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30 August 2016, 01:00

Family getaway on gramps

• One in seven over 50s have been on holiday with children and grandchildren
• A third of over 50s pay for the whole family to go away and on average it costs £4,000
• One in six grandparents take just their grandchildren abroad

Generous grandparents are making it possible for the whole family to go away together as one in seven over 50s have been on holiday with their children and grandchildren and a third have paid for the whole trip, according to Saga Travel Insurance*.

Intergenerational holidays are popular with the whole family. Not only do children have their choice of people to play with but parents have a built-in babysitter as grandparents are keen to spend time with their grandchildren. This could be why one in ten over 50s say they are planning a holiday with children and grandchildren for next year.

Analysis of data shows the most common countries for family getaways are Spain, USA and France**. Paying for the whole family to go abroad is not cheap as intergenerational holidays costs around £4,000 on average.

Even if parents can’t make the trip grandparents and grandchildren aren’t missing out on some holiday fun. One in six grandparents say they have taken their grandchildren overseas without their parents in the last five years and a further one in ten are planning to do so in the next year.

Saga understands that its customers may want to go on holiday with younger family members. This is why its travel insurance customers can add anyone under 50 years old, including children, on their policy. Furthermore, the whole family doesn’t have to travel together to be insured.

Kevin McMullan, Head of Travel Insurance at Saga, commented: “It’s great to see so many families going away and spending quality time together. A lot of over 50s are making this happen by being so generous and paying for the trip.

“Going on holiday with the whole family is great for everyone. Not only can parents recharge their batteries and enjoy some adult time together as their parents are on hand to babysit, but grandparents can create precious memories playing games by the pool with grandchildren. The real winners of these holidays though are the kids as they get to spend time with all their favourite adults.”


Notes to Editors:
*Populus interviewed 7,945 Saga customers, all aged 50 and over, online between 20th and 27th June 2016. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. For more information visit
**Based on analysis of Saga Travel Insurance data

About Saga Travel Insurance
Saga Travel Insurance is a Which? Recommended provider and Defaqto 5 Star rated. It offers wide-ranging cover including:
• Cover for most pre-existing medical conditions
• Up to £10 million emergency medical cover, which can pay for your return home, if necessary
• Up to £10,000 cover (per person, per trip) should you or your travelling companion have to cancel or abandon your trip
• Up to £5,000 for lost, stolen or damaged baggage so you’re not left out of pocket
• 24-hour English-speaking travel assistance helpline for advice before and while you are away.
• Saga has no upper age limit
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