4 Tips for Planning a Family Reunion in DC
Family get-togethers not only rejuvenate old relationships but also help in maintaining an accurate family tree. A few decades ago, many family reunions were held at home where everyone brought a dish and shared stories. Today, more families are opting for eventful get-togethers, such as road trips and multi-day camping trips. Needless to say, if you’re thinking of a similar family reunion in DC, you’ll need additional planning for a successful trip. So, before you go overboard with a reunion that only a few can afford, check out these four practical planning tips.
1. Create a Family Social Media Group
Planning a family reunion involves communicating the same message to dozens of people. Unfortunately, communicating through the phone or emails is often tiring, time-consuming, and inefficient.
Fortunately, you can use the power of social media to put all of the details in one place. This avenue is not only convenient for everyone, but it also allows family members to ask questions and weigh in on their recommendations for the trip. For the group chat, consider family-friendly social media platforms and apps. For example, Facebook Group (or Events), Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, and GroupMe.
2. Choose Several Favorable Dates
If your family is flexible, choose several dates for the trip, and let everyone decide which works best for them. Choose dates that are far enough in advance (preferably months ahead). That way everyone has room to arrange time off for work and make the necessary travel arrangements.
Of course, summer is an opportune time for family reunions; school is out and the weather is warmer! But, if you’re on a budget, consider setting a date during the off-season (i.e. November through March) when prices for travel packages drop by up to 50%. Even better, most leisure hotspots are usually less congested during this time. You may also want to plan the reunion during a special event, for example, a 10th-anniversary family party.
3. Charter a Bus
Parking in DC can be expensive and a bit of a nightmare to say the least, unless you live in its outskirts. Thus, having everyone take their own car for the family trip can be quite hectic. So, skip the hassle and confusion and charter a bus instead.
Generally, it is much easier and more convenient to keep everyone under one roof. This way, you can solidify your family bond better by sharing fun moments and lots of laughs. Plus, chartering a bus will also keep you from worrying about parking and fighting traffic.
4. Decide on Accommodation and Activities
From hotels in downtown DC to cabins at campgrounds, there are many different lodging options for large groups. DC is also home to an abundance of free (or low-cost) tourist attractions including museums, memorials, parks, and monuments.
And, if you’re traveling between March and April, be sure to take part in the National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the annual bloom of the cherry blossom trees. Eat, drink, and enjoy iconic events such as the Pink Tie Party fundraiser and parade featuring live music, interactive art installations, games and activities, a beer garden, and fireworks show.
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