New research by an online travel agency in the UK has revealed that one fifth of new parents take their baby on holiday within the first year of birth; with mainland Spain the top destination pick, followed by Majorca in the Balearic Islands. The average total spend on a baby’s first holiday abroad was revealed to be £2,950 and 54% of parents take the baby’s grandparents along on the holiday.

The average age of first holidays overseas could be falling drastically, according to the results of the recent poll which has revealed just how many new parents brave taking their baby on holiday abroad within the first year of his/hear life. The study also revealed that the majority of parents who do so also found the experience to be ‘easier than expected’.

The team behind www.sunshine.co.uk conducted the poll as part of an ongoing study into the holiday habits of parents; particularly those with very young child. 2,199 UK adults took part in the poll, each of whom had become a parent for the first time within the last five years. The respondents were asked questions about any holidays they may have taken since the birth of their first child and what their experiences had been like.

When all respondents were asked, ‘How soon after the birth of your first child did you take your baby on holiday abroad?’, the majority (53%) said that they hadn’t done so yet. However, 21% said that they had taken their newborn abroad for a holiday within a year of his/her birth. 16% had taken their baby on holiday between the ages of 1 and 3 and the remaining 10% waited until the ages of 4-5 to do so.

54% of the parents who had taken their baby on holiday abroad within a year of the birth said that at least one of the child’s grandparents had also gone on the holiday with them. 26% said that friends were present on their baby’s first holiday abroad and only 20% said it was just them (the parents) and baby present.

Anyone taking part who had taken their baby on holiday abroad when they were aged 1 or under was asked how much the trip had cost them, in total, revealing an average answer of £2,950. Next, sunshine.co.uk wanted to find out more about the most common destinations for baby’s first holiday, so the same group of people were asked where they had been. The top five most popular destinations overseas for a baby’s first holiday abroad were revealed to be:

  1. Mainland Spain – 16%
  2. Majorca – 12%
  3. South of France – 10%
  4. Tenerife – 8%
  5. Portugal – 6%

89% of those parents who said that they had taken their baby on holiday abroad within the first year of his/her life had travelled by plane for the trip. 55% of the parents who had braved baby’s first holiday abroad within the first year said the experience was ‘easier than expected’.

Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of sunshine.co.uk, said the following:

“The idea of taking a small baby on holiday, especially if a flight is involved, can be daunting. However, I’ve done it myself and can honestly say it’s not as bad as some of the stories you might hear. As long as you’re really prepared, you can have a great holiday. As a dad of three young girls, I’d go as far as to say that it’s actually easier to take a small baby abroad than a toddler!

“I wasn’t surprised that many parents choose to take their child’s grandparents or some friends on holiday with them for baby’s first trip, because it can enable mum and dad to have a bit of down time if they’re so kind as to volunteer to look after the little one!”