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Monday, 10 September 2012

Your Guide to Multi-Generational Holidays

Man taking photo of familyAccording to research from Age UK, more than half of UK adults have been on, or are planning, a holiday involving two or more generations of the same family. Dubbed by some as the rise of the ‘greycation’, the trend of grandparents holidaying with their children and grandchildren continues to be popular. But is it really a case of the more the merrier? Here are our tips for ensuring big family vacations become cherished memories.

While everyone loves to spend time with the grandchildren, most of us enjoy our own space and the prospect of holidaying in a large family group may seem a little daunting. To avoid potential fall-outs, here are our top tips for a wonderful family holiday:

  1. Instead of staying at a hotel, consider renting a villa with its own grounds and facilities. If you’d like some space to retain your independence, consider renting two adjacent properties.
  2. Instead of arranging mealtimes out at restaurants en-masse, opt for self-catering accommodation and encourage everyone to be in charge of their own mealtimes. Allowing each other to have different timetables goes a long way to reducing holiday stress.
  3. Discuss childcare expectations before the holiday begins. More and more parents use multi-generational holidays to benefit from live-in childcare, so set the boundaries early on by agreeing your babysitting duties in advance.


Holiday ideas for the entire family

With so many ages to cater for, how can you choose a holiday that grandchildren, parents and grandparents will all enjoy? Thankfully, multi-generational holiday options are as vast as the imagination. Here are some of our favourite ideas:

  1. Opt for a hassle-free UK ‘staycation’ and enjoy the beautiful countryside, coastlines and cities right on our doorstep. From renting castles and forts through The Landmark Trust to staying in a seaside cottage, there are plenty of ideas for gatherings big and small right here on the British Isles.
  2. If you want guaranteed sunshine, all-inclusive breaks can be a great option for families. Without the need to worry about food, drinks, kid’s clubs and entertainment, you can focus on the important things in life: relaxing and having fun.
  3. For families with older children, adventure holidays are a great option to keep everyone entertained. From Swiss skiing breaks to African safaris, the scope for all-action holidays is quite simply endless.


How RIAS can help

When holidaying with family, it’s important to be covered by travel insurance. At RIAS, our Travel Insurance package is wonderfully flexible, depending on your exact needs. Whether you’re on a short UK break or jetting off to tropical climes, our experience has you covered. 

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