What do you do when family lives all over the country?
Our family is spread out all over the US. We have family in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Texas, and Florida. How do you choose the best location to hold a reunion to be 'fair' to everyone? In the past we have had reunions based on where the host family is from. If you were in our family and planning the reunion, where would you have it?
COMMENTS FROM READERS:
- Is there a location that has meaning? People are usually more willing to travel if it's somewhere with good memories.
- Have a different destination and change it each year
- The first priority to take into consideration are the elders of the family. How much travel can the older family members endure and still have a good refreshing time? A survey taken not so long ago stated that the most supportive reunion attendees among family members are the older ones. Most are willing to travel to see their progeny. Still it’s important to consider making the means of travel as comfortable and refreshing as possible for our elders. As discussed in my reunion planning guidebook, when family members are spread out across the states it is best to “provide several possible locations in the event planning survey.” First ask the family for suggestions regarding possible locations. Three locations will do. Next add the locations to the survey and send them out. Tally the returned surveys to determine the most desired location.
- We typically choose states where family lives or somewhere in between
- We usually try to meet somewhere in the middle, or rotate around the country, meeting in a different state each time.
- you might also look at where the larger group of family members is located
- In the city of the reunion host. We gather every two years and decide at the end of one reunion where the next one will be.
- We have ours where our grandparents/parents raised us all, which was pretty much in one area. So we were lucky.
- Maybe a location that is most central to everyone, or one that has the least expensive hotels, car rentals & etc.