Make the Most of Your Family Reunion Gathering
Family reunions are one of the main reasons people look forward to traveling in the summer months. City dwellers relish the opportunity to return to the family farm. Kids get to play with their cousins and Grandkids get to see the spot where their uncles fished as children. Some like to meet in exciting cities like Chicago or Las Vegas which has something for everybody. For some the highlight of the event is the introduction of new members through birth or marriage. And it is always a good time to fellowship together and remember those who’ve passed on. There are lots of details that go into planning reunions, and making travel plans is the first place to start once the location has been decided. Some families use a rotating system so they know 3-5 years in advance where the reunion will be. As family members age, consideration may change the routine so they can be included without the rigors of a long flight or train ride. One thing is sure, if your reunion hinges upon air flights, planning well in advance is the best thing to do. You want to book tickets in the 47-day advance window to get the best fares. Communicating this is so much easier now than in years past thanks to social media. Texts or email reminders to those who will be flying in is a much more efficient way to communicate than letters or phone calls alone.
Equally important as the committee that works out the logistics, is the one that plans the activities. There are lots of ways to build fun and excitement to the gatherings. DNA reveals are still an exciting part of many family reunions and more people are contributing to the databases each year. One of the largest and most respected is Ancestry.com If your family has not asked their elders to take a DNA test, this year would be a good time to do so. Committee chairs know that the best time to plan the next reunion is the evening before the current one ends while details are still fresh in the minds of those who attended. Encourage all family members to shop Groupon when they make their plans for the next reunion so they can save time and money on their flights, and find deals for amusements and entertainment venues in the area. They will also find codes good for discounts on Ancestry DNA kits.
As you get closer to the day, remember to check back here for more tips on travel so you can maximize your budget. We’ll continue to post valuable information about airline fees, new routes, and hidden costs. It’s always good to know before you go.