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Multi-generational travel growing in popularity
With the back half of the school year upon us, families are beginning to think about summer vacation plans, where they may want to go and what they may want to do.
In the 1950s and 60s, vacations often meant piling mom, dad and the kids into a station wagon and driving to a beach destination, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls or Disneyland and, in fact, that is still the vacation methodology of choice for a sizeable portion of the population … but certainly not all.
The vacation paradigm is changing
Nowadays there are many more options, and a “family” vacation is more likely to focus on a multi-generational trip that includes grandparents and even great grandparents.
The 2017 Virtuoso Luxe Report, which annually studies emerging developments among travelers, and provides deep insight into vacationing trends, noted a consistent finding. In recent years, there has been a nationwide increase in multi-generational trips where families plan what one might describe as “traveling mini-family reunions.” In the modern economy, where people move with jobs, and families are often separated by a growing number of miles, their time together shrinks, making each minute more precious than ever. Vacationing with the extended family is a great way to make time for one another while making memories.
There is a multi-generational trip for most everyone
A vacation planned on just about any budget can be multi-generational. If you’ve got the time and the money to do it, an exotic trip to a far-flung destination may be just what your family would cherish. Even if this seems like a reach, there are vacation financing options that may not break the bank.
If the primary purpose of your trip is to spend time with family and have a little fun along the way, then there are options where you can have a great experience on a smaller budget. For instance, cruises and all-inclusive resorts offer great opportunities for getaways involving large family groups and can be very reasonably priced. Some national and state parks offer fantastic lodging at incredibly low prices and many feature free or low-cost activities, often amid breathtaking scenery.
From the high-end excursions for the well-heeled to the most affordable trips for the cost conscious – and everything in between – there are thousands of options for your family to consider, which might include:
- Visiting Tiananmen Square and walking on the Great Wall of China
- Skiing in the Swiss Alps
- Taking a boat trip on the Nile River
- Cruising to Alaska
- Touring the sites of New York
- Hiking and fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Relaxing in a lakeside cabin in a state park
Start with the internet, but call on a travel professional
The internet is a great resource to get an initial look at trips that fit your parameters, but travel agencies may be your best bet when it comes to serious planning. They are experienced in booking multi-generational trips and can suggest options you and your loved ones may not have considered. You can give a travel agent your budget and they can provide you with a range of trips and associated activities to consider that fit nicely with what you can afford. They also may be able to secure group packages at prices below what you might obtain on your own.
It is clear that multi-generational travel is here to stay. Is it right for you and your family? Only you and your loved ones can answer that based on the collective sentiments and financial situations.