As a culture that increasingly embraces experiences over things, multigenerational travel has become the ultimate way to celebrate our lives and families. When we travel as a family, we create lifetime memories and come closer together. We tend to book these trips as a celebration of a major milestone, or as a way of bringing our families together when we often spread so far apart in the world.
Family trips such as these can be wonderful, but planning a trip with your entire extended family can be a challenge.
Fortunately, here at Roadtrips we have a lot of experience helping with multigenerational travel. We’ve taken families to the Summer Games, Super Bowl, and many other major sporting events, and love seeing how this helps families come together. We’d like to share some of our knowledge and tips to get you started in the planning process.
Deciding on a multigenerational travel experience:
The single biggest challenge with multigenerational travel is deciding what to do. It’s likely that your teenagers’ love of bungee jumping off a bridge is not going to go far with a mid 70s matriarch who prefers an expert guide at the Vatican museum. Likewise, that luxury river cruise that the grandparents are so enamoured by may not generate a lot of excitement for younger family members.
Planning multigenerational trips around top global sporting events is a great way to cater to everyone in your group – they give the trip a focal point, but often place you in a major city with lots going on for everyone, no matter their age. Few things generate as much excitement as our passion for sports, and these trips can also include the refined service, wonderful cuisine, and luxury accommodations that fit with upscale travellers of all ages.
So you’ve managed the biggest question very well, of what to do. Here are a few additional tips to change this process from a daunting one to an exciting one, even before you travel.
Choosing a sports travel event:
You know your family and what sports really get you all excited, and there are bound to be destinations that appeal to your family too. There are of course the pinnacle sporting events such as Wimbledon in London in July, the Grand Prix in Monaco, or the Masters in Augusta at Easter, but also the big events that showcase a different destination each year – such as Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
We’ve taken many families to both the Summer and Winter Games in the past, and they have just loved sharing these epic events together (there’s the bonus of having many different sports at each event, so there is bound to be something for everyone). Next year the Winter Games will be in South Korea, and then the Summer Games in Tokyo 2022, both of which would make incredible multigenerational trips.
Because there are so many epic events to choose from, you may find it useful to talk with someone here at Roadtrips. Our team has lived these events, and taken our own families with us many times, so we have personal experience and expertise to share on multigenerational travel. Something to keep in mind: pinnacle events such as the World Cup, Summer Games, or Winter Games that only happen once every four years require a lot more planning than other events, so you’ll want to start thinking fairly far ahead for these.
Assess your family’s needs:
Once you’ve picked the event, the next step is to drill down to second tier needs. Do you need a spa or fitness facility to keep everyone on their program? Does the hotel have suites or adjoining rooms to facilitate family configurations? How are we moving a large group between airports, hotels and stadiums? Are there special occasions, a grand family dinner event or other key considerations? By working with an expert who has done these events and who is an expert on the destination it is possible to check off most (or all) of the boxes on your list, you just need someone to make sure you ask all the right questions.
Considering the “B Word”:
While not always a comfortable conversation, having a budget needs to be a part of your planning process. If Mom and Dad are picking up the entire tab it is simpler, though still necessary to figure out the correct event or level of inclusions. If trip costs are being divided up between families budgeting definitely needs to happen. However, when everyone is on the same page it will ensure financial comfort for all and make the rest of the planning much simpler.
Go ahead and make those memories:
For many grandparents, life was busy on the way up. Now kids and grandkids have lots of great stuff going on so it is easy to let time slip by without connecting and building those important relationships. Carving out a block of time to have a great shared experience is a great way to build relationships and memories. You will also find that you will connect ahead of the trip as you discuss and anticipate your sporting event trip and will continue to do so again after you return as you relive the electric moments of a marquis sporting event that you shared in person. Enjoy!
Thinking of organizing a trip for your family? Contact us and we’ll help you arrange every last detail, and create a trip that everyone in your family will love.