17 Oct 2012
Take the grandparents
It could be that we’re all getting closer as families – or that we’re looking to save a bit of childminding cash – but more parents than ever are holidaying with their parents.
One in four grandparents travels with their grandchildren, according to a survey by Halfords, with camping and seaside trips as the most popular. And Eurocamp’s bookings for extended families rose by a whopping 323% over the two years up to 2011, according to TaketheFamily’s Head of Content Rhonda Carrier, while more grandparents are taking the kids away without their mum and dad as well.
‘It’s no surprise that this increase has coincided with the recession – there are considerable savings to be made by sharing accommodation with family and by having free babysitters on hand,’ she says.
‘Of course, this isn’t a bad thing – many grandparents find such breaks a great way of reliving their own childhood holidays and passing on their memories with the next generation.’
Minnie’s first holiday abroad will be with her grandparents, and while I’m looking forward to a couple of extra pairs of hands (and both of us getting the chance to spend time with my mum and dad), hopefully they’ll have as much fun. Failing that, I’m holding out for one lie-in at least…