Latest trend: gramping

2012-08-27 12:16

London - They're the emergency babysitters called upon to help out hard-working mums and dads in school term-time when things get a bit hectic.

Now grandparents are putting in extra shifts during their grandchildren's school holidays - and are even taking the youngsters away with them, Daily Mail reports.

A recent survey conducted among 1000 British families found that one in four grandparents go on holiday with their grandchildren.

And while this may not seem odd, the types of holidays they choose may surprise.

According to the researches budget breaks such as camping and caravanning came out tops, suggesting that grandparents aren't afraid of a little discomfort, thus the new term ‘gramping.'

The survey's authors said that as well as helping out their hard-pressed children, grandparents are also looking to relive their own childhood holidays and rekindle fond memories with the next generation.

Separate research by the Camping and Caravanning Club reported an eight percent increase in bookings made by people over the age of 55 this year, many of whom have taken their grandchildren with them.

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