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12 Tips for Great Multigenerational Family Vacations

Multigenerational family vacations are growing increasingly popular, but planning for these events can be stressful. Please join us in welcoming Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network to The Window Seat.  She shares twelve family travel tips that can help make your next multigenerational family vacation the best ever.

1. Consider health, safety and personality issues. Plan a multigenerational vacation that will match the needs and interests of all ages rather than one designed solely to cater to the grandchildren. Be honest about the preferences and limitations of all participants and keep their activity, diet and health restrictions in mind.

Over and Under-Rated Travel Experiences

A friend and I were talking recently about how—in a world overflowing with images and guidebooks—sometimes you can come upon a place when traveling and feel you’ve seen it all before. Sadly, this happened to me in the Louvre in Paris, when I struggled my way in to see the Mona Lisa and found myself in a camera-flashing, elbow-bumping mob of Mona- manic tourists who almost entirely blocked the view of the poor little Lisa who smiled enigmatically nonetheless beneath several inches of plate glass.

Those cities that fall in the overrated category are now the subject of an essay by British stockbroker-turned-traveler Leon Logothetis, who has filmed a TV series called “Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,” which will air later this month on Fox Reality Channel. An article on the San Francisco Chronicle‘s website talks about how Logothetis’s criteria for what makes a city overrated really boils down to the people themselves and the varying degrees to which they are “unfriendly and mean.”

Volunteers Honor Veterans

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. With all the news about the economy, stock market and election, sometimes it’s easy to forget we’re fighting not one, but two wars. We must remember that while worries about finances, employment, and home values are very real, there are men and women putting themselves in danger day in and day out.

I came across this story on CNN and it brought me to tears. I remember how I was in the Atlanta airport for two days around Thanksgiving last year (no, I was not stuck but there for our annual Thanksgiving Task Force) and every time a flight of our military men and women arrived, they were greeted with cheers and applause. It was extremely moving and I was so happy to read today that this is done at airports all around the country.

I know a lot of you will be traveling through airports in the coming weeks. If you see a man or woman in uniform, welcome them home. Or if they’re on their way back to service, thank them and wish them well. I bet it would mean a lot.

And if you know a veteran of a past war, take a moment to say thank you. I will say a big thank you to my favorite vet — my dad, who was in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Thank you Dad! I love you.