With multi-generational travel being labelled as one of the top travel trends, there are many destinations and experiences that the whole family can enjoy.
The Australian Edition of the Virtuoso Luxe Report recently named ‘multi-generational travel’ as the number one travel trend for 2019. This is hardly surprising - with today’s hectic schedules and always being connected to the internet and smartphones, families are looking for ways to get away from it all, and spend some quality time together.
Whether it’s exploring beautiful scenery or embarking on an adventure holiday, there’s something for everyone.
Rocky mountaineer, Canada
Take a journey across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest on the iconic luxury train and discover quaint mountain towns, snow-capped mountains and lumbering bears.
The Rocky Mountaineer is a great trip to take as a family as you can truly relax and reconnect on-board. Often times, there’s no phone signal in the mountains, so you will get quality time together without any of the usual distractions. Swap your phone for the stunning views of the Rockies and connect with nature and your family.
If you’re a foodie, you will be delighted with the Rocky Mountaineer’s options. From award-winning British Columbia wines to three-course menus inspired by Western Canada’s diverse culinary landscape, you’ll be in foodie heaven. The best bit? It’s all included in your train ticket.
You’ll also get a taste of the rich history and culture in the area. All hosts impart knowledgeable insights about the regions you pass through and you will be alerted when incredible photo opportunities arise.
When you step off the Rocky Mountaineer the holiday can continue in nearby destinations such as Vancouver, Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper, just a stone’s throw away. Choose from a vast array of activities such as relaxing hot springs, a leisurely round of golf or a fun helicopter ride.
San Diego, USA
Less than two hours south of LA lies the eighth largest US city, San Diego. A fusion of beautiful beaches, vibrant Mexican influence, world class attractions and 100 distinct neighbourhoods with a laid-back local vibe, San Diego is a modern and sophisticated city with postcard-perfect weather.
The entire family will love visiting Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the United States. The park is often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West" for its impressive collection of cultural institutions. Home to 17 museums, art galleries, beautiful gardens, performing arts venues and much more, it’s a veritable playground for the whole family.
Pop into the San Diego Zoo, perhaps join a BrewHop San Diego Craft Beer Tour, or take in the unique Cali Baja cuisine on a Let’s Go Clandestino tour.
Port Macquarie, Australia
Port Macquarie is the perfect location for Sydneysiders or Brisbanites to escape city life for an inexpensive getaway – just an easy road trip from either city. It’s also the perfect introduction to the laid-back Australian beach and bush culture for those visiting from abroad. Port Macquarie allows for a weekend of quality time and wonderful shared experiences between parents, grandparents, big kids and little kids. Being in the great outdoors, with a chance to see wildlife, explore farms, and reap the benefits of restorative country living.
Stop in for a healthy and delicious brekky at the Salty Crew Kiosk and mosey onto the Bago Maze and Winery to literally get lost. Take a walk along the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail that takes you past over 50 one-metre high fibreglass koala structures, then finish up with a Walk, Talk and Feed tour at the world’s first koala hospital – dedicated to the care and preservation of these special animals. The family can then enjoy a trail ride on horseback through the picturesque Cassegrain Winery Estate and for a change of pace, go whale watching on the “Wave Rider”, or hire jet skis with Port Jet.
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Celestyal cruises, Greece/Turkey
A trusty cruise is a traditional way to travel with the family. But, if you’ve got some family members who aren’t all that keen on spending days on end together on a boat, why not choose something short with lots of exciting port stops?
Recognised for their short and affordable cruises around the Greek Islands, Celestyal Cruises (who are the only home-port operators in Greece) offer a classic experience of discovery. Watch postcard images come to life – swaying windmills, striking cliffs, history and culture greet you at every destination - as you cruise along emerald waters through the iconic Islands of Mykonos and Santorini, with Celestyal offering the opportunity to dock at lesser known, but completely enchanting, islands such as Patmos.
Whether your family members are keen to have a traditional beach holiday or want to explore ancient Greece, you can have it all. Grandparents may prefer the peace and sacred religious sites of Patmos, Gen Y might revel in the sunset party vibes of Mykonos, and Gen X might be drawn to the laid-back wine-trails of Santorini.
If any of your folks have mobility issues, there’s plenty to do on-board, too. From Greek dancing lessons, language lessons, quizzes, to Greek BBQ’s happening on board all day, there are some great options for those who are staying close by the boat.
Celestyal’s prices are all-inclusive and also includes two free shore excursions per cruise.
Mammoth Lakes, USA
Located in the heart of the legendary Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mammoth Lakes is a gateway to some of the most majestic and awe-inspiring landscapes in North America. From the stately basalt pillars of the Devils Postpile National Monument to the bubbling hydrothermal springs of Hot Creek Gorge and dizzying heights of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, visitors are deeply immersed in stunning surrounds.
There’s activities for all generations in Mammoth Lakes: as the snows melts off the mountains, a plethora of kid’s activities begin to unveil allowing families to soak up as many family-friendly experiences as possible. Choose from zip lining, bungee trampoline, world-class bike park, climbing wall and more. If nature is more your thing, there’s an abundance of hiking, fishing, canoeing and sightseeing options that have to be seen to be believed. If a bit of learning doesn’t go astray on your holiday, a visit to the earthquake faults allows you to witness firsthand the dramatic evidence of fault lines caused by geologic unrest. Then as you rise above the Eastern Sierra forest canopy take note of the hard-to-miss Inyo craters that are a unique natural phenomenon.