Family vacations, especially multigenerational travel, are very popular these days, but they need a little more planning to keep things running smoothly. When the whole family is traveling together, things can get confusing quickly. From steps to strollers, grandparents and grandchildren alike have special needs to look out for. There are many things to consider before traveling. Here are some travel tips to reduce discomfort and make your family vacation a little easier.
Make some decisions together
Discuss what everyone wants to do during the trip, how much they can spend, and what they can’t do without doing while they’re there. This will make packing easier too because you will have a general idea of what you are going to do.
Know airport and airline regulations
If you fly, does everyone check baggage or carry? The TSA website details what to bring or check, advice on bringing wrapped gifts and what food you can take on board. Be sure to read the TSA special screening procedures for children 12 years and under as well as adults 75 years and over. There are also mobile apps that will estimate security line wait times and help you find out what’s on the agency’s list of prohibited items. Also, you should check with your airline to find out its policies for carrying and checking baggage sizes, fees, etc.
Ask the travel agent
Despite popular belief, travel agents do not charge a fee for booking travel arrangements. They are paid by the company they work for. Therefore, it may make sense to book your family vacation through a travel agent. They have access to the latest information and can get great deals. Also, they can be a wealth of knowledge when it comes to family trips, so be sure to pick their brains in the process.
Traveling with the whole family
Multigenerational travel with children, adults and seniors is on the rise. One of the main tips for this type of trip is to plan a separate room at your destination. Adults on the go may not want to spend every moment with the kids and Millennials may want time away from grandparents. Keep this in mind when choosing your accommodations and activities while on vacation. Before your trip, check out the best travel apps to find things to do on vacation, to help plan some activities.