Multigeneration Travel is a hot vacation trend in the travel industry. Described as the “top travel trend of 2018” by the Virtuoso Luxe Report, this concept is actually nothing new. People have been enjoying multigeneration family vacations since the mainstream adoption of holiday breaks.
While it can be a wonderful way for the family to bond and create lasting memories, traveling with several generations of family members can have its challenges. Disagreements over activities, food, and other concerns can put a damper on the trip. Here’s five tips to help make planning your multigeneration family vacations easier.
Take Separate Vehicles
Road trips are exhausting. It’s worse when the car is crowded, there’s no room for suitcases and no place to stash toys and snacks for the kids. Taking separate vehicles ensures enough space to stretch out and have room to pack coolers, suitcases, and the kids’ favorite toys.
Multiple vehicles also allow multigenerational family members to travel at their own pace. If you’ve experienced the one family member who is determined to drive directly to the destination versus the one who wants to stop every thirty miles, you know this gets the trip off to a rocky start.
Having separate vehicles at your destination allows each family a chance to be independent. They can explore activities on their own or join in family activities after childrens’ naptimes. It’s also an excellent back-up in case someone has car trouble during the trip.
Choose Accommodations for Your Multigeneration Family Vacations Carefully
What will you need to make the multigeneration trip a success? A play area for the kids? A kitchen to cook meals? Several bedrooms? Several bathrooms? A pool? Take each family member’s needs into consideration.
Do some of the family enjoy staying up late into the night to read or work on the computer? Do others like to retire early? Perhaps you need a separate sitting area. Do some people enjoy star gazing? Perhaps you need a porch, balcony, or deck.
Consider renting a house or a condo instead of staying in traditional hotel rooms. You’ll have more space and the cost is usually cheaper when split between the families. AirBNB is an excellent source to find accommodations. If you choose a house, research the area before renting to make sure it is centrally located to attractions. Also, read the AirBNB reviews left by other guests before booking.
Give Choices For Family Activities
One way to ensure everyone has a good time is to allow each family member to pick an activity. Before the trip, have each family member research the area and suggest two or three places they would like to visit. Have a family meeting and discuss the time needed to explore each activity, the cost, and family interest. Choose at least one suggestion from each family member.
When you arrive at your destination, stop by the local convention and traveler’s bureau for activity suggestion. They may also have discount tickets. This can be a wonderful way to discover off-the-beaten-path experiences.
Plan Time For Individual Activities
Don’t feel the family has to spend every moment of vacation together. Allow each family member to experience the sites they enjoy on their own. Choose one to two nights during the vacation when everyone can go their separate ways. Everyone will be able to spend as much time as they want at their favorite activity without feeling rushed. Plus, no one can complain of boredom.
Build Downtime Into The Schedule
A packed vacation schedule can be exciting. It can also be overwhelming when you’re tired. Don’t feel you have to stick to the schedule. Take impromptu breaks to allow the kids to play on the playground you found. Allow family members to skip out of activities if they’d rather sleep late or take a nap. Plan a picnic or a quiet evening by the pool.
Most of all, relax and have fun. The kids may not remember the attractions you visited, but they’ll remember the excitement and love from spending time with family.