The past year has taught us not to take life for granted and to spend time with those who matter most. For some, this can be spending a holiday together with our parents and grandparents. Bookings to exotic destinations for multi-generational holidays have seen a rise recently, but what are the pros and cons of this?
Family holidays provide us with the chance to make lasting memories and fond moments to look back on. It also gives us the time to relax and bond with family members we might not see as often. It’s something to look forward to and gives everyone a bit of common ground to talk about, as well as a goal to save up for.
It also saves on expenses as you are usually able to get a discount if you are booking in lots of people at once. For example, if you’re staying in a holiday lodge the price will be much cheaper divided among a family of six than it would between just a couple.
If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, such as a big birthday, wedding anniversary or other family event, a multi-generational holiday is a great way to celebrate. It means that you get to see all your favourite faces in one place and commemorate the moment together.
You can use the holiday as an excuse to try new things as a family like skiing or skydiving if you’re feeling brave. Face your fears together and find a new favourite hobby as relatives.
Having your parents along for the journey also means that your children will get to spend more time with their grandparents. You could also have some alone time with your significant other while they babysit for a few hours.
Agreeing on a budget isn’t always easy. What you might consider a bargain, your parents might find extortionate and getting them to see the bigger picture doesn’t always work. The same goes for choosing a destination. An all inclusive with poolside sunbathing could sound like the dream holiday for you and your siblings, but your teenagers will want fun activities to keep them occupied.
If you end up booking somewhere that not everyone is settled on, it could result in a few arguments or family members not enjoying their trip, resulting in a disappointing time for everybody.
Having lots of people to cater for doesn’t always work well with bookings, as excursions and restaurants will need to make sure they have the available space for all of you. You won’t be able to just pop out for a spur-of-the-moment meal or a last-minute adventure and you might have to compromise, meaning that some of you will have to sit it out this time. Groups can also be associated with rowdiness, so some venues might not let you in if you are part of a larger ensemble.
Consider where you’re staying too, as it could get cramped if you’re all in a small villa. By booking larger areas, everyone will have their own space to retreat to if they wish and you won’t be treading on each other’s toes. Finding somewhere big enough for all of you and to suit your budget can be a struggle so it’s best to think about your different financing options before booking.
If anyone needs to cancel and you’re looking at rearranging, this could become a costly experience and it might be difficult finding another time that suits everyone. You could end up losing your deposit or upsetting your family members if you decide to go ahead without them.
Keeping everyone happy isn’t always the easiest, but if you do, you’re bound to have an amazing family holiday full of incredible moments to look back on.