Travelling with different generations can be a great experience for all us but sometimes could also be challenging in terms of needs or expectations. Let’s look at our top 5 tips on how to travel with your family from grandparents, parents and grandchildren point of view. Multi generation travel is on the rise apparently!
1. Discuss Your #VacationGoals
When deciding on your destination, be mindful to consider each person’s holiday goals. Do you want to relax or be active? Be by the sea, or the pool? Stay put for a week or take a road trip and visit two or three places?
Compromise is key here – you may not get everything you want but be prepared to be flexible. This could be the perfect time to try a new destination you hadn’t thought of.
2. Money Talks
Money can be awkward to discuss and you definitely don’t want it to get in the way of your holiday, so it’s wise to discuss budgets before you travel. Talk about what essentials you are all happy to pay for, and discuss any extras that may be added . You may not want to pay for grandad’s jetskiing, and he might not want to pay to visit the aquarium!
Putting money in a kitty is often a good way to go – each person contributes the same amount to go towards airport transfers, food shopping and so on, then any extras and luxuries on top are for each person to buy if they so wish.
3. Give Each Other Space
Just because you have come on holiday together, don’t feel like you have to be in each other’s pockets all the time. A week can seem a long time to be together, especially if you are living together in close quarters, in a villa for example.
Some people may want to spend the day by the pool, while others want to go sightseeing. If everyone has the freedom to do what they want, you will all come home happy. That’s the secret recipe for happy multi generation travel holidays.
4. Make Mealtimes Matter
If you have spent the day apart, mealtimes are a great way to reconnect and share what you have done that day.
Eating out late can be difficult if you have young children, so if you do see a fancy restaurant that catches your eye, why not go there for a late lunch instead?
Another option is to hire a private chef in to your villa for the evening, which can be quite economical if there is a large group of you. This way everyone gets a night off cooking and you needn’t worry about finding a babysitter.
5. Don’t expect babysitters on demand
Of course most grandparents will be only too happy to babysit while you have some time together as a couple, but remember it is their holiday too. Make sure you discuss a day and time in advance that you are all happy with. The kids will love the chance to bond with their grandparents, and vice versa. Holiday is a wonderful time to do this so don’t be shy about asking.
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