Remember the Chevy Chase horror movies about taking the family across the country? Well, Samantha Brown, writing in on our AARP bulletin of last spring, gives these hints:
- Decide who’s paying. Cruises and rental houses are good bets if you want to avoid hidden costs.
- Choose a destination to suit all interests. Disneyland and Disney World are usually universal favorites, but consider how much walking is involved. Big cities like Chicago and New York offer a plethora of cultural and dining interests. Also they offer a variety of shopping and transportation choices.
- Include each traveler’s top attraction. If the group has divided interests, consider splitting up for an afternoon or morning.
- Steal away with the youngsters. Offer to take the grandkids out for dinner or ice cream so parents can have a “date night.” Adult kids, do the same for your parents.
- Schedule a daily respite. Everyone needs a break; schedule one about three in the afternoon when energy lags.
- Above all, take lots of photos and work on an album together. These moments are precious and enjoy them!