GUEST COLUMN: Top tips for a Grandparents’ Day getaway, by Ant Clarke-Cowell

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National Grandparents’ Day is fast approaching (September 11) giving families across the region a perfect excuse to share some quality time.

Taking a family holiday is a great way to share experiences, with ample opportunities to explore, relax and have a laugh together.

However, it can be a challenge to organise an entertaining extended family trip.

So a little preparation and a few neat ideas can help families on holiday to make the most of these precious moments.

Here are my top three tips for a great break:

1. Play Scrabble in the sky

Board games are a fool-proof form of family fun. Playing a travel version of an old classic ensures there’ll be smiles all round as you head towards your destination.

2. Cook local recipes

Learning to cook from your parents and grandparents is a part of growing up. Taking a trip to a foreign country is a great chance for everyone to expand their repertoire, trying local recipes and ingredients.

3. Take it easy

Young and old legs alike can suffer from standing in long queues at airports, so security fast track passes are a good idea to help to beat the crowds.

Meet and greet parking is another great service, which helps you to shorten the walk to the terminal and your car is ready and waiting on your return.

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