How To Vacation Successfully With The Extended Family

Agree who’s paying for what from the early planning stages as this will avoid any awkward moments during the holiday. Choose a place that offers something for everyone. All-inclusive resorts work really well, and self-catering is good for lots of people who want to do different things. If you choose to rent a villa, get one with all the mod cons, especially a dishwasher, just for ease and comfort. Rather than hiring one large car, get more than one smaller one; this way, you’re not on top of each other all the time, and people have the option to go to different places if they want to. Think about bringing friends into the equation, especially for the benefit of the younger generation. It will keep the relatives on better behavior and will also prevent anyone from feeling they are gatecrashing their parents’ vacation. Talk to your partner because he or she may not share your enthusiasm about spending two weeks with all of your nearest and dearest, and the undercurrent of resentment could spoil it for everyone. So make sure you’re both on the same page and that you have considered how they may be feeling. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Not every comment or instruction from a relative is worth fighting over.