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Planning a successful multigenerational travel experience involves taking the expectations of several different generations into account and combining them to create an enjoyable trip for everyone. Here are 10 top tips for the perfect multigenerational holiday. Travelling long distances can be challenging for older family members and parents with young children so aim for a destination that’s viable for everyone.

Try to find a comfortable middle ground when it comes to accommodation as each family member will likely have a different holiday budget. Staying in separate rooms at the same resort may be slightly more expensive than renting a holiday home but sometimes it’s nice to have your own space. Many families use this as a trial to see if holidaying with extended family works for them.

Stay at a resort
Staying in separate rooms at a resort caters to different budgets

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This approach also allows people to book a room which suits their needs (and their budget). Opt for a holiday home which is a little too big rather than one that’s too small. Ideally it should have a large living area and multiple bathrooms. Consider an informal roster when it comes to chores or look for alternatives. For example, if someone hates cooking on holiday they may prefer to treat everyone to dinner at a local restaurant when it’s their turn to cook.

Don’t take your folks for granted. Even if grandparents insist they love babysitting, a small thank you gift is always appreciated. Cruising is ideal for multigenerational family groups. Choose an itinerary with easy-to-access ports if there are travellers with mobility issues or parents with under 5s in your group.

Some family members might prefer to pay for a meal out instead of cooking
Some family members might prefer to pay for a meal out instead of cooking
Cruising is ideal for a multigenerational trip
Cruising is ideal for a multigenerational trip

Schedule some time together and apart. There’s no need to do everything together. Allow time for young children and older family members to rest. Having some quiet time in the afternoon often works well for both age groups. Parents may like to consider taking their children out for the day occasionally to give other family members a break. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

If you are heading overseas for your multigenerational trip, you might also find our airport stopover tips, overseas safety advice, travel planning tips, and advice for avoiding scams helpful.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.