One of the biggest benefits of taking a vacation is the opportunity for quality time with a spouse or partner; but on a family vacation, mom and dad dedicate their time to more than just each other, of course. Consider a new approach to family travel by planning not only a memorable, action-packed vacation for your kids but also a much-needed restful escape for the two of you. The secret ingredient: grandparents. Invite them along for a special grandparent-grandchild trip while you and your other half embark on a parents’ getaway.
Here’s how it works: All travelers fly into one destination from wherever they live. The grandparents will rent a car for themselves and the children and set out on a vacation adventure with the grandkids, while you and your partner can rent a car and enjoy time together on a worry-free break.
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Tips for Parents Planning Vacations for Large Families
Get Everyone Involved with Planning
Communication is key when planning any trip. Meet or talk by phone or video conference beforehand so everyone involved can share activity ideas. Choose your destination, then help your children and their grandparents decide where to go and what to do during their multigenerational travel adventure. Next, plan your own relaxing journey.
Prepare Travel Documents, Set Ground Rules and Develop an Emergency Plan
Remember to provide grandparents with your kids’ travel and medical documents, such as insurance cards and immunization records, and a notarized letter stating that they have permission to seek medical attention for your children. Talk with your children and their grandparents about a budget for souvenirs, acceptable snacks, electronics use and other travel ground rules. Additionally, create an emergency plan; everyone should know when and how to contact you (or another relative) in case the unexpected happens.
Vacation Ideas for Parents
Some parents unwind by getting an adrenaline rush. If your perfect vacation includes hiking, paddling and cycling, this is your chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Choose activities that are difficult to do with children in tow, such as rafting and rock climbing.
National parks offer plenty of experiences for adventure lovers. Scale steep, rocky cliffs and traverse narrow granite ledges in Maine’s Acadia National Park, or kayak in Olympic National Park near Seattle. Rock climb or hike to see the spectacular views at Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in West Virginia, then visit nearby Smoke Hole Caverns for an equally beautiful but less strenuous experience.
If you would rather ride roller coasters to get your heart pumping, choose a destination near several theme parks, such as Los Angeles or Orlando. To avoid theme park burnout, look for other nearby activities for thrill-seekers, such as indoor skydiving or go-kart racing.