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.
How To Travel With Grandparents In Tow
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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