Family vacations: Reducing stress, getting the best value


It's not surprising travel has grown in importance to families. It stands to reason: strapped for time, family vacations are those rare windows when hard-working parents and their busy kids can get away and have quality time together. Family vacation packages are no longer luxuries -- they've become a necessity for many.

Another type of popular family vacation is the family reunion trip: multi-generational vacations.  When multiple generations, grandparents and extended family, or even a few different families, get together to plan their best family vacation destinations, it can be challenging to find agreement and make decisions that provide fun and enrichment for everyone involved. That's where our travel agency can help -- a lot.  As an unbiased advocate, we can help plan the best family vacations and avoid many of the tensions and frustrations planning such trips can involve. It's often easier to have an "outsider" to make recommendations and handle the arrangements.

Popular family vacations include all-inclusive resorts like Club Med and family cruise vacations. That's because everything is pretty much included: accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment. However, our family vacation experts can plan a customized vacation for you to just about anywhere in the world. If there's enough of you to constitute a group, extra amenities can also be offered. For example, right now there are all-inclusive resorts in Mexico where children 12 and under stay, play and eat for free!  Or at select resorts in the Caribbean, for every five rooms booked you can get one room free.  At a beachfront Maui resort, children 12 and under eat and drink free, and  free rollaways for children 12 and under are provided.

If you've been involved in planning your family's vacation for a larger group, perhaps you have some tips to share.