- Find Space. Give grandparents the space they need by finding a resort with different accommodation styles or renting a vacation home with separate rooms for everyone. Some resorts are divided by adult-only and family accommodations, so kids can spend their days with grandparents, but when grandparents need some quiet, they can retreat to the adult-only sections.
- Something for Everyone. When deciding where to go, choose a destination or resort that will provide activities all ages can enjoy, from toddlers to grandparents. Cruises are great for multigenerational vacations, with clubhouses, programming and play areas for kids, and cooking classes, wine tastings and adults-only lounging for grandparents. (Not to mention active programming and attractions for teens and parents!) Be sure to ask everyone going on the trip what they are interested in, and be sure to included something from everyone’s list.
- Schedule Rest Time. If you’re a go-go-go family, be sure to schedule in rest time and slower paced activities for grandparents. Breaking for long meals or stopping for snacks where kids can refuel and grandparents can take a breather will keep everyone happy.
- Take Advantage, But Not Too Much. Having your parents on hand to watch over little ones while you enjoy a romantic dinner or hit the links is certainly helpful, and you should get a chance to have some couple time. However, do not turn grandparents into your vacation nanny. Spend time together and make it a true multigenerational vacation.
- Make Travel Easy. For people with mobility issues, extra steps need to be taken during planning, from finding smaller resorts where grandparents don’t have to walk too far to finding rooms with wheelchair access available and guaranteed at booking. Some destinations are easier than others to explore, and you’ll need to consider any limitations when planning.