We have 3 octogenarian parents, 5 adult children that span the ages from 40 to 21 and one grandchild and consequently have a first-hand understanding of family and multi-generational vacation travel. Family travel, particularly the multi-generational variety has been one of the top trends in luxury travel for several years, and it’s only expected to keep growing.
Traveling around the world with parents, siblings, kids, grandkids, and assorted family members broadens horizons, provides opportunities to reconnect and can be an enriching assortment of shared experiences. Families are realizing that family vacations provide opportunities to enjoy leisurely activities together, to get to know one another better, and to develop more of an appreciation for each other.
However, family vacation travel is not without its challenges. The logistics of planning a family vacation are complicated and travelers recognize the benefits of tapping into a travel advisor’s knowledge and expertise in the early stages of planning travel like this. Contact us today, we have experience and expertise and would like to be your partner in planning a memorable family vacation experience.
To ensure your multi-generational family vacation is fun, safe and rewarding, keep these tips in mind:
- Get the whole family involved. As your travel advisor we suggest that during the planning process we interview as many members of the family as possible so we can make sure everyone’s needs, goals, and dreams are met. A teenager views travel much differently than parents or grandparents.
- Choose your cruise or destination wisely. The key is to plan a family vacation that everyone will enjoy. Let us help by providing ideas, options and alternatives.
- Plan something for all family members. Make sure that activities are carefully selected and are appropriate for all the age groups you are traveling with.
- Keep it short and sweet. A week or two is probably plenty when it comes to multi-generational family vacations. Don’t over plan, keep things simple and allow for flex and personal time.
- Be clear about the budget and financial responsibilities. When putting together all the details, make sure to consider everyone’s travel budget and discuss who will pay for what.
- Give each other space. Even though it is so much fun to travel with family members, everyone needs a little time away from each other. Regroup at the end of the day to share special stories about your experiences.
Capture the precious moments. Since multi-generational trips don’t happen as often as we would like, make sure to grab hold of the memories through pictures and videos.