Between figuring out who pays for what and how to make everyone happy, a multigenerational family vacation family can be more work than play. But a multigenerational family vacation also can be the most treasured memories a family can share.
During our May 9 #TMOM Monday Twitter party, we shared tips and stories about traveling with kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Where have you traveled with extended family?
@monben: My parents have Marriot Vacation Club in Phuket. Score! Fancy resort on beautiful island and free babysitting.
@RestlesstoRoam: Went to Hawaii with cousins when teenagers…came home fearing heights and Austrian boys
@GoBIG_GoHome: We had a reunion for about 50 on my mom’s side of the family at Disney World. Everyone was happy, naturally!
What’s your No. 1 tip for traveling with extended family?
@LorraineTravels: Plan time apart. We sightsee together in morning, kids and I swim in the afternoon while grandparents do their thing, then dinner together
@treetrout1: No. 1 tip for multigen travel: Don’t overschedule. Everyone moves at own pace, needs downtime and rest.
@twokidsandamap: When parents/in-laws pay for the trip or part of it, there are ALWAYS strings attached.
Who is the high maintenance traveler in your family?
@DanielleLeitch: It’s not high maintenance- more like desiring and deserving the best
@loucheryl: My mother and MIL. BUT if we travel with both of them, they cancel each other out! There’s the ticket!
@theculturemom: I’m more high-maintenance than my husband but he’s as low as it gets.
What’s the funniest moment you shared during a multigen trip?
@twokidsandamap: Not funny at time but hilarious now! One family member left another at a rest stop and called us to turn and get said family member.
@cloud10277: My son rolling over for the first time at the condo in FL. We made a game into getting him to do it again!
@CindyRichards: When we lost Aunt Joan in Cancun. She needed “me” time and didn’t tell anyone. Funny now. Wasn’t then.
Who should pay when everyone travels together?
@LorraineTravels: My parents get the plane tickets and I get the hotels. I can find nice hotels for cheap. Dad finds cheap hotels for cheap.
@diamondslady812: FIL insists when we travel with them. When we travel with other families we split the bill.
@DanielleLeitch: I like picking up tab for fam if possible, esp if it means we can all be together (and go where I like to stay/eat…heehee)
How do you ensure everyone is still friends when you come home?
@twokidsandamap: Have definite expectations before trip and take a long break from each other after to remain friends!
@kimorlando: Send everyone pix of the fun stuff. Keep the sourpuss pix to yourself- for a while.
@momfluential: Our family doesn’t really get over travel drama so well.
Win an iPad2 on our May 23 Twitter Party
Join us on May 16 when share tips and advice about getting the most out of a three-day weekend. And mark your calendars for the May 23 #TMOM Monday Twitter party, when we talk about travel planning and give away an iPad2!