Young adults are vacationing more with their aging parents
Whether in the shape of staycations or adventurous getaways, multi-generational trips are on the rise, and as older millennials start to form families of their own, maybe the grandkids will get to tag along.
According to an extensive study from tourism research firm Longwoods International, 11.2% of all overnight trips 55+ travelers took in 2016 included at least one child. 8.7% of all overnight trips those 65 and older took included at least one child.
'Multi-generational travel is definitely on the upswing. We've been noticing it for the past several years, whether it's mom and dad springing on the vacation and bringing the adult kids and even grandkids. We're even seeing grandparents take kids off mom and dad's hands,' said Amir Eylon, president of Longwoods International.
Under a cynical lens, it may appear shrewd for adult children to be taking advantage of their parents, but it's arguably not just stemming from selfish motivation for a free trip.
'As they see their children save up to buy their first homes and get on better footing financially. Mom and dad definitely want to treat,' said Eylon. 'And millennials are recognizing that they should be spending quality time with their parents. There's an emerging refocus on being with the family, valuing that time together.'
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