"In a shaky economy," SmartMoney writes, "young adults are taking more trips with Mom and Dad--who are footing the bill." The travel industry even has a name for the new togetherness: multigenerational or intergenerational vacations.
While the downturned economy may foster more of it--so many well-educated young adults; so few jobs--the mom-and-pop financed vacation isn't anything new. Many of us have been doing it for years and for other reasons--from habit or the desire to indulge our children or for the simple pleasure of their company. But now the travel industry is responding with discount packages that foster family togetherness. The SmartMoney article mentions hotels with special deals [such as grandparents stay free] or tours that cater to intergenerational activities.The most popular: wildlife safaris, Alaskan cruises and trips to the Galapagos.
The article also quotes me and references this blog and my post a few weeks ago on the Daddy Indulgence Curve, which talks about the transition from treating everyone for everything on a vacation to letting them pay their own way.