Even your grandma will love these travel ideas: here’s our multi-generational vacation guide
We’ve all missed quality family time during the pandemic, and most of us have really, really missed going on vacation.
Now that most restrictions have been eased in Europe, many of us are looking to bring the whole gang along when we go, with multi-generational holidays increasing in popularity.
Yes, that’s right, not just you and your immediate family – take your grandmother, aunt, nephew or granddaughter – 2022 is the year of the big family getaway.
But how on earth do you choose a destination that suits everyone? Here are some of our favorite options to suit all ages.
Travel together at no additional cost
If you have a car full of people (or even a dog) crossing the English Channel using Eurotunnel Le Shuttle could be a cheaper way to travel.
Unlike taking a flight, where you pay per person, here you pay per vehicle, so it’s a great way to travel cheaply if you’re taking the whole gang.
Prices start from €60 per vehicle up to 9 people.
Surround yourself with nature in Limousin, France
Domaine des Etangs in Limousin, France is a converted private house surrounded by over 1000 hectares of protected countryside which has recently been transformed into a unique hotel.
There are a variety of accommodation options, including six farmhouse cottages perfect for a comfortable and private multi-generational break. The Domaine des Etangs itself is an old family home. Everything here – including two pools and a vegetable garden – is centered around quality time spent together as a group, making it the perfect playground for families.
For younger travelers there is an outdoor wooden play area and a vegetable garden to explore. In addition, a guided tour of the farm allows children to meet the cows of the Estate among other farm animals.
There is also a wide choice of indoor activities including a spa, the Moulin des Etangs. Here, kids can join the grown-ups in the family for pampering with kid-friendly massages inspired by farm animals and mini manicures or pedicures.
Easy access to the beach in the Algarve
Pine Cliffs is a five star resort in Portugal with eight swimming pools and 11 restaurants. It also has one of the biggest kids’ clubs in Europe, so if you want to have a good time with adults, the little ones will have plenty to do.
If there’s someone in your party who might struggle with stairs, Pine Cliffs has a convenient elevator that bypasses the 110 steps to beach level. This route is however not fully accessible as there are still a few steps on the way from the lift to the beach.
There’s a towel shack and restaurant right on the sand, which means you’ll have a lot less to carry around. Plus, there’s a handy app for ordering drinks and snacks right on your lounger so that once you’re at the beach, you’ll be ready for the day.
A weekend getaway to York
The historic city of York is a great place for a long weekend with the whole family. You can travel by train from most major cities in the UK and once there you can walk virtually anywhere in the city. This means you don’t have to worry about getting everyone into the car or finding parking.
The National Railway Museum is free and a great way to fill an afternoon. There are also often traveling exhibitions, so find out before you go. Another great option for a day trip is central Jorvik. Although it can be expensive for a short visit, visitors learn all about the fascinating city of York. viking the story.
If you fancy a treat, why not head to The Grand, York for afternoon tea? Here, they offer a special kids’ afternoon tea that swaps earl gray and fancy pastries for donuts and milkshakes to satisfy all ages.
In the evening, there are ghost walks with family friends in the city center to tire the little ones out before bed. Or, if you fancy a night away from the kids, you can book the Grand’s babysitting service and the adults can take advantage of some of York’s independent craft beer and cocktail bars.
Go to the mountains in Switzerland
By now we all know how much the Swiss mountains are. The Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps is an excellent holiday destination if you want to appreciate this beauty.
The Jungfrau is the highest railway station in Europe, but the extensive rail network makes it easy to reach the mountains. Here there is a glacier viewing area as well as ice caves to explore all year round.
For the more active people in your group, there’s hiking, mountain go-karting, zip-lining and even skydiving – and of course winter skiing. However, those with a little less energy can still see much of the mountains, enjoy food with a view, and meet the rest of the group using the Eiger Express Lift.
There are also plenty of accommodation options in the area. Interlaken, the larger of the cities, is generally a bit cheaper and has all the amenities you could possibly need. If you want to go further into the mountains, there is also Grindelwald or Wengen, a car free city reachable by train.
Dolphin Watching in Jersey
If you’re considering a trip to Jersey this summer, a day on a boat exploring the island’s beautiful coastline and spotting wildlife might be for you.
Jersey Seafaris offers a variety of excursions around the Channel Islands. If you have your whole family with you, you can even rent your own boat and design the perfect day.
In just 30 minutes by RIB boat, you can travel to France to enjoy a luxury picnic or barbecue, paddle boarding and games on the beach.
On the way back, watch for dolphins and sealed or even stop at a private sandbar for a glass of champagne (for adults, of course).
A great go to pub is Shropshire
Going to the pub may not immediately feel like the ideal family vacation, but be patient, this one is a little different.
The Boar’s Head at Bishop’s Castle in South Shropshire was once a pub. From the outside it still looks like one but inside it has been converted into self contained accommodation. The bonus is that it still has its working bar so you can get yourself a few pints.
It’s a great option if you have a big family that wants to stay together as it can accommodate up to 23 people. There’s also an industrial-sized kitchen for cooking up a family feast.
For on-site entertainment, The Boar’s Head has an air-hockey table, pool table and foosball table as well as on-demand karaoke, an old-fashioned jukebox and a film screening area.
Outside, there’s a giant hot tub in the beer garden dotted with fairy lights, perfect for enjoying an al fresco drink.
Bishop’s Castle, where the pub is located, is a dedicated walker town with a multitude of routes through the Shropshire hills. Quirky buildings, including a flower-strewn cottage and a painted “zip” terrace, are worth seeing.
The town is also home to a “poetry pharmacy” which offers a sort of personal poetry and book shopping experience with a particular focus on helping the mental health of their customers. It’s designed to look like a Victorian pharmacist, and while you might not need its unique services, it’s worth checking out when exploring.