Half of adults take Mum on holiday

Friday 1, April 2011


Half of adults take Mum on holiday


Mums may get more than flowers and chocolates this Mothers’ Day, as holiday provider and comparison site has found that more than half of us has taken our mum (or mother-in-law) on holiday with us.


And the vast majority of us would do it again. However, almost one in ten sons admit this is because Mum will pay for everything and another reason sons are keen to take Mum is so that she can babysit the kids.


  • 56% of us in the UK have either taken our mums or mother-in-laws or even both on holiday with us
  • 85% of us who have done so say we would either take one or both of our mothers and/or mother-in-laws on holiday again.
  • 53% of people surveyed agreed that their mother (or mother-in-law) was great company on holiday with 50% agreeing that she deserves a treat.


44% of adults have never taken our mothers or mother-in-laws on holiday with us, but of those of us who have, only 14% would not repeat the experience. The top reason* for refusing to take them on holiday again is ‘We like different things’ (33%), with ‘She’s so annoying’ being cited as the second most popular given reason (13.5%). Other reasons for not taking mum on holiday are:


  • I’m embarrassed by her behaviour: 10%
  • She would cramp my style: 9%
  • I don’t want to pay for her: 8%
  • She flirts with the waiters: 6%
  • She causes rows between my partner and I: 5%
  • She drinks too much: 3%


More women than men have taken their mothers on holiday with them than men (women 39% versus men 24%), but some men have ulterior motives for doing so: 9% of adult men saying they take Mum on holiday because she pays for everything, whereas only 4% of women admit money is their motivation for taking Mum on hols.


11% of men compared to 6% of women take Mum on holiday because of her babysitting services.


Londoners are most likely to take Mum on holiday (38%), with people in Northern Ireland (17%) the least likely to do so, according to the survey by


The study was commissioned by comparison site to mark Confused’s recent move into the holiday market.


Kate Rose, Holidays and Travel Manager says:

“It is surprising and heart-warming to discover that so many men and women like taking their mums on holiday with them. offers great deals on holidays and travel insurance and so we wanted to understand more about the UK’s holiday habits.”



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