You may have recently recruited your spouse and kids for a much-needed spring break vacation, but why not plan the next get-together to include more family members? If it’s been a few years since you’ve seen your great-aunt or favorite childhood cousin, a family reunion means lots of quality time – and is a great excuse to get out of town.
Here are the three keys to ensuring a well-attended, memorable and stress-free family reunion.
1. Set the date strategically
With more than just your immediate family involved, there are a lot of schedules to coordinate. To maximize the number of people able to attend, be sure to set a date with enough lead time to allow everyone to make arrangements. Also, consider planning the reunion during a school vacation or near a holiday when people may be able to schedule time away from work. Lastly, pay attention to the weather. Avoid unpleasant heat waves or monsoons by looking up what the conditions will be at your destination during a certain time of year.
2. Choose an exciting location with a range of activities
Picnics and BBQs are certainly crowd pleasers, but why not take the opportunity to jet set somewhere that provides activity options beyond just eating and chatting? Start by considering the age groups and interests among your immediate and extended family. Do they like the great outdoors? Are there a lot of kids? You’ll want to choose somewhere that is both convenient to travel to and will be enjoyable for all ages.
Cruise ships fit the bill because not only do they have endless activities for the entire family, they’re also virtually all inclusive. Royal Caribbean International, for example, offers Group Cruise Vacations, where families can customize their onboard and onshore experiences and arrange private shore excursions, cocktail hours or other events just for their group. Live music and Broadway shows, kids programs, fitness options and delicious dining are all part of the deal.
3. Avoid payment headaches
Everyone knows group outings can get confusing when it comes to who pays for what and who pays who back. Royal Caribbean makes planning and paying easy by giving your group the choice to pay individually or as a group. Depending on the size of your party, there are also several other perks, such as group discounts and points that can earn your group onboard amenities so you’ll be traveling smarter.
Don’t be afraid to get the whole family involved when brainstorming reunion ideas. Cruise Direct Online suggests allowing everyone the opportunity to submit ideas for activities, venues and dining options. And wherever you decide to go, the most important thing to remember is to relax, have fun, and of course, break out the camera. No reunion is complete without some awkward family photos.