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Families cut costs by taking grandparents on holiday

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Almost a third of families have been on a ‘three generation holiday’, taking their parents on holiday with them and the children.

According to research by Churchill travel insurance, three in four people who have been away with all three generations said their parents looked after the grandchildren, with nearly one in five taking their mums and dads away specifically to look after the kids.

Some grateful parents are showing their appreciation for the helping hand grandparents give by paying for their parents’ flights, accommodation, meals and excursions.

According to the survey, the average amount spent on saying thank you was £449.73.

Tom Bishop, head of travel insurance at Churchill, said: “It’s no surprise that ‘three generation holidays’ are so popular. Spending quality time together as a family is important to many of us, so many British families naturally look to extend this to holidays where they can all relax and have fun together.

“Grandparents understand what it’s like to be a parent and at the same time love doting on their grandchildren, so it’s a win-win all round if they can pitch in to let the parents have a night off together.”