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How To Travel With Grandparents In Tow

Since our boys were born we have had many family holidays with the grandparents in tow. Including a holiday to Portugal with both sets of grandparents. Normally though it is just my parents that come along with us. Are you thinking of a holiday with the grandparents too? Then read our top tips for a smoother holiday.

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How To Travel With Grandparents In Tow

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Own Space

Whatever the accommodation is make sure each set of grandparents has there own room and/or living room if possible. This means then can relax and get away when things get too much for them (it is their holiday too)

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Set Rules

Make sure everyone knows (including the kids) what the rules are. For instance if the grandparents have their own bedroom inform the kids to stay out. If you don want the kids to have certain things then make sure everyone knows. This stops arguments when away. Another thing would be if staying in the same accommodation sort out what chores will be done by who.

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Date Nights

We never do this but if you are expecting the grandparents to watch the kids one night (or more) while you go out, then you MUST ask them before the holiday. You don’t want to make them feel like babysitters. Don’t just assume they will want to babysit.

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Days Out

We always try and have a mix of kid friendly days out (zoo etc) and then something others may enjoy like a castle or a museum. Try arrange timings the night before so you are not stressing out in the morning trying to get kids and grandparents ready on time. Remember the grandparents are there to have a holiday and relax too.

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Discuss who is paying for what. We normally pay  for all our own meals and days out, but if we stop for ice cream or cake then one will pay one day and then the next couple will pay the following day.

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This means they have their own space while travelling. It also is great if they wish to go out for the day by themselves to do something they want to do.

What tips would you have for travel with grandparents in tow? Lets us know in the comments below.

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  1. It can get tricky when planning for everyone but you’ve shared some really excellent tips so that everyone has a good time! Do you travel with the grandparents often?

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes it can certainly be tricky to keep everyone happy. Yes, we can travel several times a year with my parents. We all love spending the quality time together 🙂

  2. We travel quite frequently with grandparents – going to next week! Agree on all of the points – thanks for linking to #fearlessfamtrav

    1. It’s very rare for us not to travel with my parents. As we all work together we don’t get the quality family time together even though we see each every day. So getting away for some downtime really is a nice way to spend a holiday 🙂 Have fun on your next holiday with the grandparents in tow 😀

  3. Some great tips and I know from experience it can be tricky travelling with the grand parents and sometimes feels like you have just gained two more kids (see the tip on chores above). I would echo that you need to agree everything before you book and focus in on what expectations everyone has from the holiday – what do they expect to do, how active do they want it to be, how much quiet time do people expect etc.


    1. Yes sometimes it does feel like you have gained extra children! It can be difficult to keep everyone happy but our tips work for us so thought we would share…especially if it helps others! 🙂

  4. Last year we traveled for six months with our baby. My parents visited us three times for a week. We’re currently planning our next long term trip and they will go along with us for real now. Can totally relate to your tips. Definitely about the rules and the money.
    About the babysitting, however, my parents will babysit a few hours per week so my husband and I can work (we both work location independent). So we do assume they’ll babysit 😉
    Have fun on your next big family holiday!

    1. Ah yes, its good your parents can help watch your children when you and your husband need to get some work done. Its great that you can earn a living while travelling!

  5. It’s lovely that your family all enjoy travelling together.
    But every family and child is different. For us our son was always happy to nod off to sleep in the pram, that didn’t matter if it was in the middle of a busy night market.
    Of course we had the holiday when he was 3 that I had to take him to time out every meal, but having my Dad their wouldn’t have helped – I think would have just put me more on edge as he can’t stand the tantrums.
    Enjoy your family trips I think it’s wonderful that your parents get to enjoy this time with their grandchildren.

    1. Oh yes of course every child is different. My parents can’t stand the boys having tantrums either. However, if they want to go on a big family holiday then its something they have to deal with! haha! Thank you for your comment, hopefully we will have many more family holidays with them.

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