Part I: All In The Family – Ideas For A Multi-generational Holiday

The year-end holidays are right around the corner and if you’re looking for a sign to plan your next getaway, this is it! Instead of travelling solo or with your friends, why not use this December holiday to bond and spend some time with your family?
Whether it’s with your kids, parents, grandparents, or extended family, escaping daily routines and heading away on a multi-generational holiday is a great chance to enjoy new experiences and create new memories together.
While the thought of travelling with so many different individuals may sound daunting, travelling with family can be a success with the right planning and attitude.
We’ve rounded up some inspiring ideas and tips for the perfect family holiday!

1. Cruising Through Your Holiday 

The all-in-one-place factor coupled with the opportunity to explore port cities makes cruising one of the top multi-generational travel choices. The best part about this type of holiday is the myriad of options on board for everyone to set their own pace, making it a great option for different energy levels. Most cruises offer a range of activities, from sports and recreation such as bowling and rock climbing, to live shows, performances, casinos and even clubbing nights. 
While most cruises from Singapore will take you to nearby destinations such as Langkawi, Penang and Phuket, you can consider the option of taking a FlyCruise, where you fly to a destination such as Hong Kong and board the cruise that will take you to places like Vietnam or even Japan.
Check out some options from WTS Travel at their outlets at Causeway Point, Northpoint City or Waterway Point!

2. Heritage Travel 

Take a trip to the land of your ancestors and strengthen your understanding of your roots and culture. These places can give everyone a better connection to the family’s shared personal history and heritage. Older family members can share fond memories of the home where they grew up, childhood games they used to play, and even the places they used to frequent. Visiting old hometowns or villages can also give your family the opportunity to meet up with extended relatives! 
Will it be a reunion with the extended family in Hong Kong, or a self-discovery tour in Malaysia? Discuss with your family members about your heritage and where you can go.

3. The Adventurous Destination 

Bring the family on an adventure that will be full of opportunities to experience an adrenaline rush!
Thailand and Cambodia are all good options for thrilling activities in Southeast Asia. Explore the Mekong River by kayaking or Thailand's Phang Nga Bay, which is famous for its appearance in the James Bond movie, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. That’s not all; river rafting, or even sandboarding, is possible at these places. Just pick a destination and find out what type of adventure awaits! 
If you are looking for something further from home, New Zealand has been identified as one of the top travel destinations in 2018. Its stunning natural landscape is suitable for a wide range of extreme sports, as well as more laid-back activities such as vineyard tours and lake cruises. There are options galore for the whole family!
Don’t forget to capture all these memories with a camera. Whether you’re bungee jumping off a cliff or snorkeling in crystal clear waters, the GoPro HERO8 Black is a lightweight and rugged option that’s perfect for your family trip. Get it from Click! at The Centrepoint

4. Kick Back & Relax 

Looking for a relaxing getaway? All-inclusive resorts were among the first to embrace multi-generational travelers. These types of holidays take the stress out of planning a day-to-day itinerary. Everything, including meals and activities, are catered for and located within the resort, so you can wake up each day and slowly decide what you’d like to do!  
For this option, you can consider all-inclusive resorts. The best part about these resorts is that everyone’s preferences are catered to. Travelling with a baby or toddler will also be less challenging with available facilities such as “baby clubs”, which offer age-appropriate activities, meals especially designed for babies and childcare accessories.

5. City Escape

Some cities contain just as much thrills and excitement as the countryside! For example, cities in Japan and Vietnam are top multi-generational destinations because of the sheer diversity of adventures, the great shopping and terrific food.
Osaka, Japan’s third largest city, is one of the top destinations to visit in Asia. Also known as “the nation’s kitchen”, its root as Japan’s trade centre for rice has seen its culinary scene blossom with a plethora of various cuisines that foodies will love. For those who are culturally inclined, Osaka is also famous for its traditional castle (Osaka-jo) and is a short train ride from Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage sites located in nearby Kyoto and Nara. 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s southern supercity, is another destination where you’ll find many suitable activities for children, adults and seniors. There are cultural places, historical spots as well as many entertainment centers and open spaces for the kids to run around. 
Now that you have some ideas for your upcoming trip, keep a look out for Part 2 of our article for tips to make your multi-generational holiday more enjoyable!