Planning a Family Vacation: 3 Ways to Go from Rough Waters to Smooth Sailing when Planning Your Multigenerational Family Vacation.
Here you are again (the coolest and most organized member of your family) struggling to keep your sanity as you plan the next family vacation (a task made exponentially more daunting now that Grandma and Grandpa asked to join), and you have no idea where to begin. For the past 10 years this has been me (even before I officially became a Travel Advisor) and I am well aware of how easy planning can become overwhelming spending countless hours going in circles attempting to fulfill every single person’s every single dream. I am currently enrolled in the Engagement and Nurture Marketing Strategies course at Northwestern where I will be using my newly acquired knowledge to help you with this problem by boiling it down to your 3 top priorities to when planning your next Multigenerational Family Vacation.
In Virtuoso’s article, Multigenerational Travel Made Easy: How to Have a Great Trip, seasoned luxury travel advisor Betsy Goldberg advises her clients on how to plan their next family vacation. Goldberg reminds readers to look for a destination appealing on two fronts. The destination must have a good mix of activities and be scenically beautiful. Scenically beautiful is especially important for families traveling with older members of their family. She reminds clients that travelers don’t want to sit still anymore. The want to “experience a destination.” They want everything they’re doing to be interesting and enjoyable for everyone. Goldberg suggests itineraries that include learning a language together or learning to cook a local meal together. Look for opportunities for “genuine connection to the destination.” When planning these activities make sure you find out from each family member what their must haves are and what activities can slide.
In Wall Street Journal’s article, The Multigenerational Family Vacation, Sara Clemence @SaraClemence, discusses the rise of multigenerational vacations. With the rise of a more fit and intrepid set of grandparent baby boomers, many are now beginning to vacation with their extended families. Families are embarking on more adventurous and culturally inclined escapes. Clemence suggests considering the age, interests, and limitations of each family member traveling. Remember, Grandparents want to participate in the vacation not simply sit around babysitting while the younger adults vacation. Pick a location where the kids can be active and the older travelers comfortable like a cruise. When deciding your budget remember a high price tag is not so high when split 15 ways, just make sure there is a democratic assignment of bedrooms if all parties are splitting equally.
The list to plan your perfect family vacation can go on and on but here are the top 3 things to remember when planning your multigenerational vacation.
1. MIX IT UP!
Consider travelers ages, interests, and limitations with a mixture of planned culturally enriching activities AND free time.
2. Who’s Paying?
Avoid unpleasantries and possibly ruining your vacation by NEVER assuming. Plan in advance who is paying for what.
3. Plan the Meals!
Consider officially gathering for only 1 planned meal a day with a “team” in charge for each night of the trip.
Now you’re ready to begin! Create your group email and let the debate between Italy or Alaska begin.
Must dash. Talk soon!
HOLLY MANN: As an Independent Contractor of Vista Travel Consultants, Inc. a member of the Virtuoso Network, my access to the highest quality of vetted global travel partners allows me to create rich, culturally immersive, and liberating travel experiences.