Family vacations involving the whole family -- from grandparents to grandkids -- are a growing trend around the world. This may be because family is living farther apart than ever before, making meeting in a common destination a real draw and a cost-effective reality.
Multigenerational vacations can be tricky, but with a little planning everyone can find their groove. Most all-inclusive resorts do an exceptional job creating an environment that offers something for every age from birth to....well, much older.
Tips to make the most of your multigenerational vacation:
- 1. Stay on-site at a resort. This makes travel convenient and worry-free. Often the resorts will have activities that can satisfy every age group too -- arcades, pools, golf courses, shows, etc.
- 2. Agree to times where the whole family meets up, but give the younger generation, Millennials and Generation Z, a longer leash. They will be more likely to seek out adventures, while the Boomers enjoy a more traditional tour with a shorter start and finish time.
- 3. Schedule some space and private time. Activities done during this free time will be great topics of conversation over dinner.
- 4. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to rent an electronic convenience vehicle (ECV). Not only will your feet thank you, so will the more mobile members of your group. A lot places are sensitive to mobility needs and will allow you and your ENTIRE group to bypass the crowd, getting you a better seat or into the attraction much sooner.
- Take time to do the group photos. Do it. And smile. Those family photos are priceless.
The most important part of a multigenerational vacation are the memories made doing things together, creating a unique shared experience. These shared experiences spark conversation and ammunition for embellished stories for years to come. Each generation brings a unique perspective. By sharing stories with each other, you will experience the vacation through one another -- and learn more about each other along the way.
March 17, 2017