Fancy a spot of Gramping? How to go wild with the Grandkids

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Posted on: 21 March 2016 by Jade Attwood

A focus on the recent trend of 'Gramping': what is it and how can over 50's get involved?

Though you may not know it, there’s a good chance you’ve already been ‘gramping’. One of the fastest growing trends in the caravanning and camping world, gramping is changing the way that people holiday for good. 

As well being a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors, gramping is the perfect opportunity for different generations of a family to have fun and create memories together. If you’re looking for a great way to spend some quality time with the grandkids and enjoy some fresh air, gramping could well be for you. Keep reading to find out more.

What is gramping?

Gramping is a new trend that sees multiple generations of the same family go camping or caravanning together. Whether it’s in the back garden, a nearby campsite, or halfway up a Welsh mountain, getting together and having fun is what gramping is all about.

Though the trend emerged in Australia, its popularity is growing fast in the UK and more and more grandparents are packing their sleeping bags, rolling up their mats, and going camping with their grandchildren than ever before.

In fact, a recent survey by Netmums showed 75% of families with young children were planning on taking the grandparents on a summer getaway. That’s a huge increase of 325% over just two years!

Go Gramping

Camping or caravanning with the family is a fantastic way to spend quality time with the children and grandchildren, there are a few things you need to consider before you wander into the wilderness.

Location

The first thing you’ll need to consider is location. Even if you’re in great health, a long drive to a campsite on the other side of the country, or a flight to an exotic destination can take its toll. If you’re travelling with young children, a long journey won’t do anything to improve their moods or soothe their often fragile tempers.

Instead of choosing a far-flung destination, opt instead for somewhere a little closer to home. Almost everywhere in the UK is within easy reach of the coast or an area of outstanding natural beauty, so why not take the strain out of travelling and make the most of the countryside on your doorstep?

Keeping kids occupied

When it comes to family holidays, the busier kids are, the better. Ideally you should choose a campsite that has a good range of facilities including both indoor and outdoor play areas.

As it’s always fun to get out and explore the local area, do a bit of research about your destination before you hit the road. Try to find out about child friendly activities in the local area like zoos, farms, castles, or theme parks.

Activities like cycling, walking, and sailing are also fantastic as they’ll get the grandchildren out into the fresh air and help them work off their excess energy. It’s also a good idea to bring a few games along on the trip. The more activities you have up your sleeve, the easier it will be to keep kids occupied for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility

If you or your partner have mobility problems, it’s essential to check the accessibility of your chosen campsite. As gramping becomes more popular, more and more sites are developing specialist facilities to cater to adventurous grandparents, giving families a better choice of destinations for their getaways.

Ask whether there are lots of stairs around the site, how far the toilets and showers are from your pitch, and how close you can take your car to your tent or caravan. If you’re hiring a caravan, make sure that it’s suitable for your level of mobility, and you have the right insurance to cover your trip.

Costs

Camping and caravanning both offer fantastic value for money. Though some sites are more expensive than others, in general, this is the most affordable way to take your grandchildren on holiday.

You can keep costs down even further by cooking your own meals. Get the grandchildren involved in prepping breakfast, lunch and dinner to lighten your workload and get them excited about food.

Benefits

Fun, affordable and unforgettable, gramping is a fantastic way to spend quality time with your grandchildren, introduce them to the great outdoors and make memories you’ll treasure forever.

If you’ve been inspired to pack your bags, grab the grandkids and hit the road, why not book a camping trip of your own this summer and make 2016 a year to remember?

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