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The Rise of the ‘Grancation’: Should Grandma Come on Vacation With You?


It’s becoming increasingly common for three generations of family to head off on vacation together, as parents are inviting the grandparents to go with them. That’s according to a poll of 2,139 parents by online travel agency

When asked, “Will your family holiday later this year include only you, the parent(s), and your children?” sixty-one percent said “no.” They were then asked who else would be going with them and more than half (53 percent) said their children’s grandparents would be joining them.

The reasons for this included simple tradition — 21 percent said it was something they always did when it came to their family holidays. But 67 percent said it was so that their parents could keep an eye on their children to give them a break or alone time.

What was slightly more worrying was that when asked if their own parents were willingly coming along on the family holiday, or if they’d put up some resistance to the idea, 42 percent admitted that their children’s grandparents weren’t all that on board with the idea.

If you do decide to bring your parents along with you for a holiday this summer, it’s probably best to set some ground rules on what you expect from them in terms of childcare. And if you do expect them to play babysitter every evening, you should probably look into covering some, if not all, of the cost of their ticket.

Would you expect your parents to look after your children if they came on holiday with you? Let us know.

This post was written by Hannah Fox. For more, check out our sister site Mother & Baby.

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