Why almost half of Brits under 35 book holidays with their parents

Much prefer to go on holiday with your mum than risk an awkward pairing of friends or take the plunge with a partner too soon? You’re not alone. A new survey suggests many young adults are still going away with their parents.

Almost half (44.9%) of British people aged between 18-34 have taken a trip with their folks since turning 18 and almost a quarter (24.4%) expect their parents to pay for or at least supplement the trip, according to the research.

It showed that females are choosing to book a vacation with their mum and dad more than their male counterparts with 48.8% of women admitting they have been on a getaway with their parents compared to 41.2% of men. The new research from holiday comparison website MyLateDeals.com showed young adults in Northern Ireland are the least likely to take a trip with their parents.

It found females are also more likely to expect their parents to pay for or supplement the trip and when broken down by country, those living in Wales are more likely to expect financial support.

Me and the mother in the Maldives last year

I have chosen to go abroad with my mum for different reasons. While I wouldn’t opt to spend all my holiday time with my folks, I think a trip abroad or even a staycation with a parent is great for encouraging some bonding.
Last year I chose the zero-pressure location of the Maldives to take my mother as a thank you for everything she’s done.

If you’re prone to getting under each other’s skin after a only a few days, a relaxing destination might be you’re best bet to (almost) guarantee no arguments. Or if you think keeping busy is the only way to ensure no parent-child rows, find a jam-packed city where you’re bound to run into people more annoying than each other. There’s nothing like having to have each other’s back in a new place to help a child see their parent outside of their caretaker role, and in the case of a mother or father, see how well they taught their offspring to handle themselves out there in the world.

I was surprised how many (one in five) are financially motivated. A significant 10% explained that they would go if the holiday was totally free and 5.3% said that they would go on holiday with their parents as it would be more lavish and outside their budget.

Of the 2,000 people aged between 18-34 questioned last month, 4.8% explained they just can’t afford a holiday otherwise.  A tiny 4.3% said they would only holiday with their parents if they had no one else to go on holiday with.

A romantic mother-daughter holiday!

On the other hand 12.2% were motivated by the location and said they would only holiday with their parents if they wanted to visit the destination their mum and dad were choosing to visit. An honest 22.3% would point blank refuse to go on away with their mum and dad.

It’s not all bad though, a whopping 41.1% said they would go on holiday with their parents as they enjoy spending time with them.

In small doses, I agree that time away from the usual setting can be wonderful for escaping family dramas or the obligatory cooking duties, in turn making a more pleasant experience with the parents! And better the devil you know. Travel can often mean seeing a completely different side to friendships and it’s not always for the good. Once you’ve booked all your hotels, transfers and experiences with a friend, chances are you’re stuck if things don’t go so well.

For those who are besties, there’s no shame in being travel buddies. Proving it’s more common than you think, 19.6% of Brits admitted to having a vacay with their parents booked for later this year.

Father’s Day is June 16. Better get booking your trip!

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