The modern family of today is spread throughout the country with jobs and relationships dictating where one lives. Gone for a lot of us are those Sunday dinner gatherings at Grandma and Grandpa’s house with the extended family all in attendance. And you know how quickly time passes, how quickly your children grow up-blink-they’ve finished school and have moved out of the house. The holidays remind us how precious the times we are able to gather together as a family are, and that the most important and lasting gift you can give your family is time spent together.
For years we have been helping families plan trips to celebrate the milestones in their lives. There has been a surge of interest in this type of travel lately, and travel suppliers have responded by creating specialized trips that appeal to multi-generational travel. Travel is a great opportunity for your kids to see the historical sites they have learned about in school, a chance for your family to explore the land of your heritage, dine together, see shows together, beach together, see the world together… just BE together.
These multi-generational trips are planned with families in mind. Your fellow travelers are all part of a family including kids, parents and grandparents. Your kids will have other kids to spend time with which will make them happy - and happy kids on vacation make for happy parents on vacation!
Land vacation options are plentiful. How about a visit out west to see our National parks? Take part in a star-gazing adventure with an astronomer, go off-roading in Monument Valley, white-water rafting, see Old Faithful erupt, have a picnic lunch in the mountains, experience the excitement of a rodeo.
If that doesn’t do it for you, then you can ride a zip line with views of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica; visit the Galapagos and see the islands that time forgot; take a pizza making class in Rome; go on a scavenger hunt in Venice; see a wine demonstration for the adults in Tuscany while the kids learn pasta making; enjoy a behind the scenes Warner Bros. Studio tour in London featuring sets from the Harry Potter films; take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti at dawn.
And don’t forget that cruise lines have always catered to family travel. With the big new ships that are floating resorts, there are tons of activities onboard designed with every age group in mind. You can cruise the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Europe, Asia-the whole world is at your fingertips.
So while you are gathering with your family over the holidays, start that conversation about your dream family vacation that will create those memories that will last a lifetime. Call us at 525-9001 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Happy Holidays!
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