Family Reunions can be the most heartwarming—or the most chilling—words in the English language: Family Reunion. If the thought of organizing your extended family for a long weekend away sends a shiver down your spine, relax. If you start early, do your homework, and take advantage of new digital tools, you can pull off a multigenerational outing that will delight everyone from one to 100. Here is our all-you-need-to-get-started guide to planning the party of the year!
- Pick the perfect destination.
- Explain options
- All Inclusives: All-inclusive resorts offer plenty of activities during the day, plus kids' programs. Families can decide to do some activities together and split up for other things and re-group at dinner. Whether you're a partier or just a fan of fine dining, swimming pools, and white-sand beaches, one of the most appealing aspects of the all-inclusive is that you can go for days without ever reaching for your wallet.
- Cruises: Cruise are like floating all-inclusive resorts with the same potential to be together or easily break off for separate activities. A cruise might just be the easiest reunion from a planner's point of view, with ample opportunities for age-appropriate activities, easy seating for meals, and special events such as private cocktail parties, photo sessions, and a fairly standard discount of one free passenger for every eight cabins. But because most cruises are not strictly all-inclusive, do keep an eye on extra costs—that glass of wine you raise to toast your grandparents may set you back $10. Also, there are several travel planners that will coordinate the whole event for you for little cost. http://www.petersontravelpros.com/cruise-the-world-for-free.html
- Disney World: If your family doesn't mind spending top dollar, then Disney World is a wonderful vacation.
- Rental Homes: Ideal for large families who get along great together and want to save on costs.
- Family Adventure: If your family likes to hop out of bed every morning itching to climb, hike, bike, and explore, escorted tours with all details handled and excellent lodgings can be a good idea.
- Make reservations
- Help with a program
- Plan to take a group photo
- Plan what souvenirs to provide