Destination Family Reunions: Planning a Multi-Generational Vacation
Most family reunions used to be all the same sort of routine, with everyone meeting up in an uninspiring location and often being subjected to some trays of boring sandwiches followed by regular checks of the watch as the dull surroundings stifle the conversation.
Maybe not all family reunions are that cheerless for sure but when you consider the wider range of destinations and the range of accommodations that are now available, there really is no reason organize a get together that does not have everyone excited to be there.
One of the best ways to ensure that the family reunion is a great success is to not try and take on the task of organizing the event all by yourself.
It is often a much better idea if you pool your resources and work at putting the family reunion together with a few of you working as a team, using each other’s skills and talents to work on different aspects of the event.
The sort of teamwork that gets the job done is to use someone with an accounting background or a head for figures, to take care of the finances and choose someone to work on putting the entertainment package together.
Organizing a large family reunion is not something you want to try and do alone, so get a team together of other family members, to increase the odds of a successful and memorable event.
The travel industry has seen a big increase in bookings of multi-generational family getaways and there is a good reason why this has become a major trend in travel, it works and everyone has a great time.
The key aspect of planning a family reunion is the fact that your goal is to find a venue and some activities that appeal to all ages. All families are different and while some will want to head to a beach location others will be more excited by the prospect of an activity-filled getaway.
The total cost of the trip including accommodation and entertainment has to be a figure that everyone is comfortable with, although it does seem that in some families, the grandparents are happy to pay as the Boomer generation have some wealth and want to spend more time with their grandchildren.
Depending on who is paying or how the cost is being split, might determine who gets the final say on whether you head for the beach or horse-trekking.
Mind the age gap
Family reunions are primarily about everyone getting together and catching up with all the news but if you are spending a few days or a week together, you will obviously want to plan some activities and entertainment.
Try to plan something for everyone, bearing in mind that things will go well when the kids are being entertained and Grandma and Grandpa might not want to go hiking or biking or it might be just too physical to handle.
There is nothing wrong with maybe organizing a game of golf and a spa day for different age groups or interest, then getting together in the evening for some more group socializing.
Planning a multi-generational reunion and vacation can be very rewarding, when you see everyone having a good time and catching up on all the family news.
Jacquelyn John works as a travel planner. She has a large family to look after in her spare time and also finds time to write for a variety of different travel and consumer websites.