In the not-too-distant past, the standard holiday involved parents, kids and a nice beach. But the pandemic made us rethink our priorities and, these days, more and more people are choosing to take their family holiday with the grandparents too.
Enthusiasm for multi-generation holidays rocketed post-Covid and now the trend is fast becoming the norm. “We’re seeing even more growth on the horizon,” says Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel. “Already, we’ve noticed around a 27 per cent increase in multi-generational and multi-family bookings for travel in 2024 compared with 2023. Villas and cruises are among the most popular types of trips for these groups, but bucket-list experiences such as holidays to Orlando are also in high demand.”
Tour operators and accommodation providers have launched an array of corresponding packages and offers, from cruising company Uniworld’s “Generation” trips to Black Tomato’s “See You In The Moment” experiences, designed to help larger groups celebrate special get-togethers.
One group in particular seems motivated to make these bookings and, often, pay for the trips, too: the grandparents. “Previously, multi-gen holidays were more typically led by parents who wanted their children to spend quality time with the grandparents (not to mention take advantage of childcare on tap), so to see bookings and enquiries come in from the grandparents is quite a step-change,” says Rebecca Lowe of Original Travel.
Tempted to give your own multi-gen trip a try? We’ve come up with the 10 best holidays for every kind of family, from theme park extravaganzas to sedate five-star retreats via posh staycations that aunties and uncles can join too. Read on to find your favourite…
Disney for everyone
Theresa and Alan Wilson of Bon Voyage are grandparents themselves and love the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. “It’s an entry-level theme-park experience,” says Theresa. “The two parks are easy to navigate, with multiple on-site hotel options, and the set-up is particularly good for younger kids.” Once older guests have had enough of the rides, it’s a 50-minute drive to Santa Monica for beach time, as well as the chance to explore the plane-packed Museum of Flying or cook cinnamon rolls and macarons at The Gourmandise School.
How to do it: Bon Voyage (0800 316 3012; bon-voyage.co.uk) has an eight-day holiday with time in both destinations from £2,475pp, including flights and car hire. Disney ticket packages are also available on request.