Multigenerational travel has been a tourism trend for several years now, but what about skip-gen travel? This newer trend often includes grandparents vacationing with grandchildren while leaving mom and dad at home. The rise of skip-gen is attributed to the baby boomer generation, in the midst of retirement, prioritizing travel and family and looking for a way to combine the two. Quite often, skip-gen trips are planned around certain milestones in a grandchild’s life and either include one grandchild or grandchildren from one family, rather than all of a grandparent’s grandchildren.
More and more tour providers are targeting this growing travel group, who require an activity level suitable for both parties, as well as interesting sites and itinerary items capable of captivating two distinct age groups.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, for example, now offers two tours for visiting Mexican cultural destinations while staying at the hotel, specifically geared toward grandparents and grandchildren. One heads to Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan ruins, for a private tour, dining on regional cuisine and swimming in natural sink holes, while the other takes guests to the colonial city of Merida and ruins of Uxmal for an exploration of Mayan art and culture.
Likewise, Thomson Family Adventures arranges tours suitable for groups with a broad array of ages, such as its Costa Rica family vacation, which features hikes through the jungle, lazy river floating and kayaking. Much of the company’s “For Everyone” tours offer similar itineraries suitable for differing activity levels and interests with desirable destinations such as Panama and Israel.
Beyond tours, skip-gen travel also extends to the cruising industry. Many cruise ships offer the perfect combination of children’s activities and adult-friendly offerings for something for everyone in one convenient package. Several cruises additionally provide children’s programming that allows grandparents to enjoy some alone time.
Similarly, many theme parks welcome these travelers, such as Disney World, a classic choice that likely many grandparents and grandchildren were already taking advantage of with or without the parents in tow.
Ultra-luxury and bucket list trips are gaining popularity overall, but the primary audience for these kinds of trips are still those with the discretionary income to afford them — in many cases the grandparents. Quite often, these bucket list trips overlap with unique experiences children and teenagers are sure to love, such as African safaris or luxury dude ranches.
Regardless of where you go or how you get there, the trend promises deeper bonds between grandparents and grandchildren, while giving mom and dad some potentially much-needed alone time to rest, recharge or go on a more adults-only trip of their own.
While large areas of Colorado are experiencing exponential growth with far too many trees being clear-cut (it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country), it’s still the home for great businesses striving to make the world a little greener. Those businesses include Sherpani, creators of women’s day bags, backpacks and travel bags, including a line of sophisticated, beautifully crafted items made from recycled plastic.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
My youngest daughter and I arrived from Barcelona on the high-speed AVE train (in less than three hours) and entered Westin Palace Madrid in time for the Sunday Opera Brunch — which takes place under the stained-glass cupola of La Rotonda, where daily breakfast and cocktails are served. I’d heard about this event on several occasions when I toured the hotel in 2015, and when my granddaughter and I stayed there in 2017.