When you hear “family vacation,” you might think mom, dad and the kids. But it’s not that simple these days.
Grandparents are increasingly accompanying their grandchildren, while grandma and grandpa often try to join single-parent children.
“Today, the traditional family picture exists only in exceptional cases,” says Martin Linne of the German Tourism Research Society. Multi-generation holidays are booming.
This brings with it certain advantages, for example the practical matter of money. As a rule, the older folks have a bigger budget than does a young family. And so grandma and grandpa are likely those who even make a holidays possible. Often enough they even finance the entire trip.
Nowadays, many grandparents do not fit the cliche of age-weakened pensioners. The travel firm Neckermann says that today’s older generation is more keen on travel and is more fit than ever before. This means that many joint activities are possible, with all age groups coming together.
Parents get a chance to relax while the grandparents spend quality time with the youngsters. Single parents in particular have a chance to unwind.
But to assure that a multi-generation trip succeeds, a few questions need addressing.
The most important question is, where to go on holiday? Quite often, the choice will fall on some family-oriented offers by travel operators. The classic sun, sand and surf holiday is still very popular. Mountains and lakes are likewise a reliable destination for families.
What kind of accommodation is the best? A vital aspect is that the living quarters should offer the possibility of a bit of private space to withdraw to for each person.
“If one is not accustomed to close contact with others, then such a trip can lead to conflicts,” says tourism researcher Martin Linne. Usually, a holiday apartment is better than a hotel in this regard. But club hotels, family resorts and cruise ships can fit the bill for multi-generation holidays.
Finally, what activities can a multi-generation holiday pursue? Each family member has his or her own preferences. Linne advises activities that all the generations can join in – swimming, fishing, dining, going for a stroll. Or simply relaxing.
When several adults are travelling, then they can take turns watching after the kids, so that the others will have some time to do things for themselves.