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Multi-Generational Holiday Vacations

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Holiday vacations for multi-generational families are a wonderful way to spend time together and make precious memories that children, parents and grandparents will cherish for years to come. But selecting a destination that offers something for every family member can be challenging.

As you narrow down destinations, you'll need to consider family members on both ends of the age spectrum. Are there enough kid-friendly activities available to entertain the kids for the duration of the trip? Will elderly family members be able to join in activities and easily navigate in this destination?

And, of course, accommodations play a big role in selecting a multi-generational vacation destination. Finding a place that offers enough room for everyone to have their space without limiting the option for family time is key.

These vacations offer everything a multi-generational family could want and more. Find out which type of destination is right for your family. And don't forget to choose the perfect travel insurance to fit your trip

Cruise Vacations

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Type of family that will love it: Families that have a wide range of ages among the group or very different interests will love the variety of activities cruise ships offer. From endless entertainment options aboard the ship to exciting shore excursions in each port-of-call, every family member can have their dream vacation.

Where you'll find it: Check out cruises to Mexico and the Caribbean. Embark from ports in California for destinations along Mexico's Baja Peninsula and western coast. Or look into departures from East Coast cities and even Galveston, Texas, for Caribbean ports-of-call, including St. Thomas, Nassau, St. Maarten and more.

The best part: Kids can enjoy a sense of independence aboard the cruise ship. Most cruise lines offer kids' clubs, where children can join in age-appropriate activities (such as scavenger hunts for elementary-aged kids and GoPro video shoots for teens) with new friends and cruise ship staff. All this while Mom and Grandma head to the spa and Dad and Grandpa attend a beer tasting.

We recommend: Royal Caribbean's new Quantum-class ships offer unparalleled accommodations that cater to large families. The modular staterooms offer options with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms so multi-generational families can stay together, but still enjoy a bit of privacy.

Winter Wonderlands

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Type of family that will love it: Active families with a taste for adrenaline can hit the slopes in a snowy winter destination. Plus children and adults will be delighted by the magical feelings seasonal activities bring.

Where you'll find it: Choose your perfect winter escape from the many ski towns in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.

The best part: Ski or snowboard school is usually included in the price of your stay or lift ticket; it's the perfect way for kids (and adults who are new to the sport) to build confidence on the slopes. Make time for this on the first day of your trip and your family will be able to enjoy time on the mountain regardless of skill level.

We recommend: Find a resort that offers plenty of options other than skiing and snowboarding so family members who don't want to spend a full day on the slopes will have other options. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, nature programs for families or even cozy fires with hot chocolate are a great way to mix up the days.

Tropical Getaways

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Type of family that will love it: If you've had enough of winter weather, escape the cold on a tropical vacation. Plenty of sunshine and outdoor fun will keep your crew active and happy throughout the trip.

Where you'll find it: Hawaii is a great domestic option. Or consider a country in Central America like Costa Rica or Belize. In any of these destinations, you'll find the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.

The best part: After being cooped up inside for part of the winter, kids and adults will appreciate the opportunity to spend some time outside without getting bundled up. Time spent at the beach or exploring the rainforest will be a welcome chance to enjoy the fresh air.

We recommend: Stay at a kid-friendly resort -- like Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii -- that offers a variety of activities and amenities on the property, including pools, water parks, cultural experiences or even a kids' club. These on site activities can easily keep energetic kids entertained on site while younger siblings or other family members are relaxing.

Historic and Educational

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Type of family that will love it: Families with school-aged children will enjoy a trip to one of America's historic cities. Parents, grandparents and children can enjoy new discoveries as well the chance to learn together.

Where you'll find it: Washington, D.C., Boston or Colonial Williamsburg are all great options.

The best part: Kids that are learning about American history in school will be excited to connect what they've learned to the sites they will see on a vacation to an historic city. Plus, when they get back to school, they'll be even more excited to share stories from the trip with teachers and friends.

We recommend: Plan your day strategically to avoid too much walking that could tire out younger kids and older family members. Mix in leisurely indoor activities with sightseeing, and consider looking into guided bus tours to give tired feet a rest.

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Nov 16, 2015