The Camping and Caravanning Club are expecting another increase in the number of older motorhome owners enjoying a break with their grandchildren during the upcoming October half term break. Their prediction follows the revelation that there has been a 12% increase in the number of older people with motorhome insurance booking pitches on club sites at this time of year. The caravan club think that the increase is in part due to the fact that even though the half-term break is a holiday for both the young and retired, it remains a period of work for a large number of mums and dads throughout the United Kingdom.
The research showed that 40% of the grandparents surveyed admitted that they expect to spend up to £300 on their grandchildren during the half term break. It also showed that 87% of children feel happy after taking a break in a motorhome, so it seems like this trend is good news for everyone involved. Holidaying with two generations might be some people’s idea of hell, but the concept has taken off. The survey of over 1,000 older mobile home owners with young grandchildren found that 75% were planning a summer holiday with them next year. The trend has been called “gramping” and is the latest style of holiday to be given a collective name, following on from so called “glamping” (glamorous camping) and staycations, the trend of holidaying in the United Kingdom.
Over the last three years there has been a noticeable drop in the number of families flying abroad on holiday, because of the recession and what seems to be the ever increasing cost of Air Passenger Duty and fuel surcharges. Research also reveals how spending by older motorhome owners has increased by 20%, while one in five over-65s have taken a camping or motorhome holiday in the past four years. As the role of grandparents continues to grow, motorhome owners clearly feel the industry needs to think about how it will adapt to meet their needs.