Why take a multi-generational trip?
Nowadays, it’s easy for our busy lives to muscle-in on that sacred family time. Big family holidays can be a rewarding way to carve out those quality moments and escape the commitments of day-to-day life.
Ever heard of 3G trips? Nope, they’ve got nothing to do with your network coverage. We’re talking about multi-generational family holidays, where three generations of relatives get involved. Grannies, uncles, cousins. The lot.
Rumour has it, multi-gen holidays are on the up. But why are they so popular? And how can you plan an big family trip that ticks the boxes for three whole generations. Can it be done? Absolutely!
Here are a few reasons why we love multi-generational family holidays – plus a few of our favourite 3G holiday destinations that have something for everyone.
It’s a way to celebrate
Perhaps it’s a milestone birthday, a family reunion or the last hurrah before the fledglings leave the nest. Whatever the milestone, what could be better than marking the occasion with a memorable adventure.
You’ll make lifelong memories
Whether it’s taking your first sleeper train together, spotting elephants or sampling incredible street food, you can’t put a price on the memories that travel experiences can create. Put it this way: we rarely remember the toys we were gifted, but those holidays with loved ones stick with us.
Quality time together
How often does everyone get the chance to hang out together – and we’re not talking about those fleeting Sunday visits. According to research, nearly fifty percent of grandparents wished they’d gone on a multi-generational holiday with their own parents and children. And almost 40% were planning to book more multi-generational holidays in the future, with “quality time” being a big reason to do it.
Learn from each other
The science is out: When older adults spend time with younger generations, a sense of purpose is cultivated – and the benefits go in both directions. Multi-gen holidays can offer kids positive attention and mentoring while older adults gain opportunities to learn something new – whether it’s trends or new technology, while also seeing a different perspective through younger eyes.
Stretch the pennies
There’s no getting around it, family holidays have evolved. Far-flung destinations are now more accessible than they once were. Long haul family getaways now come with even bigger experiences – and a bigger price tag. It can take time to save the pennies. But bigger groups mean more of the costs can be shared out. Handy!
More hands on deck
Holidaying with grandparents and other relatives can mean that parents have more support when it comes to childcare. And while parents get some space, grandparents (or uncles and aunties) have the chance to spend quality time with the younguns. We call that a win-win!
Top 3 destinations for multi-generational family holidays
Ecuador is a wonderful destination for multi-generational family holidays. It may be a small country but it’s mighty in terms of its scope of activities and experiences – there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s exploring the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest or soaking in the natural hot springs of Baños. Ecuador’s rich heritage is also a massive draw for culture buffs, with the chance to visit indigenous communities and learn about traditions and way of life.
Oh, and let’s not forget the breathtaking Galapagos Islands, where you can come face to face with unique wildlife found nowhere else on earth.
Costa Rica truly is a gem, perfect for families and multi-generational groups! Despite being located in the heart of Central America, the country boasts exceptional infrastructure and is incredibly welcoming to travellers. From adventurous teens to nature-loving grandparents, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here. And let’s not forget the incredible wildlife – it’s sure to leave you awestruck no matter your age.
This one’s an oldie but a goodie! Of course…It’s Thailand! Often considered the hallmark of family holiday destinations, and it’s easy to see why Thailand is a solid choice for families! With an impeccable blend of adventure, wildlife, culture, and natural beauty, it’s got something for all ages. From the lively markets and sizzling street food stalls, to the glistening temple stupas; there’s floating rafts, elephant parks, world-class cuisine and top-drawer beaches. Need we say more?
With lush rainforests, amazing wildlife and a long and fascinating history, Belize is another cracking destination for a multi-generational family holiday. From exploring ancient Mayan ruins to snorkelling off incredible reefs, there are endless opportunities for adventure and education. The safety, accessibility, and welcoming nature of the country make it especially ideal for families.
Are you ready for an unforgettable family adventure? We’ll help you plan a trip that the whole gang will love.
Get in touch to start planning your three generational holiday today!