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Young Brits still holiday with their parents – and expect them to pay

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Almost half of young Brits still holiday with their parents, and a quarter expect them to foot the bill, according to new figures.

A survey of over 2,000 Brits aged 18-24 by holiday comparison site My Late Deals has revealed 45% of young people have been on holiday with their parents since turning 18. What’s more, 24% said they expect their parents to pay for any trips they take together.

It’s women who are choosing to go on holiday with their family most often, with 48.8% saying they have been away with their parents, compared with 41.2% of men.

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Women are also more likely to expect their parents to pay for trips, the survey found – 25.6% said they should, compared with 23.2% of men.

When asked why they go on holiday with their parents, two in five (41.1%) young people said they enjoy spending time with them.

Another 12.2% said they would go on holiday with their parents if they wanted to visit the same location, and 4.3% said they would only holiday with their parents if they had no one else to go on holiday with. 

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But one in five young adults are financially motivated to go on holiday with their parents – one in 10 said they would go if it was free for them, 5.3% said their parents’ holidays are more lavish than their budget would afford, and 4.8% said they couldn’t afford a holiday at all otherwise.

When questioned about future holidays with parents, one in five (19.6%) young Brits admitted to having a holiday with their parents booked for later on this year.

However, almost a quarter (22.3%) of Brits said they would point blank refuse to go on holiday with their parents.