Don’t forget to pack the grandparents! That’s if you’re part of the latest travel trend – a rise in multi-generational holidays, also known as Gramping (going on holiday with the grandparents) or 3G – a trip consisting of at least three generations. As a willing participant in this trend, I can highly recommend it!
Don’t get me wrong, our parents were just as generous with their time before the patter of their grandchildren’s feet and we often holidayed with them. With relatives dotted around the country and everyone having busy schedules, multi-generational holidays also provide the perfect opportunity for families to spend time together. It’s just that these days their extra helping hands now allow parents to actually feel like they have enjoyed an actual ‘break’ on a holiday with young kids. Eating an entire meal in one sitting is just one example that comes to mind…
For some of course, it might sound like the ultimate nightmare – intrusive grandparents, sibling rivalry, bitter disputes and annoying family members. Getting on with your elders and not wanting to strangle the living daylights out of each other certainly helps, so here are a few pointers for avoiding family warfare on a multi-generational trip abroad.
1. Don’t be a schedule bore
2. Saying that, make sure people are aware of the routine
3. Work in some babysitting
4. Make sure people are happy to muck in
A ton of relatives should mean a few extra hands to help cart little ones and luggage from A to B or entertain or feed your offspring while you shower. It’s your holiday too, so why not take a few extra minutes to put your make up on at a leisurely pace, hell, why not even visit the toilet on your own! If your travel companions aren’t willing to help out, you’ll end up feeling resentful.