When you are travelling solo, there is not much you have to worry about in terms of planning and picking the right activities. After all, the whole point is that you do what you desire! However, when it comes to travelling with multiple generations, from parents to your children, it’s a different ball game altogether. While traveling with the whole family is a great joy, it does present numerous challenges. It’s important to take everyone’s choices and preferences into consideration, striking the perfect balance between ensuring everyone enjoys and no one is bored.
We’ve made a quick checklist of things you must run through before planning that big family getaway. Get it out of the way, so all you are left to do is have a vacation that’ll make it to your book of memories!
The money talk
It is always easier for one person to spring for expenses and then split expenses. However, it is important that you have this talk. Who is going to book the tickets, who is going to pay the hotels, who will pay for lunch and dinner and other expenses along the way. Are you going to maintain an expense sheet? No matter which route you take, our strong suggestion is that don’t split expenses every time you are out. Let one person pay, put it somewhere for accounting purposes later. It’s time consuming and a logistical challenge to collect change from every person at each point of spending. Appoint a point person for these tasks and split the expenses to make things easier. However, having this talk and sorting this element out is extremely important.
If you are traveling with aged parents and young children, the requirements will vary greatly. Do your parents need ground floor accommodation or need wheelchair assistance? Make sure you tell the hotel in advance. Do your children like swimming? Then pick a place with a pool. So, pick accommodation that can service both and ensures that everyone involved is comfortable.
Do not over plan
Yes, you may be overly excited about your holiday and may want to plan up to the smallest details. However, if you do so, prepare to be disappointed as your children are going to be the first ones to bail. Children are unpredictable, and you have to give your parents time to breathe and not breathe down their necks constantly to abide by what you have planned. While plan the big moves, let the nitty gritties take their own pace.
Let everyone have fun!
Plan something special for everyone. You do not have to be together all of the time. Your parents may want to visit the museum or enjoy a relaxing dinner by the sea. Your wife may want to indulge in some spa time and your kids may want to kick back in the pool.
Let us help you plan the ideal holiday that spans across generations seamlessly and ensures that all of you come back with a bagful of happy memories. Call us!