On July 29th we gathered together for our weekly twitter party to talk Family Reunion Travel. We covered ideal locations, dealing with difficult relatives, and who should pay. Read on for a recap of the night’s conversation.
WHAT DO U LOOK FOR IN A FAMILY REUNION DESTINATION?
@PaulEisenberg Activities that seniors can do *with* everyone rather than just watch kids and grandkids have all the fun.
@SmartyPantsMama A place that’s affordable/reasonable for as many family members as possible.
@tweetthemap A place with lots of room and plenty of bathrooms!
@Indyanna63 We look for a place that is either convenient for everyone, or a whole new exciting destination!
@Bamagirlruns Always looking for a place with LOTS of food!
@L_A_Allen I’m traveling cross country in a week with my kids. Going to be a long plane ride but family is LIFE!!
@threesonsmommy Someday I would love to have our family reunion at DisneyWorld!
@iplandisney If we meet in the middle..I would travel pretty far! Or, if we are going somewhere great, then the sky’s the limit!
HOW FAR HAVE YOU/ WOULD YOU TRAVEL TO SEE RELATIVES?
@SavannahsPieces Just FaceTime it’s easier. And you don’t have to spend the night.
@SmartyPantsMama All depends which relative it is 😉
@DebMomof3 Anywhere (that I could afford, lol). Would love to visit cousins on my dad’s side – all spread throughout the US.
@Pascualine27 I would travel anywhere for family!
@MaryHeston We just drove 11 hours (each way) to climb a mountain over the weekend w/ the fam.
@idreamofjenn We had a family reunion at Cha-Am beach, Thailand about two years ago and that’s always fun for the kids.
@kymri Sounds wrong but, the farther away they are, the more likely we are to travel to them!
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH DIFFICULT RELATIVES?
@Teronya I hand them over to my brother, a very patient pastor! 🙂
@PaulEisenberg Two Whiskey Sours, sometimes three, depending on the relative.
@kymri My solution? BE that difficult relative. Makes it easy 🙂
@MaryHeston Suggest an activity they hate – perhaps they’ll go away…
@AuntFlo_28 Plan ahead – and set boundaries.
@lorikeet8 I honestly try to avoid them but be polite when they talk to me.
@dargar7 I don’t like the drama and one bad apple spoils the bunch as they say, deal with it and make the best.
WHAT GROUP ACTIVITIES ARE GOOD FOR A FAMILY REUNION?
@dargar7 Any outdoors games, great if there’s a pool or lake, boat activities, volleyball, badminton, etc.
@disneymom917 Bonfires with storytelling & smores; lake activities, board games, cards.
@PaulEisenberg Historical sites with manageable walking. Group dinner w/cake celebrating closest birthdays at the table.
@Teronya EATING! Don’t have to talk if ya got food in ya mouth! 😉
@RweThereYetMom Activities? Why not a family talent show??
@travelermom A favorite with my family was always an annual chili cook-off followed with a bonfire & campout.
@4jlessad Every year a different family is in charge of games/prizes. We love the usual 3 legged race-jump rope-hula hoops.
@iplandisney We also do a build-your-own-stromboli night!Take shifts in the kitchen but TONS of fun to see everyone’s creation!
WOULD YOU RATHER RENT 1 BIG HOUSE OR GO SOMEWHERE WITH SEPARATE ROOMS FOR EVERYONE? WHY?
@pascualine27 One big room for all the fun relatives and a separate one for the difficult relatives!
@CantonCathy Done both & separate rooms always my choice I need some privacy & quiet time away from relatives. Otherwise grumpy.
@Disneymom917 Depends on the crowd! We did a big beach house & it was great!
@heatheracts If it’s a large scale reunion I like having our own spaces, but one big house would be fun with the right group!
@purplepassion12 Separate please-I need my personal space and personal time–sometimes I need my own timeout and get away from it all.
@kymri Cruiseship is ideal – big “house” with separate rooms, together at table for dinner.
@iplandisney For my family, we like to Disney cruise with our own staterooms, but lots of family crazy mixed in! Party of 20!
WHO SHOULD PAY? WHY?
@pascualine27 Everyone equally unless you have a billionaire in the family, then they should pay!
@MrsRiot1 Depends on what it’s for. Usually the place our reunion is at is free and we all bring food and games.
@emmyers68 Depends on the venue. I usually pay upfront everyone donates back to me what they can afford. Money doesn’t =family.
@Cammi72 each family pays their own.
@Teronya Whoever’s responsible for this mess – Grandma? Grandpa? They started it!
@furrykarma If you don’t split evenly then I find there are always resentments.
@kimorlando I do think for a big group staying together, $$ should be discussed ahead of time. Add it all up & split it.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.