How to plan a multigenerational vacation with your family
More and more, when it comes time to hit the road, it’s a family affair. Not just mom, dad and the kids, but grandparents too.
In 2017, Travel Leaders Group reported that 91% of its more than 50,000 agents booked multi-generational family trips. The trend is not slowing down. What better way to bond than by travelling?
But a lot of planning is required before taking that dream vacation. Start the process here and get ideas on where to find your family’s happy place.
READY, READY, GO!
Choose a leader.
“They will be the go-to person for itinerary, reservations, transfers, insurance etc,” says Lauren Cagner, luxury travel consultant at Protravel International in Westbury. “Consider working with a travel consultant to help streamline the itinerary and booking process.”
Be sensitive to everyone’s wishes, whether it’s preferences for where to go, how far to meet, and activities. Create a questionnaire to find out who wants what. Use this as a starting point.
“Grandma may not want to go white-water rafting, but is interested in a scenic float trip,” Cagner says.
Don’t forget about special needs such as dietary restrictions or physical limitations.
“Arrange wheelchair assistance and meet and greet at the airport, to and from the plane for seniors,” says Shelia Korte, Accredited Cruise Specialist at Cruise Planners in Babylon.
Since everyone in the family may not be in the same financial boat, present a range of affordable options. Planning early saves more time.
Have group chats over the phone, Skype, or whatever works. Above all, be flexible.
“It’s all about the memories you create as a family,” says Cagner.
WHERE TO GO
Ocean Club Resorts, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Grace Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Ocean Club Resorts in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, sits along these turquoise waters. The spacious suites are ideal for families. Enjoy the kitchen, washer-dryer and veranda. Enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, bike rentals, golf, tennis, and horseback riding. Seafari is an interactive environmental exploration game where children identify plants and species. They get bragging rights for completing the game and prizes.
Balmoral Resort, Haines City, Florida
This gated resort is 30 minutes from Disney World and even closer to Legoland and Universal Studios. Three- to six-bedroom homes have kitchens, laundry rooms, private screened pools, free Wi-Fi, and are pet-friendly. There’s a concierge to help with everything from having park tickets delivered to groceries. Resort features pool, water park, mini golf, sand volleyball court, catch and release fishing, arcade and more Again.
San Ignacio Resort, San Ignacio, Belize
The river and jungle view suites have large outdoor living areas with lounge chairs and dining room. Absorb views of the Macal River and rainforest. Have an encounter with an iguana via the Green Iguana Conservation Project on the property. Visit a Mayan temple, watch birds, take a guided rainforest hike, explore botanical gardens, or go horseback riding. Adventurous? Abseiling a 300 foot cliff, zip line at Jaguar Paw. When you’re ready, request an in-room spa treatment.
Maine Windjammer Association, Rockland, Maine
Anyone can have a great time windjamming on a historic sailboat. Think of it as camping at sea. Spot wildlife, sleep under the stars if you wish, share stories, paint the beaches, roast marshmallows and make ice cream while cooking lobster ashore. Indulge your inner sailor, help on board with tying knots or trimming the sails. Each day brings a new island or coastal town.
Barceló Maya Grand Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico
The all-inclusive Barceló Maya Grand Resort aims to please everyone. There’s bowling, 18-hole mini-golf, zip-lining, dancing at One Disco Club for teens, over 22 restaurants, 10 pools, three on-site water parks, the FlowRider surf pool, a paddling pool for children, and the Barcy Kids Club (4 to 12 years old). Barcelona recently opened Ventura Fly & Ride Park. Relax at the U-Spa Wellness & Fitness Center, with its hydrotherapy circuit, saunas and steam baths. There’s a U-Kids spa offering kid-themed treatments and hair braiding. Venture to nearby Mayan ruins, swim in underground rivers or witness a Mayan ritual ceremony.
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