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Money-saving tips for holidaymaking with the grandchildrenCreated by Arabela in Spending wisely
You may have heard of the recent rise in “gramping, ampoule ” or young families camping and holidaying with the grandparents. Silly name aside, three-generation holidays may be one of the biggest silver linings to the recession. Many families with young children can’t afford their dream holidays without the help of grandparents, and many grandparents are happy to save the summer!
With two families combining their resources, it’s often possible to rent a bigger cottage or villa, or find a place with facilities such as a pool that parents of young children could not otherwise afford. Keep in mind that generally, the more beds a property has, the cheaper it will be per head.
And adding numbers to the holiday party is not just good for saving money on rentals. Choosing safe-catering cottages, villas or mobile homes means that there are more adults to split grocery costs, shopping and cooking duties. This saves not only time, but energy for all the adults on the trip as well. If you’ve booked a stay at a place with a pool, or near a lake or the seaside, it’s possible that you won’t need to leave every day, saving costly day-trip expenses for a few days. Even better, holidaying with your children and grandchildren can mean that you all share childcare duties. Mum and Dad can go for a night on the town knowing that their children are in safe hands, while grandparents can spend time with their grandchildren and get time to themselves on their own date night as well.
Sharing expenses and duties can mean everyone has a better holiday together than they would separately, and keeps costs down. Sharing the experience of grandchildren’s summer holidays is priceless, but it also saves money, allowing you to help contribute into their future nest eggs, such as the Junior ISA or University Savings Plan on offer by Shepherd’s Friendly.
Multi-generational holiday tips
While there are many benefits to holidaying with your children and grandchildren, keep in mind a few tips that can make sure the experience isn’t too taxing on any of you. For one, make sure the holiday property is large enough that you aren’t all squeezed on top of each other. Separate rooms are a must, but many people enjoy separate cottages, mobile homes or tents that are all located near each other. The extra space and privacy is important for your sanity, and it gives the children even more space to run around.
When looking for places to go, try to think of a holiday that won’t put too many demands on you. In other words, if you’re holidaying with your children and grandchildren for the first time, it might be best to be seaside or at a resort rather than in New York City. If you make it as easy as possible on yourselves the first time, it’s much more likely that you’ll be saving money and creating memories together again in the future!