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Family holidays affected by global security alerts

  • 82% of families have changed their attitude to travelling to Turkey and Tunisia following recent security alerts
  • 39% of respondents are expecting delays on Eurostar and Eurotunnel travel due to migrant crisis

Global events affecting popular holiday destinations such as those in Turkey and Tunisia have shaken the public’s confidence in travelling there, with 82% of respondents admitting that they have affected their likelihood to travel to these countries. Of these, 42% have selected new destinations for their holidays this year.

Families are expecting delays in Calais due to the migrant crisis, with over a third (39%) of those travelling to Europe via Eurostar or car stating they believed that their travel plans this year would be affected, according to recent research from travel insurance specialist who surveyed over 250 families.

With safety and security in mind, some families are opting for destinations further abroad to catch the sun this year. 11% of respondents who had already planned their family travel are headed to the Canary Islands such as Tenerife or Lanzarote. Meanwhile, others are keeping their holidays closer to home. France, Portugal and Spain remain firm favourite destinations with over a third (34%) of families planning to travel to one of those destinations.

Perhaps being more wary of what major global events may be ahead, over one in ten (11%) of respondents have not yet begun planning their holidays for this year.

This comes as no surprise when almost two thirds (65%) of respondents say that they look for relaxation and sun in a family holiday. Over half (52%) look to make sure they have a memorable travel experience. Least popular, with just over a quarter (28%) of families opting for them, were holidays based on culture and history, while around a third (32%) of families seek out the adrenaline rush of an adventure or activity holiday.

Almost a third (30%) of family resort holidays are chosen because of the quality of the kid’s clubs on offer there. This may be little surprise as two thirds (67%) of those respondents aim to relax on holiday.

Amber Howard, brand manager of, said: “For most families, going on holiday is a chance to spend some quality time together, and worries about safety and security shouldn’t stop people going abroad. Our customers’ safety is always our top priority and we encourage people to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before departing for more information on their chosen destination.

“Whatever type of holiday you plan to take this year, remember that travel insurance will give you the peace of mind knowing that you are covered should the worst happen when you are abroad. Make sure that your policy is suitable for your needs and activities – especially if you are planning on doing extreme sports as they are not always covered as standard.”

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