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Holidaying with the parents – what did the study say?


Royal Caribbean International ran a new study and found some remarkable data regarding adults going on holiday with their parents.

  • 44% of Brits over 25 say their parents get the bill when on holiday together
  • Two fifths of those over 25 say they think a family member will pay for their holidays in the future
  • 44% of parents foresee themselves paying for their ‘kidult’ to go on holiday moving forward
  • Adult sons cost more than adult daughters to take away

The data shows that 42% of British adults over 25 years of age still go on holiday with their parents.

Furthermore, sons in their adulthood cost on average £870 whilst daughters average £610.

Age% still holidaying with parents% whose parents pick up billAve. bill parents pick up
25-34-year olds23%19%£890
35-44-year olds12%13%£700
45-54-year olds5%10%£710

Further to the above, adult children admit that they add to their parents expenses by bringing their own children!

AgeTaken partner on parents’ holidayTaken kids on parents’ holiday
25-34-year olds42%31%
35-44-year olds40%40%
45-54-year olds35%36%

Here’s the top six recorded reasons that were uncovered for a three generation family holiday:

  1. Enjoyment of spending quality time with family – 52%
  2. The only opportunity they get to spend a prolonged period of time together – 30%
  3. Limited funds due to saving to get on the properly ladder for the first time – 25%
  4. Because older family members go on the best holidays – 17%
  5. Know and expect a family member will pay for it – 10%
  6. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) – 8%

Ben Bouldin, from the Royal Caribbean, said:

“It’s great to see that the baby boomer generation are able to splash the cash and spread the wealth to create lasting family memories for their adult kids and their family.

This trend not only strengthens family bonds, it tells us that family holidays of multiple generations are alive and kicking. And what better way to keep the whole family entertained than a Royal Caribbean holiday where there’s something for everyone, from the tallest slide at sea, to surfing on the FlowRider, ice skating and everyone’s favourite – karaoke.”

Lisa Francesca Nand, host of The Big Travel Podcast, said:

“Parents of young children often enjoy having the grandparents on hand too. They can enjoy the occasional night of babysitting knowing their children are in familiar hands or indeed just enjoy having family members around to help entertain small children.”


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