The idea of a big family vacation always sounds so amazing, but the reality of that vacation doesn't always turn out as well as you might have hoped. As much as you might want to share life's memories with those you love, the fact is that the more involved in a vacation, the harder it becomes to make it a great memory for everyone involved.
The bigger the group, the more chance there is that at least a couple of people are going to hate where you're going or the activities you've got planned. If you've ever spent your precious vacation time trying to entertain children while you enjoy a round of golf or take care of elderly grandparents while walking around a huge theme park in the middle of the summer heat, you know exactly what is being talked about here.
What you need is a vacation that offers a multitude of activity options and the ability for the family to split into smaller groups if they choose to. If you're racking your brains trying to plan the next big vacation with the cries of dissatisfaction from the last vacation still ringing in your ears, here are a few ideas you might find helpful.
OK, so millions of people know how great cruises are, but it's not an option that is often considered for big family vacations. But these vacations on the sea can actually be the perfect solution for your varied needs.
If Mamaw and Pops aren't feeling up to a lot of exertion one day, they can lounge on the deck while everyone else enjoys the pool and the kids go nuts on the waterslides. If you and the partner are longing for some alone time, you can send the kiddos out to enjoy the activities in the current port while the two of you enjoy a romantic dinner and a show on board.
Add to all that the fact that in between fun activities, great entertainment and delicious meals, everyone will have the opportunity to experience new parts of the world from the sights of an Alaska cruise to the history of a cruise around the British Isles and everything in between.
A destination vacation spot puts you in the center of an area that offers multiple entertainment options instead of just one. For example, the small southern town of Gatlinburg, TN. By centering your vacation in this one town, you have access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the famed Appalachian Trail for the nature lovers and Dollywood for the theme park fans. Additionally, you'll find endless activities from a trip to Magiquest for the young ones to a sky trolley over to Ober Gatlinburg for the sightseers.
There are tons of these kinds of destination vacation spots to choose from; areas that are central to a vast number of activities that allow a large group to split into smaller teams allowing everyone to enjoy what they like to do most. Then the whole group can come back together for dinner at some great local restaurant and spend the evening sharing the day's adventures with one another.
A great resort can offer as much diversity as your family needs. These vacation hotels don't just offer a place to rest your head, but a slate of activities to fill your day. Depending on what environment you want to center your vacation in, your resort may include scheduled activities like yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, trail riding, golf courses and more. And of course, they will all have swimming pools, hot tubs and fantastic dining options, all in a luxurious atmosphere with amazing service that will leave you feeling like a V.I.P.
If you're planning a vacation for a large group, focus on destination locations that offer variety. Save that big theme park or that awesome tour of science museums for a smaller group of like-minded people. The trick to keeping everyone happy is offering tons of options within a central hub that will draw everyone back together at the end of the day.