Taking a vacation with friends and family can be a wonderful experience as long as you keep everyone’s needs in mind. If you are traveling with a family who has children that aren’t in the same age group as your own, it can definitely prove to be challenging. Daily activities, sight-seeing and attraction interests widely vary as do accommodation preferences. Some other things to consider – bedtimes, nightly routines and dining preferences.
Regardless of what you choose, there is one thing I know for sure – everyone NEEDS their own space. That is not optional, nor can it be substituted. Families require their own breathing room. Because of this, villas, condos and home rentals are some of my favourite choices for group travel.
Let me give you a little example while daydreaming about 4 destinations that I would like to travel to rightthisminute.
This is my kind of home! Located in Scottsdale, Arizona this gorgeous 5,600 square foot luxury home sleeps 16 (!) and provides more amenities then you would find at a luxury hotel for a quarter of the cost when divided between another family. The house has a fully stocked kitchen, a Home Theater, Pool, Jacuzzi and a backyard with it’s own 15′ BBQ Island and over 2,500 square feet of patio space.
Head to Cabo San Lucas and rent your own vacation condo. This one sleeps 10 and has 4 ‘lock-off’ bed rooms each with their own private decks which overlook the ocean. There are also 4 ensuite bathrooms, a living area, laundry room, fully equipped kitchen, imported luxury bed linens and an encrypted wireless ‘smart’ house with Lutron lighting, heating and technology.
You don’t need the sun and sand to make a vacation grand. Ski season is just about here, making our next pick a great one for snow lovers. Overlooking the Snake River and located in the village of Keystone, Colorado, this beautiful condo is within walking distance from all the emenities with skiing less than 1/2 mile away.
Have you ever traveled with another family? If so, what kind of pointers would you suggest for those traveling with a group for the first time?
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