If your entire large family has decided to go overseas together, that can present a number of unique challenges. Here are some tips to help make traveling with your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents easier.
Hire Airport Transportation
One of the biggest challenges of traveling with such a large group is knowing whether everyone will be on time for the flight. Taking an airport shuttle can be the best way to ensure that everyone is on time and that everyone can find each other. No one will get lost on the way to the airport, no one will be delayed in the parking lot and no one will leave late. You will all be able to stay together while you're at the airport and board the flight on schedule.
When you have a particular type of airport transportation in mind, make an attempt to see the shuttle transporting you before you embark on your trip. You have to be sure that car seats and luggage will fit well so that you aren't delayed on the day of your flight because everyone can't fit inside. If you are unable to see the shuttle before you leave, consider reserving another one just so you are sure everyone has a spot.
It can be stressful for one person to be in charge of everything during the trip. To make sure things continue to run smoothly without putting all the pressure on one person, make sure to give the adults in your family a specific job. For example, one person might be in charge of reserving the hotels. Another family member can make a list of things to see. People can take turns counting everyone to make sure your large family remains together. By making sure everyone has a job, no one feels overwhelmed.
Have Some Down Time
You might have a list of sights and sounds you want to experience before you have to go home, but it's also important to schedule down time for the family. Everyone won't always want to go sightseeing, so deliberately scheduling some time for people to sleep or spend some time in smaller groups might be a good idea.
Use the tips in this article to help make your trip easier. Talk to the other adults going on the trip to make sure you come up with a game plan that ensures the trip works for everyone.