Here, our top tips for making your next family trip a successful one.
Travelling with multiple generations can definitely be a challenge, but it's also a wonderful way for extended families to bond and experience the world together.
It's also a growing trend.
According to a recent study by the U.S.-based marketing group, MMGY Global, 40 per cent of leisure travelers have taken at least one multi-generational trip in the past year. Increasingly, grandparents are traveling with adult children and/or their grandkids, bridging the age gap through shared adventures.
Just ask Alison Gardner, the Victoria, B.C.-based wife, mother and grandmother with an insatiable hunger for globetrotting – including with her adult kids and young grandchildren. Fourteen years ago she launched a website geared to mature travellers, travellingwithachallenge.com, which now attracts more than 1.7 million readers worldwide.
In addition to planning her own adventures – and writing about them – she and her husband currently spend two months of the year travelling to Ice Age caves in Europe with their paleoanthropologist daughter, her husband and their three year-old – affectionately nicknamed 'the cave baby'.
"Multi-generational travel is all about creating shared family memories in a much bigger, more stimulating world where experience-driven vacationing is more the goal than ever before," says Gardner. "We're no longer satisfied to sit on a dock at the lake listening to the loons, drinking a beer and thinking 'this is the life'."
Having said that, click through for important things to keep in mind when planning a family trip if you want it to be successful.
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