In the past, thinking of ways to organize a great family reunion was often considered to be a Herculean task. Gathering relatives scattered all over the world and arranging an itinerary that promised to take care of people of all ages and from varied walks of life was not easy-especially one had to tackle the travel needs of aging and newborns alike. However, the act has become a lot easier in recent times -thanks to the influx of smart ways of booking tickets, organizing staying facilities and co-coordinating large groups. These (often free) smart equipments and tools are catching the eyes and fancies of those interested in using online resources for reunion-planning. Nowadays , there is absolutely no dearth of tourism organizations and help desks waiting to cater to family fun -regardless of the size of the reunion.
If you are also looking forward to organizing a great get-together of relatives who have not met for along long time and looking for the perfect destination for the cause, then the words that follow are definitely for you!
Have you considered a state park? This fantastic option has sparked interest on the tourist radar and is fast becoming the most preferred for family outings comprising of wild life enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The crown goes to a quaint looking group of Ohio State Park Lodges-their intriguing “Family Tree” program presents families with an interesting chance to bond once a again by planting a tree in the name of the family inside the park. All members are presented with the GPS coordinates of the tree, so that they can track it down in future and visit it again and again -probably with the next generations in tow. (image by woodleywonderworks)
Planning a successful family reunion is far less stressful and daunting if you decide upon delegating tasks and taking advantage of the many free apps and smart resources available. Remember, some of the most successful reunions have been triggered off with a spirit of inclusion. You should aim at get a good turnout and making all family members enjoy each other’s company. It is very essential to be sensitive with those who are constrained with a tight budget., greatest mobility issues and least flexible schedules -in other words, you simply have to concentrate and focus on the individual needs of each and every invited relative .Much ahead of the planned date of the reunion, you need to start communicating with all family members. This helps in gaining knowledge and narrowing down the possible travel windows. For most families, a trip of three or four days provides ideal enough time for catching up, narrating old stories and creating new memories. If you intend having school going children in the group too, then choose a 3-4-days weekend : Memorial Day, President’s Day Weekend, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Columbus Day. You may like to be a little more ambitious to plan a week-long getaway-in that case, aim for summer. Whatever you do, do remember to make lodging reservations, get a head count and book all the tickets; at least six to nine months in advance. (image by Rennett Stowe)
So, are you ready to experience the magic of a great family reunion -the affordable, simplified and fun-filled way?
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