Choose Your Own Adventure
There's a suitable vacation out there for every extended family, no matter how varied its members. Here are more options to choose from, depending on the makeup of your group.
If your first priority is bonding rather than sightseeing, all-inclusive resorts are a no-stress answer. Iberostar (iberostar.com) has moderately priced choices in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Ask for a group discount if you're reserving 10 or more rooms.
Infants, Young kids, Teens, Elderly relatives, Wheelchair users
Many cruise lines have minimum-age requirements, so ask before booking if you're traveling with an infant. But most new and large ships do accommodate wheelchairs; arrange through Accessible Journeys, which specializes in wheelchair travel (800/846-4537).
Young kids, Teens, Elderly relatives, Wheelchair users
The great outdoors can be a good destination for families traveling with animals. International campground chain KOA (koa.com) allows pets at all of its locations, although each one has its own specific policy—for example, some don't let dogs stay inside cabins—and all require leashes.
Young kids, Teens, Pets
Active trips help keep fidgety teens' moods from souring as the days stretch on. Look into sea kayaking, wildlife exploration, and volcano hiking with Thomson Family Adventures (familyadventures.com). There are trips for kids as young as 6, and those 11 and under get deep discounts.
Young kids, Teens