Younger Brits Take More Vacations, Says Study

New research suggests that taking holidays is more prevalent with young British travellers, in the age group up to 34 years, than it is with older travellers.

A recent study conducted by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), a UK-based travel agency association, says that Britain’s younger generation is holidaying more, with those in the age group of 15 to 24 years taking around five breaks in the past 12 months, compared to 4.5 breaks taken by travellers in the age group of 25 to 34 years. People in the UK of 35 years and above have taken around 3.5 breaks in the last 12 months.

Young travellers are also more inclined to use the services of a high street travel agent, with 26 percent, or one in four in the age group of 15 to 24 years doing so this year, while 31 percent of those in the age bracket of 25 to 34 years opted to do so.

Mark Tanzer, the chief executive of ABTA, said, ‘The younger generation are clearly determined to make the most of their freedom and opportunities for travel whatever the economic climate.

The research suggests they like to go away frequently and for shorter amounts of time than older age groups, which represents a great opportunity for travel companies to tap into this trend.

They are also the most likely to look for, respect and value the services provided by travel professionals which is a great credit to the services that these professionals provide and demonstrates that even the Internet generation likes the personal touch.’

The research also revealed that travellers between the ages of 15 and 34 years are more likely to travel abroad for a shorter duration, even taking trips as short as a day to around three days, and are invited on overseas stag and hen parties far more often than any other age group.

US Authorities Consider Easing Travel Restrictions to Cuba

For over four decades, travel between the United States and Cuba has been restricted, if not outright banned for most citizens. While a number of workarounds exist to allow Americans to travel to the island, none have been endorsed or sponsored by the state. The United States’ current policy is one that appears to be lifted straight from a Cold War safety briefing, but it could soon disappear.

The Obama administration has announced its intentions to limit restrictions on travel to Cuba, one of several moves aimed at freeing up the country’s current foreign policy towards the island. Cuba remains a popular travel destination for those outside of the United States, although its communist government and previously aggressive stance towards the USA make it a politically tough topic.

The current ban on Cuba travel has its roots in the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis. Due to the island’s close ties with Russia, it was once used as a testing and storage ground for nuclear weapons, short-range missiles, and other projectile threats to the United States. A number of restrictive trade and travel policies extend from the crisis, which is remembered as a close encounter with nuclear war.

New policy changes are likely to reflect those implemented under President Clinton, who eased a series of restrictions against the island. Due to security concerns, many of the policies voted on in the Clinton government were reversed under President Bush. Restrictions on travel for those with families in Cuba have already been loosened under Obama, with visits now possible for some.

Cuba remains a point of heated debate in American foreign policy, with many of those supporting the Obama administration also hesitant to support a bill allowing Cuban travel. Political analysts believe that the policies are unlikely to be implemented until after the upcoming midterm election.