Question: What’s the single hottest vacation trend of the decade?
Answer: Multi-generational getaways
Forget the nuclear family trips of the 1950’s: More and more families today are bringing the whole gang along, including grandparents, adult siblings, cousins, and more. Nearly 1/3 of families chose to travel that way last year and the number is expected to rise. While bringing the brood together may be the time of your life, it can prove challenging for the party planner. How do you find the perfect balance of making shared memories and finding down time, in a destination that feels right for all ages? We’ve put together some tips to help you in your search for paradise.
Space to Spread Out and Hang Out
If you’ve ever traveled with family, you know it’s true: more space means getting on each other’s nerves less and enjoying the time you spend together more. This is where hotels can fall short. Multiple hotel rooms can mean everyone has space, but there is no space for everyone. Instead, try looking for vacation homes that have plenty of room to gather around the dining table, hang out on the lawn, or catch up over coffee.
Cook In or Eat Out
Renting a vacation cottage or buying a vacation property has some serious culinary perks when it comes to multi-generational escapes. With a big group, you don’t want to be caught without coffee, or mac and cheese, or margarita mix! A great kitchen where everyone can gather is a must. Pro tip: You want the option to cook not the obligation, so look for properties that also have full resort amenities and plenty of dining options. The blend of cooking in and eating out is what will keep everyone full and happy, without overloading the family chef.
Something for Everyone
You don’t want to start every morning haggling about the day’s itinerary. Finding a place with a wide variety of amenities and activities on-site is key. That way those cousins who seem part dolphin can head down to the lagoon-style pool for a swim, while the family’s marathoner works on her cardio at the fitness center. The shop-till-you-droppers can spend an afternoon browsing, while you debate your favorite rums at the beachside tiki bar.
Make it a Tradition
If you have a hard time parting with paradise vacation ownership could be for you. Buying a vacation residence means you can start planning right now for years of fun, without ever worrying about availability and high or low season. You’ll be able to personalize your space to make it a home away from home, and you’ll never waste time researching things to do or places to go. Look for ownership opportunities in a destination where there is plenty of off-site action to keep you and your fam coming back for more. The memories you’ll make will connect the family all year long until you come back and create new ones. We might be biased but we hear Orlando is the number one vacation destination in the US…
Ready to plan your multi-generational escape? Check out the new Margaritaville Resort Orlando, opening 2018, and submit your information here or in the form on the top right section of this page.