Navigating the World of Multigenerational Travel
Ever thought of taking the kids, parents, grandkids, siblings, and cousins on a super-sized family vacation? Multigenerational travel is gaining popularity and can offer richer, more memorable experiences for the entire family.
But it's not without its challenges. Read on for tips on multigenerational travel to help make your large family excursion as seamless and memorable as possible.
Be sure to consider the needs, interests, and concerns of everyone on the trip. Every family will likely have a wide range of activity levels, capabilities, medical or nutritional needs, and sleep schedules.
It's essential to keep these needs in mind and hear each family member's perspectives. While everyone might not be able to have their way 100% of the time, it should still be an enjoyable experience.
Consider Working With a Travel Agent
Travel agents have the expertise to tailor your options and help you find the best family-friendly resorts and activities. You can also be sure they know about any travel restrictions or best-kept secrets you should know.
Face Your Finances Ahead of Time
Avoid awkward misunderstandings by deciding upfront—as much as possible—who is paying for what. Break down the travel budget from transportation to accommodations to meals and ensure everyone understands their portion of the financial responsibility.
"To be able to keep your financial life in order on your trip, the best thing to do is create a budget." – Anton Brandberg, "10 Financial To-Dos Before Going on a Trip"
Change up the Groups and Take Time Apart
Going on a large family trip doesn't mean you have to spend all of your time together. It's essential to take time alone, or at least in smaller groups, to decompress. Switching up the groups and allowing different family members to visit and interact with each other
may also be beneficial.
Remember: that also goes for the kids, who often room together on group trips. Even if they're having fun together, allow them some time away from potentially overstimulating environments.
Doublecheck Those Headcounts
Messing up the headcount and leaving someone behind might make for a classic 1990s comedy, but it's not so great for your real-life family trip. Do your best to plan so you can take your time and not have to rush from place to place.
Don't Forget to Relax and Cherish Your Time Together
Planning a big trip with many moving parts can start to feel more like project management and less like fun. It's natural for such a large undertaking to feel stressful at times, but remember why you had this idea in the first place.
The memories you'll be making with your family are irreplaceable. Remember to practice mindfulness and gratitude around your loved ones, whether at home or far away.