In Part 1 of this blog, we talked about the growing popularity of multigenerational family vacations.
With busy work schedules and countless commitments, it’s challenging for families to find time to connect on a deeper level. Extended families are also more geographically dispersed than they have been in the past.
Vacation plans that are expanded to include multiple generations of family have all the benefits of taking time to recharge as well as the opportunity to enrich family bonds.
In this blog, we’ll provide suggestions for planning the best multigenerational vacation for your family. Plus, our Private Wealth advisors have compiled a list of our favorite trip ideas to help you jumpstart your planning.
Two Important Multigenerational Travel Tips:
- Get input from everyone involved. In the early stages of planning, make sure everyone’s interests and preferences are taken into account. You could even create a family vacation planning committee or encourage each family to pitch ideas to the group.
- Choose the right destination and accommodations. Consider the ages, interests and abilities of all family members when you choose a destination. Aim for places that offer a variety of activities to suit different interests. Also think about lodging options: Would your group prefer a large vacation home with shared spaces or separate hotel rooms or villas?
Our Favorite Family Trip Ideas
1. Beach Vacation
Beach vacations or resorts are great for multigenerational family trips because they offer relaxing and low-stress options that accommodate different activity levels and interests. Younger kids love playing in the water and the sand; everyone enjoys lounging in the sun and reading a book; and the thrill seekers can scuba or snorkel. Plus, most destinations offer a wide range of dining options and fun attractions.
Some of our favorite beach destinations include:
- St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean
- Santorini, Greece
- Cayman Islands
- Maui, Hawaii
Advisor Recommendation: Dave Arens – Scuba Diving in Turks and Caicos
2. Lake House
Whether your family owns a lake house or you rent a property, lake vacations are a favorite for secluded environments that offer a variety of activities. The possibilities for adventure and creating cherished memories are endless, with options such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking and gathering around a campfire.
Advisor Recommendation: Abby Arcishewsky – Lake Okoboji, Iowa
3. Road Trips
A family road trip can be an exciting and adventurous way to explore new destinations together, such as national parks or historical landmarks. The ability to stop and sightsee along the way provides a sense of freedom and spontaneity that other types of vacations may not. And conversations shared in the car can help family members connect and bond.
Advisor Recommendation: Brett Halley – “Griswold-Style” Family Vacation
4. Get Outside: Ski, Hike, Hunt or Camp
A vacation centered around outdoor activities allows everyone to unplug from technology, enjoy a change of pace and pass along environmental values. Grandparents can teach their grandchildren their fishing secrets, while parents introduce their children to new skills and activities. Skiing and hiking are fun ways to keep everyone active. And hunting trips can offer opportunities to bond and further family traditions.
Advisor Recommendation: Chris Casey – Find a Place to Unplug
Advisor Recommendation: David Holtorf – Breckenridge, Colorado
5. International Tourism
International excursions provide unique and unforgettable family experiences. Traveling to a different country allows family members to bond through new experiences, new cultures and new foods. These trips can also be educational, as family members learn about the history and customs of the destination country. While international travel can be more challenging to plan, with the right preparation, the memories are certain to last a lifetime.
Some of our favorite international vacations include:
- Norway and the Baltic Sea
- Whistler, Canada
- Tuscany, Italy
- Saint-Tropez, France
Advisor Recommendation: Wendy Brekken – London