Mission possible: organize a multi-family vacation
By Reserva Conchal on July 19, 2016
Getting together has also never been harder given people’s increasingly busier lives and the rising cost of nearly every form of travel. Making sure that you make the most of your family get together is important. It all starts with just a little bit of upfront planning.
How to plan a multi-family reunion
- Don’t do it alone. This is, after all, a family reunion. Involve family from the start.
- Give yourself enough time. If this is a first-time reunion and you plan to invite a large group, you must allow a year or more for planning. Members may need to request vacation time from work and some may need to save money to make the trip. Many details need attention, and the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be.
- Set a date and stick to it. Selecting a date can be one of your most complicated tasks. Check with others to see if there are any calendar conflicts: weddings? graduations? trips? Send a save-the-date message as soon as your date is set so everyone knows not to schedule anything at the same time. Do NOT change the date under any circumstances.
- Location, location, location. Like all things in life, location can make or break a reunion. First you must decide where that place will be … Will it be near or far away?
- Make your reunion affordable. One significant difference between family reunions and all other reunions is that all ages, abilities, resources and life stages must be taken into account.
Don’t be a control freak. Nothing can sap the fun out of a vacation than somebody who can’t roll with the punches – and especially for the person who is organizing or helping to organize the vacation. No vacation works out exactly as you plan. Remember that you are having a vacation and that means having fun, not making sure everything on the planned itinerary is checked off.