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How to Plan a Stress-Free Multigenerational Vacation

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    Retying the Ties That Bind

    En español | Ask everyone for a vacation wish list (as long as the younger children understand they’re not in charge of decisions). Accommodating everyone may be simpler than you think. In any event, it’s worth a discussion so that all generations feel they have a stake in planning a good time.

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    Poll the Group

    Chances are not everyone can afford to spend the same amount, so sort out ahead of time who will pay what. Research the costs of big-ticket items such as flights, lodgings and car rentals. Then check the costs for separate items such as restaurants and activities, and determine a reasonable daily budget for everyone.

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    Settle on a Budget

    Cruises and all-inclusive resorts can level the financial playing field. Think about a ski resort for a winter vacation. You can spot the family-friendly ones by checking out lift ticket prices: Look for a high maximum age for kids’ passes and a low starting age for senior passes. You can go on a cruise just about anywhere, but think about river voyages — greatfor families since the boat always docks next to shore, and easy to get into town for sightseeing.

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    Don’t Crowd the Guest List

    As soon as you start to move as a herd, stress starts to mount. So avoid places with important tourist sites (Rome, for example) you’d feel frustrated about missing. A good place for a multigenerational vacation is a city such as San Diego, where you’ll find Sea World, the famed zoo, Legoland, surfing, museums, theaters and beaches — but nothing you absolutely can’t do without.

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    Think About All-Inclusive Vacations

    Big group houses are fun, and a big kitchen with a full fridge and a common room can lead to lots of good times. On the other hand, individual condo units keep crying babies and late-night partyers from bothering each other and also can limit scrutiny of family members’ unique habits.

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    Take Weather Into Account

    Make sure a group photo is taken to preserve this great moment in your family’s history. (You can even book a professional photographer.) Then create an online photo album.

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    Not Too Much Sightseeing

    How long has it been since multiple generations of your family have connected for some much-needed getting-to-know-you-again time? If organizing such a vacation fills you with dread, relax! Here’s how to plan and have a fabulous time together.

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    Staying in a Hotel?

    How long has it been since multiple generations of your family have connected for some much-needed getting-to-know-you-again time? If organizing such a vacation fills you with dread, relax! Here’s how to plan and have a fabulous time together.

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    Condominiums or Group House?

    How long has it been since multiple generations of your family have connected for some much-needed getting-to-know-you-again time? If organizing such a vacation fills you with dread, relax! Here’s how to plan and have a fabulous time together.

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    It IS Vacation, but Don’t Forget Routine

    How long has it been since multiple generations of your family have connected for some much-needed getting-to-know-you-again time? If organizing such a vacation fills you with dread, relax! Here’s how to plan and have a fabulous time together.

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    Get a Group Shot With Everyone

    How long has it been since multiple generations of your family have connected for some much-needed getting-to-know-you-again time? If organizing such a vacation fills you with dread, relax! Here’s how to plan and have a fabulous time together.

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    Also of Interest

    How long has it been since multiple generations of your family have connected for some much-needed getting-to-know-you-again time? If organizing such a vacation fills you with dread, relax! Here’s how to plan and have a fabulous time together.

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