Making Memories: How the whole family can enjoy a trip to together
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.
5. 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.