Family vacations, multigenerational vacations, call it what you will. It seems to be one of the trends in travel that is growing.
We have good friends who rent a house in Lake Tahoe, California every summer, and four generations spend a week there. This is a great way for families who live spread apart to see each other and have vacation too.
I have other friends who take their vacation every summer to go and visit family... I keep thinking they could plan a multigenerational vacation and have the best of both worlds, just like that first family I mentioned.
Let me clear one thing up right at the beginning.... We've read some articles that say you shouldn't count grandparents out... that today's grandparents are active and engaged. That's an understatement. All the grandparents I know are so active their kids would have trouble keeping up with them!
I suppose each group is different, but I think a better sentiment might be that you shouldn't count GREAT grandparents out.... they also are apt to be active and engaged. I guess the point is, plan for the activity level of your family, and you'll know how active your parents and grandparents are.
A friends family used to take multigenerational vacations camping! And let me tell you those grandparents and great grand parents really didn't slow anyone down.
Everyone should have a hand in planning, especially the youngest generation. You need to have them vested in the vacation so they won't keep whining, "I'm bored!"
Of course, you need to be prepared for them to ACT bored sometimes. When we took my nieces on a vacation to Ireland, they pretended to be asleep in the back seat when we went looking for dolmens on the Burren.