Planning a multi generational trip #2

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The company we’ve had left between Saturday night and yesterday morning. I had a great time. But even with working some like I did,, I’m ready to get back to a more normal schedule. I have some different things I’m thinking about trying.

Anyway, let’s get down to business.

Planning a bigger family vacation where your parents and all your siblings and their families can get together can be both a lot of fun and a lot of work. Hopefully you’ll plan it so that you can get most of the work out of the way before your actual trip, and just enjoy your trip and your family during the time away.. You should start planning as as you can. And you’ll want to know everything you can up front. Do some people suffer from food allergies? Does someone need special sleeping arrangements? Will someone be very unhappy if there is no fitness center or night club? These are the type of things you will want to find out and then get that information to your travel agent as soon as possible.

You may want to consider setting up a Facebook event for this trip. Events are easy to set up and makes communication easy. You’ll want to include your travel agent in this event so that she can see everything people are saying.

Your travel agent will be able to find out if you will be able to get group discounts. Usually on cruises if if you get at at least eight rooms, you will get a discount. Resorts vary when it comes to what they consider a group.

One of the more stressful parts of planning a vacation like this is getting the money from each family. Your travel agent will be able to help you with that. Booking things like hotels and car rentals is how she makes money, and of course booking a group like yours is going to bring some good money her way. She will be able to take credit cards and everything. Please let me know if you are in something like that.

Planning a multi generational trip #1

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I think I am just going to play the next few days by ear as far as how much to work.

rMulti generational trips are in. It might be because Grandma is getting too old to host big gatherings. Or maybe it’s because on a cruise or at a resort someone else is going to be doing all the cooking and the cleaning. You will also have some childcare options if that something you are interested in..

But You are going to have to figure out who is going to be the major planners of this trip. Something like this is a time when you will definitely want a travel agent’s help. Travel agents know the best places for big gatherings, and can help you figure out all the details. But travel agents do not make the decisions for you, you have to do that for yourself. So it’s usually best to have a couple of people who will work with the travel agent.

You should probably have a big family meeting to go over some important things. First, is someone going to pay for everyone, or is each family going to go Dutch? And if you are going to go Dutch, is anyone working on a tight budget? You’re also going to figure out dates that are going to work for everyone. It will also help to know what’s important to everyone about this trip? What kind of activities do you want to be available on this trip? You might want to put several ideas together, and see which two or three are the most popular and give those ideas to your travel agent. And it would also be a good idea to decide on the family members who are going to work with the travel agent.

Planning a trip like can complicate, and so I think I am going to do a series on this topic.

Visit your ancestors

One of the things that is getting more and more popular these days is learning more about our ancestors. And especially now with the internet, we can learn all kinds of things about those who have gone before us. We don’t have to to rely on whatever Aunt Edna put together in a notebook thirty years ago, there are websites dedicated to this kind of research.

Most everyone is about those websites, but did you know that this is a new type of travel? People are curious to know how their relatives lived. What did the place they lived look like? Were they farmers, or did they do some kind of other work? What kinds of things did they eat? Some people long to travel to the place where their ancestors lived. And maybe part of that is that we’re missing real connection with our own families. We are so busy keeping up the standard of living everyone thinks they have to have that we aren’t making the time to really be with our families like we should.

This is a specialized type of travel that can get quite complicated to try to plan yourself. There are just a lot of details to put together. But thankfully, there are also some travel agents who have chosen this type of travel as their niche. And of course, these travel agents are going to have all kinds of knowledge and resources that will help you plan your perfect trip.

Please keep in mind that is a trip that you will be able to pull together quickly. You to have to do a lot of research to make sure you are taking the right trip.

Now I am a travel agent, but this is not my specialty. My passion is helping families reconnect through travel. Summer is going to be on us before we know it. Please let me know if I can help you plan a summer vacation. I would love to help you.

Why use a travel agent?

I know I’ve covered these things recently. Please bear with me as I put up some of these articles together. 

Okay, let’s get real here. We live in the age of the internet, not just on our computers, but also on our phones. And the internet gives us access to all kinds of hotels and airlines and anything else we need to plan a trip. So why should we use a travel agent to plan our trips for ourselves? Shouldn’t we just plan everything ourselves? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to do it ourselves?

The first thing you should know is that travel agents earn commission any time we book a hotel, car rental, cruise, amusement park, and things like that. Some charge an additional service fee, but others do not.

Travel agents are also able to save you money. They are always looking at travel deals, travel news. A lot of travel agents are part of a host agency and have ways to pick their fellow agents’ brains about deals and other needs that might come up.

Also, if something should go wrong on your trip, booking through a travel agent is to your advantage. Your agent will help you work through whatever the issue is. And think about this, travel agents have buying power, which means they have the opportunity to send a lot of people to that hotel or not. So hotels and things like that are going to be quicker to help a travel agent than they might be to help an individual.

 


 

Why we need family vacations

I’m kind of doing an experiment with an online business group thing. And part of what they want you to do is to write articles. So here is my first one.

Did you know that America is one of the countries that takes the least number of vacation days? Now let me say from the beginning that I am in no way against work. Work is good, it is honorable. But most Americans are working almost around the clock, because everyone has phones where you can take calls and check e-mail almost anywhere.

But with that being the case,we’re spending less and less time connecting as a family. And you have to wonder if that’s part of why the tragedy of divorce is occurring more and more. We aren’t making time for our families. Even when we do step away from work, most families are going in different directions with various activities. We are busy. We are stressed out from everything we feel like we have to do. Making time to be with our families seems like a luxury we just can’t afford.

But family should be more important than that. Family is the cornerstone of civilization. Everyone needs a group of people who they know they can count on in any situation, people who know them. Everyone needs some kind of intimate relationship.

And that’s why we need to take more family vacations. Vacations gets us out of our routines and away from all the distractions of our normal, busy lives and us to spend time with the people that matter most to us. So please start planning a family vacation today.