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8 tips for a multigenerational family vacation

8 tips for a multigenerational family vacation

Multigenerational vacations are a growing trend1, with extended family members holidaying together becoming more common. This style of holiday is a great way for family to spend quality time together, and it also takes pressure off parents needing a break with grandparents on hand to help out with the kids. Cruises, beach holidays, and sightseeing trips are popular options, but multigenerational families can explore other types of holidays too.

If you’re planning a vacation for the whole family, here are some things to keep in mind to create an enjoyable holiday for everyone.

Consider what type of vacation you want

With travel and air tickets more affordable than ever, multigenerational families are spoilt for choice when it comes to the types of vacations they can choose. Consider educational destination tours, weekend trips, cruises, beach holidays, or camping trips.

Interstate holidays can create short yet memorable journeys for the whole family, while longer holidays to exotic locations such as South America can make for precious memories for everyone.

Plan with everyone

Get all members of the family involved in the planning process, so you can create an itinerary every generation will enjoy. Talk to parents about concerns, budgets, and ideas; and get the children's input on what they would like to do on the holiday too. Don't assume everyone will enjoy doing the same thing, and make it clear everyone will get to do something they want at some point during the trip.

Incorporate something for everyone

Cater for different energy levels, and switch up the holiday activities so kids, parents, or grandparents don't go for days without doing something they enjoy. For example, while three days at theme parks might be paradise for children, for the seniors in the family it could be too much.

Including variety is a good way to ensure everyone will enjoy some part of the day, whether it's following up an aquarium visit with an art exhibition, or giving the kids a break at the gift shop after a long, sightseeing car ride.

Take time out

Even the closest families might need time out, so don't be afraid to plan separate activities or time out on your holiday. By scheduling time apart in your itinerary, you could end up finding it much more relaxing than expected.

For example, the grandparents could enjoy a quiet dinner one night, and the kids could skip the museum tour for the afternoon if they would prefer to go to a fair. When you regroup, your family members will have even more to share with each other.

Weigh up accommodation options

Consider accommodation options that are best for everyone’s needs by getting input from each person about what they want. For example, some grandparents might prefer to have their own suite, while others will be fine sharing a large, serviced apartment with the parents and kids.

If you’re planning on cooking your own meals, you’ll need accommodation with kitchen amenities. Location could also be important if you want proximity to restaurants.

Consider the kids

If you’re travelling with kids, consider whether your destinations have less stringent safety standards when it comes to things like playgrounds, children's seats, and balconies. You should also be aware of local customs and laws, as there may be a cultural etiquette element when taking your children out in public.2

Clarify who pays for what

Budget your holiday, and agree with everyone going on the holiday about who pays for what. The adults could each be paying individually, or one party may be happy to cover the air ticket costs while the other covers the accommodation expenses.

By discussing who is paying for what in advance, you will minimise the risk of misunderstanding or having one party being unhappy about the financial situation. Everyone should be able to enjoy the holiday!

Don't forget about travel insurance

The unexpected can happen anywhere, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar environment. Whether someone gets sick, your luggage goes missing, or you lose your wallet, travel insurance ensures you have a level of protection.

Plan ahead

Multigenerational holidays are a wonderful way to spend quality time with grandparents, parents, and children. As with any vacation, a bit of planning and thought is necessary, but it is well worth the effort if you end up with unique experiences and precious memories that last a lifetime.

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  1. Trends that are changing how we travel include 'buddymoons, 'multi-generational' and 'health and wellness' travelNews.com.au
  2. Travelling with childrenSmartraveller