You know the old saying, 'You haven't really seen a place until you've shared it with your grandchildren'? Well this saying is becoming more and more prevalent as increasing numbers of grandparents take their grandchildren away on holiday.
Travel is an adventure, and since grandparents are often retired or do not work, taking the grandchildren on holiday provides more time for the children to be with family, and having a better time than they would if they were in a summer school or stuck inside. Some families even decide to join up, and have the parents join the grandparents and children for the last leg of the holiday - allowing for some important family time.
When parents are present, it's natural for the children to immediately turn to them first. Without the parents there, the grandparent-grandchild interactions change. Some grandparents have reported that their grandchildren are a lot better behaved when the parents aren't there, but I wouldn't bet on it. The chances of you having at least one meltdown or tantrum in the time that you are away is relatively high, although working through it together and coming out the other side can make the grandparent-grandchild relationship stronger.
Another benefit of travelling with just your grandchildren instead of as a huge family unit is money. You're more likely to book less rooms and places for dinner, spend less whilst out as well as simplifying travelling arrangements.
The Home Office strictly states that if you are travelling with a child under the age of 18, and you are not the child's parent and do not appear to be the child's parent (ie. you have a different surname), staff may ask a few questions to establish your relationship with them. Carrying written evidence of this relationship or even having documents explaining the reason for travelling will help speed up this process. Evidence could include a copy of a birth or adoption certificate detailing your relationship with the child; divorce or marriage certificates if you are the parent but have a different surname, or a letter from one of both of the child's parents with their contact details, giving consent for the child to travel with you.
Keeping your energy up
It's incredible how much energy children have, and keeping up with them can prove to be tricky, especially if you're not used to it, so how do you do it whilst travelling with them? Well, Alpha have found out about some strategies which can help you fight those feelings of tiredness so that your trip isn't compromised.
Going on holiday with children can be pretty busy and can pass by as a blur, especially if you're constantly doing something. It's important that both you and your grandchildren have travel insurance cover, as if something goes wrong, you don't want to be faced with a huge bill at the end of everything. Take a look at Alpha's family travel insurance for more information.
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