Thinking about heading on a holiday with the whole family in tow? You’re not alone. There’s a new trend on the rise, with multi-generational travel becoming all the rage. These days, it’s not uncommon to find the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandkids all joining together for a week or two of quality family time. The perfect solution to families who live far apart, a multi-generational holiday offers the opportunity to reconnect in a relaxed environment. Many are choosing to celebrate a milestone event away from home, from birthdays to family reunions.
To ensure your multi-generational holiday goes off without a hitch, check out our top 10 tips.
1. Plan ahead
It may seem like a given, but there is no doubt that organising everyone’s schedules can be a little bit tricky. The only way to get around it is to plan ahead. Organise your trip a year in advance, so everyone can lock it in their calendar and organise their annual leave and school holidays ahead of time.
2. Think about the type of holiday
What sort of holiday will suit your family best? A beach holiday is an extremely popular choice, where everyone can unpack and relax. A cruising adventure could also be ideal, with all your accommodation, entertainment and meals taken care of.
3. Choose your destination wisely
Where in the world do you want to go? Getting everyone to agree may be a small hurdle. If this is your family’s first time organising a joint holiday, perhaps a close to home destination would be best. Cruise to the South Pacific Islands or fly to the pristine Whitsundays. An overseas adventure to Asia or even Europe could also be on the cards.
4. Consider your accommodation options
There is plenty to choose from when it comes to big group accommodation. You may find it more affordable to rent a big house or vacation villa that offers separate bedrooms and full laundry and kitchen facilities. On the other hand, it’s hard to go past the convenience of a hotel or an all-inclusive resort. Just be sure to organise separate bedrooms and living spaces where possible – everyone needs their space!
5. Make the most of group discounts
Another bonus of a multi-generational holiday is the group discounts. Always ask if you are eligible for any special offers or take advantage of frequent flyer deals. Resorts may also offer kids eat, play or sleep free offers. Sharing accommodation and meal costs will also make it easier on the hip pocket.
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6. Open communication
This holiday is going to work best if everyone is open and honest. Talk about payment – who is going to pay for what? How will you work out the bills? This is particularly important when it comes to eating out, transport, taxis or purchasing groceries. Be mindful of everyone’s individual budgets and work out expected payments in advance.
7. Share when packing
With so many people joining the adventure, you are bound to double up when packing. Does everyone need to bring separate supplies or can you share? One person can be in charge of bringing a simple first aid kit, while others may be able to share bulky items like laptops or hairdryers.
8. Be mindful of others
Consider the age and health capacity of your fellow travel companions when choosing activities. Be mindful that toddlers and kids need plenty of rest time and will get hungry at the most inconvenient times. Also remember others may not be quite as fit as they used to be, with afternoon naps being not just a great idea for the young ones, but for the older folk too.
Remember you are not there just to be a babysitter. Of course, you love to spend time with the grandkids but this is your holiday too. Clearly communicate when you are available but also when you would like a night out yourselves. Hiring a babysitter or nanny for the afternoon or evening is always an option.
10. Make the most of every moment
This is a special occasion. Don’t be too concerned with the logistics, just relax and enjoy. Spend quality time with your family, try new activities and enjoy discovering a new destination together. The shared experiences will become family dinner conversation for years to come.
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