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Nearly half of Aussie parents have hit snags while travelling with kids

We still love it, but family travel doesn’t come without its risks

New data has revealed that almost half of Australian parents have encountered problems while on holidays with their children.



Nearly one in two (42%) parents in the survey of 1,133 travelling Aussie mums and dads admitted to experiencing a negative incident relating to their kids while on holiday, with sickness the most common occurrence (among 34% of parents).


Injuries to children and lost belongings were each reported among one in ten (10%) parents, while one in 17 (6%) experienced losing their kids. 


Only one in 50 parents (2%) saw belongings stolen while travelling with dependent children.


“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,” said Jonathan Etkind, spokesperson for InsureandGo, who commissioned the national independent study.


“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.”  



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 25 November 2019

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