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18 Tips On How To Plan A Happy Vacation With Grandparents & Kids

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If you’re planning a family vacation with your kids and grandparents, then you might be wondering how it will work with so many generations, travel styles and personalities rolled up into the mix.

On the one hand, it could be an amazing bonding experience for everyone, but on the other, you could have some family members feeling bored, there may be disagreements over where to eat, and some people want more adventure than others.

It’s never going to be perfect, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. The positives of traveling with three generations far outweigh the negatives.

With mum and dad and my kids in Nashville, Tennessee

Just like traveling with kids is worth it despite how hard it can be, so is bringing along the grandparents for the journey.

Just think of the extra pair of hands you’ll get for help, and possibly even a date night out with your partner!

So, to make sure you receive the benefits over the cons, we’ve put together our top tips for how to plan a happy multi-generational family vacation so you can leave the stresses behind you.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and I have received financial compensation. But all opinions about family travel are our own.

Tips For Planning a Family Vacation With Kids and Grandparents

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With my parents at Chimney Rock

We took a road trip with my parents from Dallas to Boston for one month – that’s six people of three generations.

We hadn’t seen them since we moved from Australia to North Carolina 14 months before, so it was a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together, especially for our kids to spend time with their grandparents.

At the same time, my parents were able to visit many places in the USA they’ve dreamed about for years, so it was more than just a catch up for them, too.

Here are some of the tips we learned from this experience…

1. Plan And Book As Much As You Can Beforehand

FAMILY POSING On Broadway in NYC to see Wicked
On Broadway in NYC to see Wicked

It’s not easy to plan for group travel. The more people you have, the more interests and diverse travel styles, and the more that can go wrong.

But our USA road trip went even better than I hoped. One reason it went so smoothly is because of the travel planning and scheduling that was done before our family vacation.

We’re usually more open ended and don’t book…

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