This April, we spent part of a week in London with my daughter and her family. She flew over from Berlin, where she was living and working and we crossed the Atlantic.
It was spring break. Our mini-vacation had its high points — we all loved Wicked and the Egyptian exhibit at the British Museum. There were also lows, when all five of us — daughter, son-in-law, grandson and the two of us — were miserable about where we were or why we had decided to be there.
That's how it goes with multigenerational vacations: You have your big smiles, belly laughs and joy-filled photo ops. Then you do not.
Good Times Together — And Bad
Next month, we are heading to Vermont. This time we will be vacationing with both of our children and their families, which puts us in the 15 percent of vacationing boomers who are traveling with their grown children, according to AARP.
It will be a reunion of sorts — our daughter is coming back from Berlin after a year of living there; my son and his family are seeing their sis and cousins after a year's hiatus. We've done the Vermont-togetherness thing before, and we have learned — the hard way — where the little worms lie in our happiness apple.
Whether a family is traveling around (as we were in London) or settling into a resort area (as we will be in Vermont), there are ways to avoid some of the miseries that can accompany a multigenerational vacation.
Click through this slideshow to find the top rules for avoiding meltdown moments.
(This article appeared previously on GrownChildren.net.)