Group travel isn’t anything new – from student travel groups to senior travel groups, people have traveled in packs for many years. However, recently, there’s been more of a trend toward family group travel – as multiple generations of families are now going on vacation together. Sometimes, it’s the best way for a family to maximize their vacation time – with only a few weeks off, family group travel allows them to see a new destination and see their family. Or, other times, Grandma and Grandpa want to enjoy a special destination, like Walt Disney World, with their grandkids. If you are considering a family group travel trip, here are some multigenerational travel tips to make sure it goes smoothly.
Consider whether you want to stay all together
Depending on your family, and how many people are traveling, you may want to book separate hotel rooms or a family vacation home. There are countless vacation homes available where your whole family can stay together but still have your own rooms. On the plus side – Grandma and Grandpa can help you with the kids! But, you may also want to have your own space, so you should definitely consider that when choosing your multigenerational accommodations.
Consider proximity to the attractions that you plan to visit, so that some family members can stay back at the room/house if they don’t want to do any particular activity. For instance, if you are planning a multigenerational trip to Walt Disney World, you may choose to stay at an on site hotel for the convenience.
Plan activities wisely
Perhaps Grandma and Grandpa aren’t interested in spending the entire day at Walt Disney World. Remember that when you travel with multiple generations, you are probably going to be dealing with multiple interests and schedules. Incorporate some “choice time” so that everyone stays happy. Plan some time together, and some time separately. It’s also a good idea to combine families when splitting up. Maybe the thrill seekers go with one group, while those who want to relax can go with a separate group.
Think about tours
Whether it’s a full group tour or just individual city tours, a tour bus is a great way to keep the whole family together without having to rent a large minivan. Group trips are great because they appeal to a wide variety of interests.
Cruises are another great option, because there are so many fabulous family-friendly activities that are likely to appeal to all members of your group.
You can’t please everyone all of the time
So don’t get too hung up on that.
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