Term Time Travel is OK Say 1 in 3 Brits

By Carrentals.co.uk, PRNE
Sunday, July 24, 2011

LONDON, July 25, 2011 -

A new poll finds 1 in 3 Brits happy for child to go on holiday during term time if parents can’t afford school holiday price hikes

As schools break up for the summer holidays a new poll has found that 1 in 3 Brits believe it is acceptable to take a child on holiday during term time if parents can’t afford the high prices of travel during school holidays.

The poll, by leading comparison site Carrentals.co.uk which provides holidaymakers with cheap car rental, asked customers across the UK when, and if, it is acceptable to take a child out of school for a holiday, with 21% saying it was okay to attend a family occasion such as a wedding, and 12% believing children could be taken on holiday in term time to fit in with parents’ work commitments.

9% said it was acceptable if the holiday has educational benefits, but 6% thought it acceptable if parents simply refuse to pay the school holiday premium.  Just 17% said they would not take a child out of school for a holiday during term time.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “As all parents know, the cost of travel in the school holidays goes up significantly and for some, particularly in the current financial climate, this means no family holiday.  The results of the poll show just how much sympathy there is for parents who are genuinely unable to afford to travel during this peak period.

“What needs to be looked at is greater staggering of school holiday dates to help keep the costs of travel down and enable more families to enjoy a holiday together.”

Carrentals.co.uk is the leading car hire comparison site, comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations including car hire in Portugal, France and Spain, with a wide choice of pickup locations available including car hire in Faro airport, Nice and Malaga.



About Carrentals.co.uk

Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by 2006.

In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations.

Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.

The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.

In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in 2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/Price Comparison category. To book or for further information visit www.carrentals.co.uk


Media Contact, Rachel Builder & Jenny White, Context, T: +44(0)1625-511966, F: +44(0)1625-511967, carrentals at contextpr.co.uk

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