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Multi-generational holidays can add to the experience

Multi-generational holidays can add to the experience
15 Sep 2014

More and more Brits are now taking holidays as part of a larger family group, and it's helping to add to the overall experience, according to a report published in the Telegraph. 

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance's study into the holidaying habits of Brits found that some 12.5 million people (18 per cent) in the UK have taken a '3G holiday' - one where at least three generations of a family go on a trip together - in the past year alone. 

While it may sound stressful to have three generations all on a break together, according to the poll, 80 per cent of those who had taken a 3G trip said that it had enhanced the experience as a whole. 

While more and more younger people take the chance these days to go off on a backpacking holiday alone - normally in their gap year - it seems that for families, the chance to spend time together as a larger group is the biggest factor in their decision about where to go and who with. 

Sixty-six per cent of those who were surveyed by Sainsbury's Travel Insurance said that the reason for taking a 3G holiday was so they could spend time with their relatives. Another 26 per cent said they were making up for lost time and not being able to spend time together as a family at home due to having a busy schedule or living far apart. 

Almost a third of respondents said a 3G break was more enjoyable than a conventional holiday overall, while 19 per cent added that it reduced stress to have a number of generations there, because they felt they could relax more. 

Teresa Machan, Telegraph Travel Cruise editor, said the rise of 3G breaks is also down to the fact there is now something for everyone in some of the most popular destinations and holiday types. 

"The sheer variety of distractions on board - from rock climbing and zip-lining to amateur dramatics and cookery schools - means even the most discerning of families is catered for. Most larger cruise lines run clubs for children of all ages and the spas are popular," she said. ADNFCR-408-ID-801748418-ADNFCR

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