According to a recent report for a travel portal, multigenerational family travel – vacations that often involve grandparents, parents and grandchildren – tops the list of post-pandemic travel trends. And why not? After all this time away from our families during the pandemic, it’s a good idea to take them all on vacation. “Multigenerational travel is one of the emerging trends this holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all take a step back and reassess our priorities, and spending quality leisure time with the family has grown in importance, ”said Pratik Mazumder, Chief Marketing Officer, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited.
Multigenerational party travel accelerates after pandemic
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Absence makes the heart more loving, a quote each of us held to be true, every day since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Throughout the pandemic, as families were kept apart from each other, it brought them closer than before and this separation made many crave longer getaways with loved ones. Multigenerational travel had lost its charm a few years ago, but as the world interacts remotely and virtually, it has led to a sudden boom in multigenerational family vacations with the relaxation of travel restrictions, ”said Siddharth Yadav, Vice President, MRS Group of Hotels. Families are looking for experiences that strengthen their bond more than ever, and traveling together is a great way to spend quality time with each other after being locked inside for months. “Multi-generational travel during the holiday season is especially special for extended families as well as families who live in different cities. For them, it is a way to meet in a common destination and to celebrate and express their gratitude for being able to see each other. in person after a long time away from each other, ”says Amit Kumar, General Manager of Pilibhit House, Haridwar.
The challenges of family travel and how to deal with them
A journey involving three generations of the same family, however, is not without its challenges. “The ultimate challenge of course is still bringing everyone together and matching the schedules of the older and younger generations. The second challenge is finding a place that appeals to everyone,” says Kumar. The place must offer a mix of immersive experiences that can range from adventure activities, nature walks and bike rides to family cooking sessions, animal safaris and yoga classes; mostly experiences that help bond families in fun ways. “We have a unique genealogy session for guests staying at our property. That way they can trace their ancestors and get to know their roots, it’s a pretty nice experience for family members to live together.” , adds Kumar.
As well as dealing with short-lived family disputes, there could be issues such as mobility, especially with older parents coming for the ride. Therefore, it is usually better to book larger spaces like vacation homes, villas, havelis which work well in terms of space as well as security. “In our hotels, the allocation of rooms is often done with the elderly in mind, where the rooms on the ground floor are furnished for their convenience. For large families, our havelis are ideal because they are large and well equipped with modern amenities. amenities, promising a smooth experience “, says Yadav. In order to enhance guest experience and comfort, several hotels have golf carts for easy transportation within the premises. .
“Safety and health are the top priority for anyone wishing to travel with their extended family. Hence the preference for drivable destinations. In recent months, most families have chosen to travel safely in their own vehicles. ”
– Pratik Mazumder, Director of Marketing, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited.
How to plan a successful multigenerational trip
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– Respond to individual style, budget and interests
– Choose the right type of trip. Think safaris, villa stays, and beach getaways – all offer travelers of all ages the chance to have some fun.
– While everyone’s contribution is essential, it is just as important that one person takes charge of the actual planning so that the process is organized.
– Never have a busy route. Leave a space of relaxation and complicity.
– Take age into account when planning activities
– Always have travel insurance for multigenerational travel