We are a traveling family. E and I love taking R on trips where we can relax, learn about different cultures and have fun as together. Between E and I we don’t have much time off so we often combine family and vacations and travel with extended family.
Traveling with parents, siblings etc can be stressful but if you do it properly, multi-generational travel can be loads of fun. We’ve been on a few trips with my parents and a couple with E’s mom and sisters. This type of travel is great for both the young and old family members. It’s wonderful to have some help with watching the little ones and kids give everyone around them bundles of energy.
Stress Free Travel with Extended Family
To make travel with extended family stress free and as enjoyable as possible consider these helpful tips:
Plan as Much as you Can
Before you head out on your inter-generational family holiday, plan as much as possible ahead of time. Think about some of the following key issues:
- Where will everyone stay?
- Should you stay at the same hotel or different hotels?
- Would it be easier to rent a house or a condo and stay in the same place together?
- If you decide to stay at a hotel will it fit everyone’s needs?
In the winter we traveled to Maui with my parents. We started off at the same hotel but decided that we’d switch along the way to a different hotel in the same area. The first hotel was lovely but didn’t have much in the way of kids activities and with R we wanted something a bit more kid friendly. We also wanted a small kitchen so we could eat in the room when necessary.
This worked very well for us and this type of arrangement might work for you and your extended family as well.
- Will everyone go together or separately?
- Do you want to stay for the same length of time?
Again, these questions are best answered early on so that there’s no confusion or differing expectations.
Think about the family members you’re traveling with. Do you think that Nana wants to go zip lining or that the little kids want to go to the lavender fields to learn how to make perfume? When traveling with extended family you have to think about all of the generations and what they might be interested in doing (or not doing).
Why not plan some activities together and others separate? That way everyone will be taken care of.
Give Everyone Space
This is a holiday for everyone. Just because you travel with your family doesn’t mean that they’ll want to babysit your kids the whole time. It’s important to remember that everyone is looking to relax and chill out and those feelings need to be respected.
Of course it’s wonderful to spend time with the family, but it’s also important to give everyone some time on their own as well as together.
As with everything involving family, compromise is key. When taking a vacation with your extended family, chill out, keep calm and have fun. If one person wants to go one place for dinner, go and then choose where to go the next day. If it’s not the greatest restaurant, that’s ok. It’s vacation and time to relax not time to stress about minor details.
Do you ever travel with extended family? Do you have any tips on how to make it go smoothly? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
For more travel tips and hacks check out these posts:
- Secrets to Traveling with Kids
- Taking a 4 year old to Disneyland
- Don’t forget these 15 things on your next Family Beach Vacation
- 7 Kid Friendly Activities in Maui
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