Travel

4 Great Group Vacation Options

Most of the time, when you go on vacation, you travel with either your sweetie pie or immediate family.

Recently, one of your aunts reached out and asked if you would be interested in helping to plan a vacation for a much larger group of extended relatives. At last count, about a dozen cousins were planning on going, along with the grandparents, aunts and uncles. In other words, a big bunch of your family will be vacationing together.

While you’re happy to help plan this trip, you are also quickly finding out that group travel is different than organizing a getaway for a few people.

Fear not, group vacation planner — there are a number of terrific travel ideas for large numbers of people that will allow you to bond with each other while taking everyone’s interests into account. For instance, consider the following ideas:

1. How About a Cruise?

When a large group of relatives wants to go on vacation together, a cruise is often an ideal option. Not only do cruise liners tend to offer plenty of fun activities in which everyone can partake, but there are also several ports of call you can trek to as a group.

One surefire option is to go with Princess Cruises, which offers a number of Alaska cruise packages that are ideal for a large group of people at affordable prices. For instance, Princess’s roundtrip Alaska cruises last anywhere from a week to 12 days and include a glacier viewing experience, as well as four ports of call and inside passage scenic cruising.

2. Have You Considered a Winery Tour?

If members of your group of extended relatives are 21 and older, then you can’t beat enjoying some of the special offerings on a winery tour. Since Napa and Sonoma tend to be super crowded with large travel groups, you might want to head to the Woodinville Wine Country area outside of Seattle.

The area boasts more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms, and since it’s close to a major metro area, you can find plenty of nice places to stay. As is the case with enjoying a cruise, you can have plenty of group activities as well as solo time. For instance, one afternoon the older relatives might want to head to a winery while the younger group heads to downtown Seattle for a tour.

3. Why Not Experience the Glitz and Glamour of LA?

A large city like Los Angeles is also a perfect group travel destination. Of course, there are a number of different things to do and enjoy in the area. Case in point: Head down Hollywood Boulevard, visit the Getty Museum, check out Koreatown and Japantown and/or shop in Venice.

You could even consider LA your central hub and then take a side day trip to Disneyland in Anaheim and/or to San Diego. You’ll have plenty of time and chances to bond as a group, and if you’re reluctant to drive a rental van in a huge city, you can also take a ride sharing service anywhere you want to go.

4. How About Experiencing Mother Nature as a Group?

If your family loves camping, this is another perfect vacation idea for a crowd. Choose a campsite that’s located close to where you all live, or you could travel to virtually anywhere in the country to get your Mother Nature on. From sitting around the campfire making s’mores and telling funny stories to going on hikes, fishing and making meals, you’ll have tons of opportunities to spend time together at a campground site.

Have a Wonderful Time!

As you can see, there is no shortage of group vacation ideas that will be perfect for your extended family reunion. Whether it’s giving a cruise a try, checking out a big city, relaxing at wineries or gazing at the stars, there are plenty of ways to reconnect with your relatives in a fun and relaxing way.

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