With families living further away from each other geographically than at any time in history, multi-generational holidays are on the rise and are set to be a key travel trend in 2013. It is no surprise that as grandparents are living longer, retiring earlier, and have more disposable income than in the past, many are off jet-setting with the whole family in tow. Another rationale behind this recent trend is the increasing popularity of “milestone holidays”, where the growing distance between relatives makes for the perfect excuse to organize special family reunion trips to celebrate occasions like anniversaries, weddings, and major birthdays.
However, this can make planning the trip a little tricky since there are more people to please with a varying range of ages and interests. Depending on the type of holiday, there are some important factors to bear in mind. So here are three of the best destinations for multi-generational travel:
For a hassle-free holiday with something for everyone opt for an all-inclusive Caribbean deal. With some surprisingly good deals on offer, a holiday like this avoids extra costs of meals and activities which have a tendency to add up! Whilst lacking in culture and often a reason to leave the resort it may not be for every family. But for those just looking to relax in a heavenly setting and let everyone do their own thing, it is perfect as kids can join activity clubs whilst the adults can relax in the knowledge that everyone is occupied.
City breaks work well as destinations for multi-generational travel as long as there is a very good public transport system (avoiding multiple car hires) and lots of activities for all age groups. Therefore London is a safe bet with its host of attractions from the Tate Gallery or the Churchill War Rooms, to Harry Potter Studios and the London Dungeons, there really is something to cater to every audience. In addition, there are many sites that would be enjoyable for the whole family together such as a ride on the London Eye or a Thames river cruise.
Again boasting an efficient public transport system and a vast array of attractions, Paris makes for an age and family-friendly destination. Let the kids spend a day and Disneyland Paris, whilst the grandparents can enjoy strolls along the romantic streets, admiring views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. In terms of accommodation, an apartment offers the best of both worlds with separate sleeping arrangements with common living spaces to enjoy a bit of family time! This also keeps your budget intact as you can make the most of the self-catering facilities by cooking meals for yourself.