Multigenerational travel has been growing trend for many years. With grandparents, parents and children often living far away from each other, travel is a wonderful way to gather and reconnect. However, it all came to a standstill when Covid-19 hit.
But multigenerational travel, like all travel, is racing back in 2022 and on track to beat records set pre-pandemic for two reasons. First, families have been separated from loved ones for too long in an effort to keep everyone healthy. But unfortunately, time doesn’t stand still. With grandparents aging and grandkids growing up, no one wants to miss out on more of these precious years. Second, the pandemic made everyone realize what a gift travel is – and how nothing in life is guaranteed. Carpe diem!
This all adds up to families ready to spend time together traveling and creating memories. So what are some multigenerational travel trends I’m seeing?
No place beats the beach to keep all ages happy. It offers a magic combination of great weather, fresh food and activities galore. While toddlers have fun making sandcastles and splashing in the pool, teens can stay busy playing beach volleyball and Instagramming their way through the resort. Parents and grandparents can trade off watching the kids with reading on the beach and sipping a margarita. Beach resorts are built to facilitate families with multiple pools, great restaurants and engaging kids clubs. Some to check out are Isla Bella Beach Resort in the Florida Keys or the Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas. Or if you’re looking for an all-inclusive, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya can’t be beat.
Sometimes you just want to be together without the hassle of a lot of people around, and villas are the perfect solution. Villas, either stand alone or within a resort community, offer living space for multigenerational families that feel like a home away from home. Some, like the Tryall Club Villas in Jamaica, come fully staffed so you don’t have to lift a finger, and others, like the Islands of Islamorada in Florida, offer full kitchens so you have the flexibility to cook as you like.
Many multigenerational groups want to explore their heritage, so they choose to travel to the birthplaces of their ancestors. European countries like Italy, Ireland and Germany are quite popular for these trips. The key to these trips is to keep it simpIe. I connect my clients with elite travel partners in these locations to manage all logistics from lodging to transportation to private guided tours. This allows my clients to focus on the history, culture and gastronomy of a place with their loved ones.
Bucket List Trips
Post-Covid, many clients are seizing the day and starting to plan trips of a lifetime with their loved ones. Safaris are a popular choice, offering grandparents, parents and grandkids alike the opportunity to get up close and bond over the majestic animals of Africa. Another destination high on clients’ buckets lists are the Galapagos Islands, off the cost of Ecuador. This isolated archipelgo shelters a huge diversity of plants and animals, such as rare iguanas, giant tortoises, and the rare blue-footed “booby” birds. One of the best ways families can explore this little-touched wilderness is on a Linblad Expedition Cruise.
Where will you go?
I hope 2022 or 2023 is a year you can jump on the bandwagon and plan a trip with your parents and your kids. There’s nothing like travel to foster closer family ties and create everlasting memories. I would love to work with you to create something you will remember forever.
And remember that when you book with me, you can count on the highest quality customer service, accommodations, tours and activities. Plus with my preferred partner status at many top hotels around the world, I can offer VIP amenities, such as daily breakfast, hotel credit, early check-in/late check-out if available, and room upgrades if available.
Time to get in touch! ✈️