More grandparents are viewing traveling with grandkids as a way to get some much-needed bonding time. This skip-gen trend is creating an important market for travel advisors, but there are things to know in order to handle it right.
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Skip-gen travel, the new buzzword for grandparents and grandkids traveling together without the parents, is nothing new. You could even apply it to the Disneyland trip I took with my grandmother in 1962. What’s changed is that there are demographic and societal shifts making skip-gen travel an increasingly important niche for travel advisors.
The influx of boomers reaching retirement age means there are more grandparents out there with the time and money to travel. Not only do they tend to be more active than their own grandparents were, but they are less likely to see their heavily scheduled grandkids on a regular basis. Traveling provides the kind of bonding time that doesn’t usually happen at Thanksgiving or other family gatherings.
Travel advisors have a valuable role to play in facilitating skip-gen travel, which comes with its own set of challenges. Seeking input from the kids as well as the grandparents is crucial. Finding experiences that take into account mobility issues, as well as kids’ interests, may also take some digging. Fortunately, more suppliers, including adventure companies, are providing them.
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Photo credit: Grandparents and grandchildren enjoy rafting on a trip with Road Scholar in the Ozark Mountains of the United States. Road Scholar / Road Scholar