2022 Travel Trend: Big Family Getaways
BENEFITS OF A BIG FAMILY GETAWAY
If you're like most close-knit families, you love taking vacations together. The benefits of spending quality time all in one location make this trend so popular, among other reasons.
For one, this is an excellent opportunity to bond and reconnect with extended family and friends. You can catch up on their day-to-day lives while reliving old memories through shared stories that make everyone belly laugh. It’s also a great way to make new memories!
Group vacations can also be more cost-effective than individual trips. When sharing a vacation, you can split the cost of things like accommodations, meals, rental cars, and even activities. Plus, with so many people to help organize, there's bound to be someone who has amazing recommendations for the whole family.
Next, big family trips offer a chance to explore new places and try new activities with your favorite people. Whether you're hitting the slopes or visiting a national park, meaningful and shared experiences create lasting euphoria for individuals and groups. By simply sharing a meal at a new restaurant or trying a new hiking trail, a deeper meaning can be attached to the experience; thus, making you happier longer and well beyond the event or experience itself.
And finally, family vacations are just plain fun! With so many people to interact with, there's never a dull moment. If you're looking for an exciting and memorable vacation experience, a big family getaway is definitely worth considering.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A FAMILY VACATION
A family vacation is a special time to bond with your loved ones. It’s the perfect chance to spend quality time together that you don’t usually have due to work, school, and other family obligations. However, planning a trip that will accommodate the needs and interests of everyone in the family can be daunting. With a little forethought and preparation, you can ensure that your family vacation is a big hit!
So, when it comes to planning a big family getaway, there are a few things to keep in mind:
PRO TIP: When planning a massive adventure like this, don’t forget to factor in downtime, everyone will need a break from sightseeing at some point!
With a little planning, you can ensure that your big family getaway is a success. So what are the best destinations for a big family vacation? Keep reading to find out!
PLACES TO STAY FOR FAMILY TRIPS
Large families are looking for places to comfortably accommodate them and provide a bit of privacy. With plenty of space and all the amenities of home, vacation rentals are becoming the go-to option for big family getaways. With the help of Natural Retreats, you're sure to find the perfect place to create lasting memories with your loved ones.
Here are our recommendations by location:
Park City, Utah
Pioche Ski Home: This newly remodeled 5-bedroom mountain chalet is conveniently located on its own private ski run—Pichoe Ski Trail—and is easily accessible from Lake Jordanelle. This year-round destination offers panoramic mountain views, high ceilings, and a fabulous kitchen to make old family recipes. Sleeps up to 16 guests at a time.
Elysium Chalet: This 6-bedroom ski-in, skl-out chalet is an ultra-modern home that has multiple indoor and outdoor living areas so everyone can spread out, as well as a heated pool and hot tub. Not to mention, a wall of asymmetrical windows for unparalleled mountain and lake views. Sleeps up to 16 guests comfortably.
Sea Islands, South Carolina
The Oyster’s Pearl on Harbor Island: While on the smaller size, this 2-bedroom home boasts charming creek and river views and is ideal for a couple’s retreat or a small family getaway. Staying on Harbor Island includes access to the pools, fitness center, tennis courts, and a basketball court. Sleeps up to 6 guests at a time.
Mountain Vista Retreat: If you’re looking for the quintessential laid-back mountain charm, then this is the perfect escape for your next family vacation. Mountain Vista is a 4-bedroom cozy alpine retreat that offers peace and quiet for the whole family as it features 3-levels of professionally decorated spaces, in-floor radiant heating, three separate family rooms, and incredible views. Sleeps up to 10 guests total.
Big Sky, Montana
Southfork Retreat: Southfork is a luxurious single-family home with enormous cozy-cabin character and spacious living quarters. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, it’s close to some of the best biking, hiking, and walking trails in the area. This 4-bedroom home-away-from-home includes an attached apartment above the garage with an additional bedroom. Sleeps up to 12 guests comfortably.
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Buckhaven on Thunder Mountain: This immaculate new listing is perfect for entertaining as it features a home movie theater, game room, hot tub, and outdoor covered kitchen. After a busy day spent exploring, guests can rest peacefully in this 4-bedroom, 6-bath well-appointed home—with a loft. Also, when you book your stay, you receive free admission to popular Smoky Mountain attractions with Xplorie. Sleeps up to 16 guests all year long.
Taos, New Mexico
Wilderness Lodge: Situated at the very top of Taos Ski Valley, the Wilderness Lodge at Kachina Peak is the highest private residence and accommodation in the state, sitting at 10,200 feet. You and your family will love this 5-bedroom home as it features five king-sized beds and two bunks beds—great for adults and kids. Sleeps up to 12 guests throughout the year.
Sun Valley, Idaho
The Ranch: This new listing is a one-of-a-kind elegant equestrian estate with a main house and a guest house—making it ideal for large groups and a bit of privacy. This 4-bedroom house was built for entertaining as it has several outdoor spaces, an indoor heated lap pool, an infrared sauna, and a private hot tub. The guest house is a 2-bedroom apartment (one queen, two twins) with a separate entrance from the main house. Sleeps up to 8 guests total in the main house and guest house.
PRO TIP: Book your travel and accommodations well in advance to get the best deals.
OTHER POPULAR FAMILY TRAVEL TRENDS
Families are increasingly looking for vacation experiences that offer both educational and cultural opportunities. This trend is being driven in part by the desire to give children a well-rounded education, but it is also a reflection of the family's growing interest in the world around them.
For more information on educational travel, check out our blog post: Educational Vacations for Families
Additionally, multigenerational travel is also on the rise as more families are taking trips together—as well as “skip-gen” trips that focus on grandparents bonding with their grandchildren by taking them on a vacation. Have you ever heard of “gramping?” It’s an adventurous trend where grandparents take their grandkids camping to bond without the parents' involvement.
If you’re interested in learning more about this trend, read our blog post: Gramping
There's nothing quite like a big family trip! From quality time together laughing and sharing, to making new memories through adventure and experiences, it's the perfect way to reconnect with loved ones. And while this new travel trend may be sparked by the pandemic, it is likely that big family getaways will become a permanent fixture in the travel landscape.
So if you're looking for a way to connect with your relatives, book a big family getaway with Natural Retreats today!
Planning a big family getaway or reunion? Make sure to capture your favorite family moments, and tag us on social media @naturalretreats and use the hashtag #openthedoortomore.