Why a multi-generation holiday is the ideal way to spend time together
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A multi-generation holiday allows grandparents, parents and
children to spend some quality time together – here’s how to go about planning
Having grandchildren is one of the greatest pleasures of growing
older, and spending time with them can be some of the happiest and most
uplifting of times. Travel is also a highlight, with more time than ever before
to explore the world and tick off countless destinations and experiences from
Because of this, it’s no surprise that multi-generational
holidays are on the rise, as are skip-gen holidays, (or gramping), just for
children and their grandchildren without the parents.
However, finding the perfect destination and itinerary for a
multi-generation holiday can be challenging, taking into consideration grown-ups
in need of relaxation and comfort, whilst lively, energetic and youngsters are
in search of some fun.
Whether you’re in a beachside
villa or on board an action-packed
cruise, a family holiday is guaranteed to put a smile on all your faces, not
to mention a great way of sharing precious quality time together and creating
Why choose a multi-gen holiday
There are an estimated 14 million grandparents living in the
UK, and research by Age UK has shown that 40 per cent of these grandparents
provide regular care for their grandchildren, creating a special bond between
In fact, research from Good Housekeeping magazine has
shown that 71 per cent of grandparents felt happier after spending time with
their grandchildren, a feeling that many of us will want to fully enjoy as much
In collaboration with Populous Research, Saga found that
four out of five grandparents reported holidaying with their grandchildren kept
them more active, giving themselves a boost of energy and making them feel more
It makes sense, then, that grandparents and their grandchildren
should enjoy their holidays together, be it to sunny beachside resorts, a countryside
villa or on a luxury cruise ship, which offers activities and dining for all
Where should you go?
According to the figures, hitting a sun-soaked beach holiday
is a good way to enjoy a multi-generation holiday at 22 per cent, with a spacious
villa holiday also considered a great option – favoured by 57 per cent of
For those families who are more adventurous, and perhaps
brave, a city
break is another fantastic way to spend a multi-generation holiday.
Combine a cultural and foodie trip to Paris with a delightful dabble in Disneyland,
or explore the futuristic megastructures, super shopping malls with man-made
ski slopes and long sprawling beaches of Dubai.
Due to the freedom and flexibility they give, a villa or self-catering
accommodation in the UK or overseas, is a super choice when booking a
Silver Travel Advisor partners offer spacious
properties to rent across the globe, from Tuscan properties nestled in
vineyards to Balkan or Greek island homes ideal for families and those who love
As the holiday for everyone, cruise
ships offer luxurious surroundings, exciting excursions, countless
restaurants and a world of entertainment, and bars plus kids’ clubs and creches
for much-needed adult nights. While offering everything you need on board,
cruises also sail to some of the most exciting ports in the world, guaranteed
to make all the family happy. There’s
further information at World of
Cruising, so you can find the right ship for your family.
In case you need further persuasion, an impressive 74 per cent
of multi-generational travellers said they’d do it all over again, with only seven
percent saying not again, thank you. For those looking to spend more time with
their family, it’s really a no brainer.
Multi-generation holiday tips
- Go abroad – more exciting for everyone, especially the children.
- Meal-time flexibility – don’t commit to eating together every single night.
- Go all inclusive – saves any potential awkwardness about bill splitting.
- Agree to book your own accommodation close together, but not too close. On a cruise, this could be at the other end of the ship.
- Discuss activities at the planning stage.
- Spend quality time together – after all, that’s why you’re
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