Family Travel is growing and flourishing as more and more parents with limited time want to spend quality time with their children. In addition there are more and more grandparents traveling on trips with their grandchildren. Family travel can be defined as any combination of family members of any age traveling together for any type of travel. This market doesn’t have the time for researching everything themselves or they get overwhelmed with the mass of information available to them on the web and they are hungry for the expert help of Travel Agents.
According to the Family Travel Network well over 100 million vacations per year include children. It makes family travel one of the fastest growing travel niches.
Family Vacations are in fact group travel especially as many of the family trips include extended family. In many cases this might be the one time a year all the family can get together. Especially in this day and age when work and schooling tends to have families spread across numerous cities either nationally or internationally.
There are families who research and book their travel themselves online, but with time restraints and the abundance of information, and the fact that they may be trying to gather people from various destinations the whole process can become overwhelming. This coupled with problems that can arise from medical emergencies, weather related problems or unforeseen happenings that necessitate changes or cancellations to a trip making it a tedious chore to take on themselves to rearrange or contact suppliers to cancel make it much more feasible to work with a Travel Agent who can take care of any problems that arise on their behalf.
This is were a Travel Agent becomes invaluable as they can present all parties with various programs to match their requests and work with the family until they find exactly what they are looking for within their time frame and budget, and should a problem arise they are your one stop contact to assist in resolving the problem.
Basically the Travel Agent becomes a one stop shop for all of your arrangements. The Travel Agency should be family friendly and know the destination well so they can match the family with the appropriate property or tour. Families with 4 – 12 year olds can readily find resorts with good facilities for the children, however it’s much harder to find properties with good facilities for babies and children under 4, and where do families go to find programs that will keep teenagers happy and occupied?
There are many types of travel available to Families, all inclusive resorts, Cruises that cater to children, custom programs, package tours to places like Disney, adventure travel trips, weekend getaways, timeshare rentals and more. Among popular destinations are Florida and California for Disney and more, Hawaii, National Parks, Winter Activity getaways, RV trips, Farm Vacations, Ranches, Sports programs, International Travel, Christmas Programs, River Barging and River Cruises. These are just a few – the list of opportunities is unlimited.
In general Family groups are looking to create lasting family memories. Parents, Children, Grandparents and Grandchildren live further and further apart than they ever have in history and getting to together has become more and more difficult and time constrained. So any opportunities for a family to get together is a time for bonding and creating memories and spending quality time with other family members. Family Vacations have become the ideal way to get the family together and this niche will grow as families are further separated by work commitments, schools and the economy in general.
Baby Boomers have always wanted to pass onto their children more than they ever had, and now they want to leave behind memories of quality time and experiences that they have spent together as a family.