Multigenerational Vacations

 Make Travel Work For All Age Groups

Family vacations, multigenerational vacations, call it what you will.  It seems to be one of the trends in travel that is growing.

We have good friends who rent a house in Lake Tahoe, California every summer, and four generations spend a week there.

This is a great way for families who live spread apart to see each other and have vacation too.

I have other friends who take their vacation every summer to go and visit family...


I keep thinking they could plan a multigenerational vacation and have the best of both worlds, just like that first family I mentioned.


Grandparents Are Active Today

Let me clear one thing up right at the beginning.... We've read some articles that say you shouldn't count grandparents out... that today's grandparents are active and engaged.

That's an understatement.

All the grandparents I know are so active their kids would have trouble keeping up with them!

I suppose each group is different, but I think a better sentiment might be that you shouldn't count GREAT-grandparents out....

They also are apt to be active and engaged.

I guess the point is, plan for the activity level of your family, and you'll know how active your parents and grandparents are.

My sister-in-law's family used to take multigenerational vacations camping! And let me tell you those grandparents and great-grand parents really didn't slow anyone down.


Planning Multigenerational Vacations

Everyone should have a hand in planning, especially the youngest generation.

You need to have them vested in the vacation so they won't keep whining, "I'm bored!"

Of course, you need to be prepared for them to ACT bored sometimes.

When we took my nieces on a vacation to Ireland, they pretended to be asleep in the back seat when we went looking for dolmens on the Burren.

Dolmen in the Burren in Ireland

But you know what?

They were pretty proud when they were in school and their teacher ask if anyone knew what a dolmen was...

...and they were the only ones who knew.... AND they could say they had seen one.

(See... they really weren't asleep after all. And when we read the reports that they did for school, we were surprised at how much they had learned.)


Allow Down Time and Away Time

OK... now that I've harped on how active grandparents can be, I'll admit, having different generations along on a trip can pose some challenges.

You have to allow some down time for the slower members of your party, no matter what their age.

You also have to have some wild, active time for young kids so they can "get the wiggles out".

And no one should feel bad if you don't do every little thing together.


It Can Bring A Family Together

On the other side of that... I do have to say that having multiple generations along makes you look at things in a whole different way.

It can make travel more interesting, explaining history to the younger generation, or listening to stories from the older generation.


On family cruise vacations, kids can help sail the ship

Some Ideas...

We've mentioned camping and sharing a house in a lovely location. 

Theme parks are always a good idea...

...We haven't met a kid yet who didn't want to go to a Disney park...

...or a grandparent who didn't want to be there with them.

Cruising is another good venue for getting generations together.

Chris at Reader’s Nudge has written books about Tooten (a funny little dog) and Ter (and curious 13 year old) who travel around the US getting into trouble and solving mysteries.
Maybe your multigenerational vacation can follow them!

Just get creative... get all your family members thinking. 

I'm sure you can come up with something!

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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