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Travelling with family can be such a rewarding experience, but when it comes to travelling with extended family, it's inevitable that travel plans have to be adjusted to suit the different age groups, travel interests and potential limitations. However, that doesn't mean that a stress-free multi-generation family getaway is unattainable. Here are some tips on how to make that grand family getaway work:

Plan and schedule the trip in advance

Planning is an integral part in ensuring everything goes smoothly during your trip and while it sounds like a hassle, it really doesn’t have to be. Start planning early to ensure that all members of the family won’t encounter any scheduling conflicts and book your trip ahead of time to avoid missing out on your perfect family vacay. After all, bigger groups means making sure there’s room for everyone and one way to ensure that the venue you have in mind is not overbooked is by booking your slot ahead of time. This is also a great time to start discussing and gathering input on what location, accommodations and activities everyone would be interested in.

Choose a destination that has something for everyone

Now that you’ve got the planning out of the way, it’s time to start shortlisting your location of choice based on the input you’ve received from your loved ones. If you’re travelling with kids, it’s a great idea to consider several age-appropriate activities they can take part in as well. At Club Med, you’re sure to find something for everyone no matter their age range. From sporting activities to live entertainment to fill your nights as well as nature excursions and relaxing trips to the spa, you and your family are guaranteed a great mix of both leisure and excitement.

Consider everyone's potential limitations

The key to a great trip is ensuring that everyone is well cared for and this can often be challenging as many holiday locations do not cater to mobility accommodations or have options for families travelling with kids. No matter their age, everyone deserves to feel special during their vacation and that’s why Club Med is dedicated to providing your loved ones with the facilities they need so you’ll never have to worry about the nitty gritty details — because it’s as much your holiday as it is theirs, so kick back, relax and let us do all the heavy lifting. Whether it’s mobility accommodations for your much-loved elderly members of the family or childcare solutions as well as bath, bedtime and feeding time amenities for your little ones, you can rest assured we have it all. Yes, that your worries aren’t the only things getting lighter, but your luggage will too!

Plan a variety of activities to suit every age group and interest

Travelling as a parent can sometimes come with the fear of missing out, especially if your children are still far too young to be taken along for more grown-up activities with the older adults such as hiking or night time live shows. If you’ve ever felt torn between having to accompany your children to the playground and spending time with the older adult members of your family, then perhaps it’s time to schedule some time off that’s free from parental concerns — at least for a few hours a day. With Club Med’s childcare and kids services and facilities, you can do just that. You can even pre-book child-friendly activities such as pancake parties, creative workshops and more for your little ones then get them settled in for the night with our exclusive kids-only Pyjamas Club. Rest assured that your precious little ones will be in thoroughly professional and capable hands as you enjoy some well-deserved me time.

Once you’ve handed over the all-important task of entertaining and caring for your child to us, feel free to explore the myriad activities available throughout the resort and communal areas. Be it leisurely yoga and spa sessions or even enjoying the exhilarating rush of adrenaline from sailing, trapeze and other sporting activities, a whole holiday of fun awaits you and your family! Don’t forget to allocate some alone time because while it’s important to spend time as a family, it’s also essential to allow everyone some alone time to relax or pursue their own interests.

Family trips don't necessarily have to mean bigger headaches when it comes to making travel plans, especially not when you have these tips on hand and Club Med’s all-inclusive family vacation packages as well as the new Club Med Amazing Family! Programme just a click away. With Club Med, planning a getaway for a multi-generational family group will be a breeze thanks to the myriad activities, amenities and accommodations available, so book one of our all-inclusive family vacation packages today for a getaway that everyone is sure to remember!

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