Young people are increasingly relying on their relatives to help them get abroad for gap years and holidays away with friends.
A survey of over 1000 young adults (aged between 18 and 29) revealed that 51 per cent had been on holiday with their parents, at their expense, at least once since turning 18, whilst 82 per cent of those surveyed said they would consider taking a trip with parents.
For those who have already travelled with their parents, over four fifths (81 per cent) were surprised by how much fun they had whilst nearly a full house (91 per cent) said they would definitely do it again.
Social researcher Mark McCrindle said: "Young people experience many financial pressures today so parents are playing a key role in helping their adult children save, study and now travel. When it comes to travel, having a close relationship with mum and dad can clearly have significant benefits - both emotional and financial."
P&O Cruises president, Sture Myrmell, added: "Cruising is an incredibly affordable way for an extended family to travel, offering an overseas experience for all without the expense of international airfares. We're seeing more and more parents travel with their adult children on our ships - it's a wonderful act of generosity by parents which means the whole family can continue to explore new horizons together and really carry the bonds of childhood into adulthood."