10 Tips For Multigenerational Vacations
Multigenerational travel is becoming more and more popular. After all, who better to make memories with than your family?
We have always been multigenerational travelers, whether going on vacation with parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, cousins, or other members of our extended family.
After my 25-years of multigenerational travel experience, here are my 10 tips for multigenerational vacations.
1. Talk Finances First
The first step in planning a multigenerational vacation is to discuss finances. Figure out what everyone can afford and is comfortable spending. Make sure your vacation fits within that budget, and take into account what you will need to buy once you get there (food, souvenirs, activities, incidentals).
Consider giving the gift of travel for Christmas. The past few years, my parents bought airfare for my husband and I to our family vacation destination. It took the financial burden off of us and my parents were able to buy us something that we would definitely use. This is one of my favorite tips for multigenerational vacations.
2. Involve Everyone In The Planning Process
There’s no doubt that planning a multigenerational vacation takes time. Don’t put the burden on one person! Everyone should research the destination and pick out a few activities and restaurants they would like to try.
3. Pick A Destination All Ages Will Enjoy
Hiking Mount Everest or backpacking through Europe are probably not ideal multigenerational vacations. If it is, more power to you and your family!
Take into consideration the weather, amount of walking, and how you will get to your destination. If car travel is easier, don’t pick somewhere on the other side of the country. Is the climate super cold? Make sure everyone is onboard for spending time in those temperatures. If a family member is in a wheelchair, it’s probably not ideal to go somewhere that has uneven roads.
Ask your family members for suggestions. Someone may have a destination on their bucket list that would be perfect for this vacation!
4. Be Patient
This is the most important of our tips for multigenerational vacations. Be patient! Older family members and small children may take longer to do things. They may also need plans changed at the last minute. Be accommodating and remember that everyone is on vacation. Spending time together is the most important factor of this trip.
It also helps to have a good attitude. If things didn’t go the way you planned, tomorrow is a new day!
5. Schedule Time To Rest
You will probably not be able to go from the moment you wake up until you are ready to go to bed. Schedule some time during the day to hang out at the hotel and rest. Everyone will appreciate the break!
6. Book Rentals Ahead Of Time
If someone in your party will be renting equipment (like wheelchairs, strollers, or even a car), do so ahead of time. It will make the trip much smoother when all of the details have already been worked out.
7. Cruises Are A Great Option
Cruising is my family’s favorite way to travel. We like waking up somewhere new every day without having to put in any work to get there. It’s also nice that you don’t have to cook or clean while you’re cruising as you do if you rent a house somewhere.
Cruises are perfect for multigenerational travel because there are enough activities to keep everyone entertained. You can go off and do your own thing during the day and meet up of the evening for dinner and a show. It’s like having scheduled in family time every day!
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8. You Don’t Have To Spend All Day Together
One of the biggest tips for multigenerational travel we can give you, is that you don’t have to spend every minute of your entire vacation together. Take time apart to do the things you like. Want to spend a day by the pool while everyone else goes sightseeing? Sleep in instead of getting up early to go to breakfast? Live your best life!
Don’t forget that this is your vacation, too. If you don’t feel like doing something, speak up. It’s okay to take some time for yourself.
9. Share Packing Lists
Realistically, you don’t need five bottles of Tylenol, four hair straighteners, six cans of hairspray, and eight tubes of toothpaste between all of you. Go through the basic necessities and assign one to each family member. This is especially helpful for those flying to their destination–more room in your suitcase!
Need help packing? Check out our Guide To Packing For A Cruise Vacation or Beach Packing List.
10. Take Lots Of Pictures
Multigenerational travel can be overwhelming because there are so many people involved, but don’t forget to document your trip! One of my favorite tips for multigenerational vacations is to take a picture every night before dinner so it becomes routine.
Although posed pictures are important, candid photos are always some of my favorite.
Enjoy Your Multigenerational Vacation
Well, there you have it, our 10 tips for multigenerational vacations. I hope that our experiences traveling as a family can help you during your own vacation.
If you have any additional tips for multigenerational vacations, please let us know!
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.