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No kidding: parents of infants more likely than those of older children to take overseas holidays

May 19, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

In 2015, more than 2.7 million Australians 14+ (or 13.9% of the population) reported travelling overseas on their last holiday. Just over 19% of those overseas travellers were parents of kids under 16, with parents of infants aged 0-2 years being the most likely to take to the skies, according to the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research.

As anyone who’s flown with, or in close proximity to, infants would know, it can be challenging, to say the least. But 11.6% of parents with kids aged 0-2 years flew overseas on their last trip, a higher proportion than parents of 12-15 year-olds (10.3%), 9-11 year-olds (9.7%), 3-5 year-olds (9.3%) and 6-8 year-olds (8.9%).

Who dares flies: overseas holidays with kids


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January-December 2015 (n=15,367).

So why do parents of infants put themselves through the frequently stressful experience of taking their tots on an overseas flight? Presumably, the special infants’ fares (generally around 10% the price of an adult ticket) offered by many airlines would be a strong incentive, as would the desire to keep their young children with them.

But there’s a bit more to it than that. Comparing Australian-born and overseas-born parents of children under 16, it emerges that not only are the latter group twice as likely as the former to have left the country on their last trip, but when it comes to those with kids aged 0-2, the gap widens even further.

Flying high: Australian-born vs overseas-born parents who went overseas on last trip


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January-December 2015 (n=15,367).

While 5.3% of Australian-born parents of infants went overseas on their last holiday, almost one-quarter (23.5%) of their overseas-born counterparts did. This pattern can also be seen among parents with children of different ages, as the chart above shows.

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