Hotels Are Great for Family Reunions
What are your special family trip moments? For many, it may be going out in the early morning, skiing and boarding in those first few hours of light with your dad and uncle when the lake was glass. For others, it may be card playing, smoking meat, theme park, canyoneering, or going to see a play on Broadway. Whatever your certain memories are, coming together is a fun time to have and reconnect fun. But, here’s the offer. Just because you love being together doesn’t indicate that you’re willing to love sharing the same house together for a week or two. In fact, we’re pretty sure that getting hotel rooms for each individual family is the way to go, and here are four factors why.
To begin with, it gives you a place to unwind. There’s just something to be said for having the opportunity to have some down time to regroup at the end of the day. You might be one of those that needs time to refresh your batteries before you can mingle again in the morning, and that’s okay. Having your own space to pull back to at the end of the day provides that outlet for you.
Second, if you’re there with your young family, getting your own hotel room lets you stick to the routine. Enjoying with cousins all day is so much fun, but it can be hard to get everyone to calm down and settle in for the night if they are still in play mode. If you have your own room, you can get everyone bathed, placed on their favorite movie to help them wind down, or curl up on the bed with a book to read together like you do at home, without the noise of the group.
Third, you have the ability to choose your entertainment for the evening. Whether you wish to watch a favorite show or get a movie on TV, you’ve got it made. With each family having their own place to crash at the end of the day, everyone can choose what they want to tune into as they relax, instead of going with the consensus of the group (which can be handy if the tastes of the members of your group are really different).
As much as you love the boisterousness when everyone is together, it’s nice to listen to nothing. Plus, if your sister’s kids aren’t sleeping well, they won’t disturb everyone else. (Aaaaaaand … it’s stressful to be that parent whose kid is having a hard time and you’re worried about keeping everyone else up!
A weight room or pool to swim in (making it easy to stay active and exercise while you’re on vacation)? Being away doesn’t mean you have to entirely disconnect from the outside world, and it’s also nice to have food provided in the morning instead of having to eat out.
Having everyone stay in their own rooms (but in the same location) makes it easy to reserve a coach for the whole family’s transportation. After recharging at the end of the day and getting a good night’s sleep, you’ll be ready to come back together with everyone and the laughter and fun can begin while en route to whatever the plan is for the day.