According to The Sun, multi-generational holidays are on the rise and they even suggest that 7 out of 10 of us have been on one. With our increasingly busy lives it provides an opportunity to spend quality time with one another, but it can also have the benefit of being a more cost-effective solution to a holiday than all going separately.
Of course the money saving benefits shouldn’t be the reason for a multigenerational holiday, but are a bonus. This is only going to work if you’re happy to be in the company of your other family members for long periods of time. So if you get along like a house on fire, then read on and discover how a multi-generational holiday can help you to spread the cost of a holiday to save you money.
Money saving benefits of multi-generational travel:
Easily afford that luxury villa
Sometimes booking hotel rooms can be an expensive way to travel on a multi-generational holiday, especially if you need to book several separate hotel rooms. It might make visiting somewhere like your dream destination of Florida unreachable, but by going with more family members then suddenly it becomes within reach, especially if you consider booking a villa. It can be more cost-effective to book a large villa with several bedrooms and to split the cost between everyone. By yourself you may not be able to afford a villa, but have always dreamt of staying in one, but by travelling with extra paying adults then it can become much more affordable.
As well as it possibly working out cheaper than a hotel room each, you may also have a private pool, kitchen facilities and many other benefits compared to staying in a hotel. Or even if you could already afford a villa by yourself, perhaps now you can upgrade to that villa with a hot tub or infinity pool you’ve always dreamt of staying in.
Or make it really cheap with Airbnb
If you’re on a really tight budget then Airbnb is a great way to find really affordable accommodation. We’ve managed to secure a three bedroom house in Portugal next year for less than £20 per night, so just imagine how cheap that could be if the kids shared a bedroom and the grandparents came too!
Share the car hire
So long as you don’t need two or more cars for any reason, then you’ll be able to split the cost of car hire between all paying adults too. You’ll just need to upgrade to a multi person vehicle, but this upgrade should be a cheaper solution than hiring separate cars and it may be cheaper than hiring a car if you were holidaying alone.
Or spread the cost of taxis
In a large group it can make taxi travel so much cheaper, even cheaper than public transport, so check out local MPV taxi fares or even Uber rides for your whole group.
Go further afield
By saving money on accommodation and car hire, you could then choose to go further afield to a far-flung destination that you might not have considered before. This will allow you to get the most out of your budget and travel to somewhere you might not have afforded by yourself. Or you can simply make the most of all the savings and keep more money in your wallet!
Take it in turns to cook
Eating out every day and night can be expensive business. When you holiday as a family then cooking can feel like a chore that you want to escape from. With more adults, however, it can begin to feel like more of a dinner party and occasion rather than a slog. Take it in turns to cook each night and make it part of the experience. That way it won’t feel like a chore and it’s also much cheaper to eat home cooked food from the supermarket than to pay restaurant bills every evening.
Multigenerational travel not only allows you to make more memories with your nearest and dearest, but it can be a more cost effective solution too that allows you to save money or have the holiday of your dreams that you might not otherwise afford.