grandparents-grandkids-savannah-riverfrontThere’s no doubting that current economic times can be tough to navigate.  The combination of high unemployment and the high cost of living in some markets has forced a number of young people in their 20’s and 30’s to move back home with their parents.  And there’s a similar phenomenon occurring among younger families when it comes to paying for hotel stays and airfares as well.  With travel prices hanging relatively high, it can be hard for a number of parents to absorb the cost of  quality family time with far-away grandparents.  That said, more and more grandparents are now picking up the travel tab to be with their little bundles of joy.

According to a recent report from the USA Today, a growing number of grandparents are treating family members to vacations they may otherwise struggle to afford.  Apparently, nothing – not even the almighty dollar – is keeping families from being together.  So, the next time mom and dad offer to fly you and kids out for a visit, there’s no need to be embarrassed or proud.  Just know you’re not alone and join the crowd.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • With fuel prices on the rise, so are summer airfares.  According to Deutsche Bank analysts, airlines will respond to higher fuel prices this year by boosting fares, running fewer sales and cutting some flights.  Our advice to you for summer travel is to book as early as possible, before the impact of rising fuel prices reaches a climax.
  • Packed planes and a high volume of carry-ons are forcing airlines to expand the space above passenger’s heads.  United and Delta are the latest airlines to replace or upgrade bins so they hold more luggage.  And engineers at Boeing are designing jet interiors with today’s bulkier luggage in mind.  Amen.
  • Delta Air Lines passengers will now be able to shop on Amazon.com from 30,000 feet, using their laptops, smartphones and tablets.  The airline announced a deal today with Amazon that will give passengers on Delta and Delta Connection free access to Amazon.com and Amazonwireless.com through the Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal.  Sweet.