Nearly 25% of UK families forgo holidays due to money worries


The Easter holidays are just around the corner and while many of us dream of sunshine, it seems the gloomy economic climate is stopping nearly a quarter of UK families from setting off on that well-deserved break.

As money worries bite, 22% of us admit to forgoing a family holiday so we can pay for everyday necessities.

According to the recent research by Kleeneze, over half of families had missed out on holidays, saying it had been difficult and caused disappointment and 10% even commented that it had led to a family row.

So where in the UK are we most likely to forgo a holiday? It seems that Northern Ireland, the North West and East Midlands all top the list.


Percentage forgoing family holiday

Northern Ireland


North West


East Midlands


South East


North East


West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber


East Anglia




South West


London 18%
Scotland 17%
UK average 22%

But being the savvy savers we are, 34% of us have found a solution to allow us to put on those sunnies and head to the beach for a few days.

A popular choice to raise holiday funds was to cut back on non-essential spending in order to be able to afford a trip – while six out of 10 people (59%) have taken steps to raise their income, in some cases working extra hours or taking on a part-time job.

For those looking to get away for less, we’ve rounded up some cheap UK break options, as well as cheap holiday park deals. For discounts on everything from theme park to zoo tickets, get yourself over to our Travel section.

Have you had to forgo the family holiday? Or have you managed to make ends meet? Let us know your thoughts and tips in the comments below.