Have your family always talked about getting everyone together and going on a vacation, but never really materialized to anything? Have you tried gathering everyone in the past, with the intention to go, but end up not able to make it happen? That seems to be a common problem when I help families plan their much desired family reunion vacation. It doesn’t have to be that difficult. Here are a few tips to get you started on the right path.
The most important is to block off time and commit everyone to go on the vacation. You don’t have to commit to specific dates. Best to just narrow down to a travel month first. Everyone has to be flexible. If not, the ones with the most limited schedule should be accommodated first. Plan far in advance so that everyone should have a free and open calendar to block off this vacation time. Block off a minimum of 7days and commit to it.
2. Decide on a destination.
Someone will find a place too far, or too close by and not interested. Someone will think the option is over budget. Keep the common goal in mind. You’re trying to find a location that can accommodate the majority of the group in a nice setting to be together. The point is the opportunity to spend time together as a group and as a family. Where you are going and what you will be doing is secondary. Be flexible and compromise. Keep it simple first. Find an option that will work with everyone’s budget and limited time away.
3. Assign one person as the group leader and coordinator. That person in charge will begin the conversation of where to go and how to get there and all the details of where to stay, prices, etc. Follow the leader. Listen to the leader. Work with the leader. If everyone starts planning something on their own, and each give their ideas and what they found on pricing etc., it’s only going to break up the process and lead to nowhere. It will only make it more confusing and overwhelming. The group leader will do all the initial research and report back all the logistics of the vacation and communicate with everyone. Everyone can then sign up.
4. Hire a professional travel consultant.
We can ask the right questions to help you figure out where to go, when to go, what to do, how long to stay, how much it cost. We will match you to the right destination with the right budget. We do all the busy research work and help you take care of all the details. Maybe a Mexican all-inclusive resort is not the right fit, maybe you should do a Caribbean cruise, maybe you should rent a 6 bedroom villa in Hawaii and have a butler and chef to take care of everyone’s needs. We can share all the options we know of and work with on a daily basis. We’ll make it easy and make it happen.
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