Taking your whole family on holiday is not an easy task to pull off, and making everyone happy on said holiday is just as impossible. When the age gaps are so big everyone tends to disagree with each other on what makes a great trip and before you know it, civil war ensues.
Instead of having endless fighting and arguments take note of the following five tips to making your multi-gen holiday wonderfully unforgettable.
A no-brainer for any holiday, regardless of who is going, but when it comes to a multi-gen holiday, I can’t stress just how important planning is, when it comes to having a great time. Every aspect of the holiday, from the money to the daily schedule needs to be set in stone well before you take off.
Having a full-proof plan in place is the only way to make a multi-gen holiday work. For example; you have to remember that some people will want to sleep when others want to be awake, so knowing exactly what to do with your time in a way that benefits everybody is tough, and something that needs to be planned.
- Spread the joy
The most vital aspect of planning your holiday is figuring out what activities you want to take part in, and the only way to make everyone happy and to have a trouble-free getaway is to spread the joy equally.
Split it straight down the middle; it’s not fair if the kids want to go mountain climbing every day, just as it is unfair for the older generations to spend every day in art galleries and wine bars. So, be sure to create an even balance of activities, as well as choosing where to eat and how to spend your evenings.
- Get a house, not a hotel
Getting a house instead of a hotel will not only save you money, but it will also bring the family closer together in a way that a big expensive hotel can’t, and by utilising the shared space you will create an environment that is like a home away from home. For a great choice of home rentals you can head to websites like Stayz.
Spending your evenings together playing board games, and planning the next day, is a lot more fun than being held up in your room with your partner. Plus, getting everyone up and ready for the day’s adventures is always tough on holiday, but staying in a house or an apartment makes it a lot easier to start the day as a group.
- Include everyone
When you have planned the activities portion of your holiday, it is important to include everyone in each activity. Spreading the joy is good but if one group goes out to do something and the other doesn’t feel like it, you will create a divide that can ruin the trip, so include everyone!
Yes, maybe your grandmother doesn’t want to go paintballing, but take her along anyway to watch with the kids who are too young to take part so it feels like everyone is part of a team. The best way to have an unforgettable multi-gen holiday is to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
We all love our families, but even the world’s most perfect family can be insufferable when you are recovering from a 10-hour jetlag!
At moments of high stress and tiredness, remember to remain calm and patient. So when things start to pile up and get on your nerves, take a step back, breathe and reassess the situation.
It can be a little nerve-racking to organise a multi-gen holiday, but reconnecting with your loved ones while abroad, is one of the most incredible experiences a family can have. And if you follow the tips above, you are sure to have an unforgettable adventure.
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