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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.