Multigenerational Trips

When we tell our friends that we are planning another trip with our parents- they usually give us a funny kind of look. Some people dread the idea of Sunday dinner with their families let alone a two week vacation in close quarters with their in-laws. I, on the other hand have enjoyed travelling with grandma, grandpa (and even Aunt and Uncle) on our family vacations.

I’ve heard these trips called Multigenerational Travel. Pretty fancy name, pretty simple concept. Travelling with your extended family lets everyone share in the experience. We often travel with my parents and the kids love the extra time they get to spend with granny and grandpa.

On our last trip we also stayed with my sister and her fiancee. My daughter found that her Aunty was very cool and the three of us ‘girls’ went together to get her ears pierced (a great travel memory).

Travelling with a larger group has also allowed us to stay at some pretty fantastic vacation rentals that were made more affordable by splitting the cost with another couple.  A little down time for my husband and I is nice too. We usually plan for at least one ‘night on the town’ when my parents stay back and put the kids to bed.

One of my best memories was on our last trip to Maui- watching my parents play in the sand and surf with my kids was great. Something we’ll all remember for years to come.hawaii065

Looking for tips on planning  your next Multigenerational Trip? http://www.roadandtravel.com/traveladvice/multigenerationaltravel.htm

Packing Tips on ParentsTV

Parents Magazine has always been a good source of useful information. I still read back issues at the library when I am in need of some good “parenting practices” (i.e. the kids are driving me crazy and I need a new perspective on how to deal with this whole mom + entrepreneur + wife + cook + dog walker + chauffeur thing).

I found a new feature to the Parents.com website…Parents.tv! This special site has instructional videos on everything for parents. The one I really liked was for Tips on Packing for a Vacation. Go to www.parents.tv and search for the video on Travelling with Kids!

 

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Packing tips video.

BabyTV?

No, no it is not 24 hours of streaming Baby Einstein movies.

I recently got introduced to www.babytv.com. Who knew there was a whole TV channel (or at least an Internet-based television network) with everything baby?

The site has compiled some great articles on Family Travel (by air, by car…even by boat). Check out http://www.babytv.com/articles/Hit-the-Road-Family-Travel-Tips.aspx?terms=travel I really liked their videos (a bit salesy but great quality) from the ABC Kids Expo. Hopefully they will be there again this week when the show kicks off in Vegas!