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November 8, 2019 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Concerning new data from a leading travel insurer reveals that 4 in 10 Aussie parents have experienced a negative incident while on holidays with their children. These incidents have ranged from children being sick and injured, to getting lost or losing their belongings.

The findings come from a survey of an independent, nationally representative panel of 1133 Australian parents who travel,[1] commissioned by one of Australia’s leading online travel insurance specialists InsureandGo (

Forty-two (42) percent of parents admitted that a negative incident had happened to their kids while they were on holidays, with getting sick being the most common incident (among 34 per cent of parents).

An equal 10 per cent admitted that their kids were either injured, or had their belongings lost or misplaced. Six (6) per cent said their kids got lost, while just two per cent said their kids’ belongings were stolen.

Jonathan Etkind, spokesperson at InsureandGo, says: “Travelling with kids is an opportunity to make memories you will cherish for life but the costs of taking the whole family on holiday means more things to consider to a ensure safe, enjoyable trip. For instance, travelling can often disrupt kids’ sleeping patterns and their diets, and present kids with moments of boredom and exhaustion. As kids are natural ‘explorers’, parents also tend to worry about their children being injured or lost.

“While taking necessary precautions will reduce the likelihood of negative incidents from occurring, there is no guarantee they will eliminate potential incidents. We therefore recommend that parents take out travel cover for the whole family when going on holidays. At InsureandGo, we understand that travelling with children raises the cost of holidays, so if you’re planning to holiday with under-18 kids or grandkids, we will cover them under your travel policy, at no extra charge. There is also no limit to the number of children that can accompany you on our family travel insurance policies, as long as they are your own children or grandchildren and they have the same travel itinerary as yours.”

Thinking about a time that you have gone away on holidays with your dependent kids, has any of the below ever happened to them? Percentage of respondents (%)
They got sick 34%
They got injured 10%
Their belongings were lost or misplaced 10%
They got lost 6%
Their belongings were stolen 2%
None of the above occurred when I holidayed with my kids 58%

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