Shell Vacation Rental's Top Ten Multi-Generational
Survival Tips on Keeping the Peace on Vacation

If you are planning to speak to each other after the trip, follow these great rules for sanity when with the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

1. Breathing room. Allow for some unscheduled, free time in each day’s itinerary. Don't require everyone to be together 24/7.
2. Smart Spending. Don't try to cram everyone into one or two bedrooms to save a few bucks. Spend the extra money on suitable accommodations, with amenities such as kitchens and kitchenettes, so that everyone can be comfortable and instead budget wisely on things like food, activities and souvenirs.
3. The family that plays together, stays together. Since the point of taking a family vacation is to be together, make it a point to have at least one meal or activity per day together.
4. All for one and one for all. Pick a destination and resort that everyone can rally around and has amenities and nearby attractions for all age groups to enjoy.
5. Who’s the boss? Involve the children in planning the days’ itineraries. Perhaps give each child one day where they get to pick the recreational activity and lunch option for the family. As an additional trip-planning resource, many of Shell’s properties’ websites offer sample itineraries and day trip ideas that are crowd-pleasers for the entire family.
6. Play "outside the box". Make it a point to try something new that you normally wouldn’t do, especially if it means doing it with one of your loved ones. If grandpa loves to golf, offer to tee off with him. If the kids are into face painting, allow them to paint yours.
7. Two words: date night. Arrange for at least one "date night" to re-group away from the kids during your family vacation. Hire a sitter through your resort or, better yet, leave them with grandma and grandpa—one of the many perks of a multi-gen vacation!
8. Play hooky. To get more bang for your buck on a multi-gen vacation, consider booking trips over weekdays, when rates are lower, instead of weekends. Simply checking in on a Sunday and checking out on a Wednesday could save you hundreds of dollars in lower rates. Also, take advantage of multi-night incentives offered during the week.
9. Point of view. To make sure the trip is documented through everyone’s perspective, arm the family, kids included, with their own disposable cameras. When you get home, your scrapbook will be sure to include the trip’s most candid, and often, most fun moments.
10. Keep it in perspective. When things get stressful and you begin to feel like you’ve had a little too much together-time, remember to appreciate that you are lucky to have each other.

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:

Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 22 one-of-a-kind resorts in popular vacation destinations throughout the United States and Canada including Whistler, California, Arizona and Hawaii. The company is known for its friendly service home-away-from-home amenities. Designed to accommodate family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, reunions, Shell Vacations provides one- to three-room accommodations such as private villas, stylish suites and upscale condos offer home comforts including fireplaces, full kitchens and private patios. Shell Vacations Hospitality is a subsidiary of Shell Vacations LLC, a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit


Powered by WSI Inc. in partnership with Monte Gifford Design.