Uncoupled: Gwynnie And Chris Follow Brits In Holidaying With An Ex Trend

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s recent ‘consciously uncoupled’ trip to the Bahamas may have seemed a rather unusual take on the traditional family holiday, but a new study by lastminute.com has revealed they are not alone, with us Brits well practiced in the art of holidaying with an ex. The study of 1,000 UK respondents* has revealed that two in five (39%) of us have holidayed with an ex-partner and 38% have prolonged a relationship to avoid cancelling a travel booking.


Tinder Travellers

The two in five Brits who are travelling continents with an ex while ‘uncoupled’ may have booked the trip before the relationship turned sour, but how many of them met through a smartphone app? Notably, respondents who were most smartphone-savvy and had booked entire city breaks through their mobile devices were most likely to be indulging in ex-files holidays – an incredible 85% of them, compared to 22% of those who had never booked travel using their phones.

The female of the sun-seekers…

In addition, the study also revealed that women may be using their pre-planned holidays as a way to get back with their exes, with 43% travelling with an ex compared to 35% of men. Of those women who were heading off with an ex on an existing booking, women were more likely to go even if they had a new partner - 29% compared to 16% of men. However, women who were decided that the relationship was over before the trip were twice as likely to pretend they were still happy for the sake of the holiday.

couple with map
couple with map

From London or the North East? A holiday could save your relationship

For those 38% of us prolonging a relationship for the sake of a holiday; the sun, sea and meals-out seemed most seductive for couples from London and the North East – 29% of Londoners on ‘last-chance vacations’ fell back in love, along with 41% of those from the North East, compared to just 4% of Scots. 25-35 years olds were the most likely age group to go away with an ex, even when with a new partner - 64%, compared to 41% of 18-24 year olds and 51% of 35-44 year olds. They were also most likely to enjoy holidays + benefits with an ex-partner with 32% of 25-34 year olds admitting to sharing a bed, compared to just 10% of 18-24 year olds.

How Brits fare against the Europeans…

[table caption="Share of people who travelled with the ex-partner to avoid cancelling a holiday/break that was booked together a while ago, before they split" width="400px" colwidth="100px" colalign="center"] Country,All,Men,Women UK,39%,35%,43% Italy,24%,26%,21% EU,23%,24%,21% Spain,21%,24%,18% Germany,16%,18%,14% France,15%,18%,12% [/table] [table caption="Share of people who prolonged a relationship they knew they would end to avoid cancelling a holiday/break that was booked together a while ago, before they split up" width="400px" colwidth="100px" colalign="center"] Country,All,Men,Women UK,38%,32%,44% Italy,25%,28%,23% EU,22%,22%,21% Spain,19%,21%,18% France,14%,16%,11% Germany,13%,13%,12% [/table]

Have you ever holidayed with an ex?

Let us know your story by leaving a comment below! *About the survey The survey was carried out on behalf of lastminute.com by OnePoll. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from this survey. Total sample size of adults across five countries was 5,000: 1,000 in the UK, 1,000 in Germany, 1,000 in France, 1,000 in Spain, 1,000 in Italy. Fieldwork was undertaken at the end of March 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all adults in their respective country (aged 18+).