Tips for Planning Multigenerational Vacations

By Diana Rowe – Traveling Grandmom

With the U.S. population becoming more mobile than ever and many children moving far from home after leaving the nest, distance has separated many families. Although I’m fortunate to have two daughters and two grandchildren who live nearby, I’m no stranger to separation with one daughter in Boston and another in Oregon with my remaining three grandchildren.

Almost three years ago, I joined the multigenerational family travel boom and planned a tropical vacation to Playa del Carmen, inviting close family and close friends ages 2 to 62. We were hooked and followed up with another Mexican beach vacation last summer. I’m counting the days until we travel together again in 2013.

Over the past decade, multigenerational travel has progressively become more important and popular. In 2011, a Preferred Hotel Group study reported that 40 percent of U.S. leisure travelers (20.8 million people) took a multigenerational trip in the previous 12 months. Family moments are increasingly precious and rare, and uniting the clan together for a shared vacation creates unforgettable memories.

Coordinating memorable family vacation requires extensive planning and compromise. What’s the family travel planner to do-and how do they plan a trip for diverse family personalities at destinations that offer something for everyone without breaking the bank? Click here to find out.

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