Multi-generational vacations on the rise, AAA says

Heather HunterSurvey shows Americans are using summer vacations as a way to bond and spend time with extended family

ORLANDO, Fla., (June 20, 2014) – School is winding down and temperatures are rising which signals the start of summer vacations According to a recent AAA survey, many travelers will take this opportunity to bond with extended family members, with more than one-third (36 percent) planning to take a multi-generational trip in the next 12 months. This is a four percent increase over last year.

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For more than one-quarter of Americans, these multi-generational trips will include three generations – they will travel with both their children and their parents or in-laws. Another five percent will travel with their grandparents and 15 percent plan to take their grandchildren on vacation.

“Today’s grandparents are active and enjoy exploring the world,” said William Sutherland, AAA vice president, Travel Services. “They value spending time with their children and grandchildren. In today’s fast-paced world, travel affords families an opportunity to spend quality time re-connecting and sharing experiences.”

Planning a multi-generational vacation may seem daunting with the variety of ages and interests to cater to within one group.  But, there are many travel options available to facilitate a trip that will appeal to everyone. A qualified travel agent can help put together customized tours and find resorts which cater to these types of vacations. Cruising is a another option that allows family members to participate in individual, age-appropriate activities, while still providing opportunities to gather as a group for meals, shows, and other onboard events.

“The key to planning a successful multi-generational trip is making sure there is something for everyone to enjoy,” continued Sutherland, “Be sure to have a family planning meeting before you book a trip.”

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

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