ALMOST HALF of over 50s have been on a multi-generational holiday
The survey of more than 10,000 over 50s undertaken by SAGA, shows that a quarter have enjoyed a multi-generational holiday within the last year and almost two fifths (39%) have done so at some point in their lifetime. Only one in eight (12%) have never holidayed with close family.
Over 50s from the East Midlands have attempted to bridge the generation gap the most with 53% travelling as a family group in the last 5 years, closely followed by families in Yorkshire (52%), the North West (52%) and Scotland (51%). Families from Wales are least likely to have been away together (44%).
The most popular reason for getting away with the family was simply to have an opportunity to spend time together (75%). Other reasons include travelling together to celebrate important family occasions (23%) such as weddings, grandparents offering to share child care responsibilities whilst away (12%) and because of a desire to travel to the same destination (21%) or save on costs (7%).
More than half (56%) of those surveyed said that their multi-generational holiday had been self-catering with a third (35%) booking a villa to live as a family unit and give their break a real home-away-from-home feel.
Whilst a small number of holidaymakers admitted to some minor differences in opinion whilst away, including deciding what activities to do (9%) or where to eat (7%), it seems families that holiday together stay together with four in five multi-generational getaways going ahead without a single disagreement.
Kevin McMullan, Head of Saga Travel Insurance, commented: “It is great to see different generations of the same family getting away and building lasting memories together. Whether people have decided on self-catering, an all-inclusive package or even a B&B, it’s wise to have insurance in place that covers all of the travelling party to give everyone peace of mind so they can concentrate on having a great time.”