Does the thought of travelling with your parents excite or terrify you? Either way, we have a few tips that will ensure your trip with the entire fam is a memorable one (in a good way).
Multigenerational vacationing is one of the top trends in travel, thanks in part to adults who are choosing to hit the road with their parents. G Adventures, a Toronto-based global adventure-travel company, for example, saw a 12 percent bump in families travelling with adult kids between 2015 and 2016.
Claire Newell, the Vancouver-based author of Travel Best Bets: An Insider's Guide to Taking the Best Trips Ever, says this spike—as well as the increase in kids, parents and grandparents taking trips together—can be attributed to baby boomers who have "time and money to travel with their children and grandchildren."
If a group getaway appeals to your crew, here's how to ensure that your holiday is a hit. First, says Newell, talk about costs before booking to avoid awkward conversations when you're away. Next, designate one family member as the "tour director" who plans and keeps everyone on schedule. Parents: Don't assume Grandma and Grandpa are tagging along to babysit. And finally, feel free to take time apart. "It's healthy to get away from the 24/7 family environment," adds Newell.