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HALF OF IRISH ADULTS STILL GO ON HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR PARENTS

by Aiken PR

06/01/2020

WE’RE GOING ON PAYCATION: HALF OF IRISH ADULTS STILL GO ON HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR PARENTS  

  • 49% of Irish adults ages 25–34 still go on holidays with their parents
  • Over half (58%) of Irish parents foresee paying for their ‘kidult’ children to go away with them on future holidays
  • 39% of Irish ‘kidults’ prefer to holiday with their parents rather than jetting off with their friends
  • 23% of Irish adults aged 25+ say their parents ‘always pick up the bill’ when going on family holidays
  • Over two–thirds of Irish adults go on holidays with their families because they enjoy spending quality time with them


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Almost half (49%) of Irish adults aged 25– 34 still go on holidays with their parents, with 80% of parents paying up to €1,000 for the pleasure of their company, according to a new study by Royal Caribbean International.

 

The Holipay Generation

The findings found that parents fork out the most for sons (€766), whilst daughters come in marginally cheaper at €709 a pop. The most expensive adult children that still holiday with their parents are aged 25–34, costing parents an eyewatering €793 each on average.

 

Age

% still holidaying with parents

% whose parents who shoulder some of the cost

Ave. bill parents pick up

25–34–year olds

49%

46%

€793

35–44–year olds

30%

30%

€762

45–54–year olds

10%

22%

€790

55+

3%

6%

€312

 

In addition, adult children admit to adding to their parents’ expense by also bringing their younger kids (32%) and other halves (43%) on their parents’ holiday. Sixty–seven per cent of adults from Dublin have also admitted to bringing their partner, friends and children on holiday with their parents.

 

Age

Taken partner on parents’ holiday

Taken kids on parents’ holiday

25–34–year olds

55%

37%

35–44–year olds

45%

47%

45–54–year olds

43%

49%

55+

30%

23%

 

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Top reasons why adult children continue to go on three generation family holidays:

1.       Enjoyment of spending quality time with family – 69%

2.       The only opportunity they get to spend a prolonged period of time together – 33%

3.       Because family members go on the best holidays – 16%

4.       Know and expect a family member will pay for it – 6%

5.       FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) – 8%

Family Tradition

Royal Caribbean’s research has revealed that Irish families choose to holiday together because believe it or not they enjoy spending quality time together! 39% of Irish adults prefer to keep their globetrotting in the family circle, opting to go on family holidays rather than jetting off with their friends. When asked whether they foresee paying for their adult children to come away on future holidays, over half (58%) of Irish parents pay for the privilege of having their adult children as company on holiday.

 

Ben Bouldin, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA, Royal Caribbean, said: ‘It’s great to see that Irish families are able to 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.”

 

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert said: ‘The world of family travel has changed rapidly over the last number of years with so much choice and exciting experiences available. There’s no longer such thing as a ‘one–size–fits–all’ holiday. The typical shape of family holidays has changed dramatically, shifting towards multigenerational families enjoying experiences together, bringing grandparents, aunts, uncles and grandchildren along on a joint holiday adventure.’

‘From my experience of sailing with Royal Caribbean, I have seen first–hand how this type of holiday is perfect for the entire extended family, with something to suit all ages and tastes. Everyone can enjoy unforgettable holidays, visiting visit bucket list–worthy locations, making every moment truly memorable.’

ENDS

Notes:

The research was conducted by Censuswide on behalf Royal Caribbean, with 1,000 respondents aged 16+ in Ireland between 05.12.2019 – 12.12.2019. The survey was conducted from a nationally representative sample of Irish adults. Quotas were applied to nationally representative proportions for age, gender and region. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles.

To contact the Royal Caribbean Office, please call +44 (0)28 9066 3000 or email royalcaribbeanaikenpressoffice@aikenpr.com