off for an extra week with school pals and teachers as they join the annual school trip. However, many will be left out due to the increasing costs of organised school holidays.

New research, commissioned by Gocompare.com, has revealed that the average cost of a week-long school summer or skiing holiday for UK children is now £634.70 and it is putting a considerable strain on many families’ finances.

The study found that 29% of parents whose children had the opportunity to go on a week’s school trip struggled to get the money together, whilst 18% just couldn’t afford to let their children go. 11% gave up their family holiday to pay for their children to go on the school trip instead.

  • Average cost of week-long school trip is now £634.70
  • 32% of parents found the cost of sending their child on the school trip was over £750.00
  • 29% of parents struggled to get the money together
  • 18% couldn’t afford to let their child go
  • 11% gave up their family holiday to send their child on the school trip

Caroline Lloyd, spokesperson for Gocompare.com Travel Insurance, said: “Organised school holidays are often the first time children have spent more than a day or so apart from their parents and they’re an important opportunity for children to gain some independence. However, our study has shown that the cost of these trips is now becoming prohibitively expensive for some families with nearly half not being able to afford them or struggling to find the money.”

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Notes to editors

*On 17 March 2015, Bilendi conducted an online survey among 1,820 randomly selected British adults who are Maximiles UK panelists and have holidayed abroad.  The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and regional data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of United Kingdom. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.