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Bringing the Entire Family Together for the Holidays When You Have Elderly Members in Homes

One of the hardest parts about getting older and growing up is being forced to do things you don’t necessarily want to do, or follow jobs you don’t necessarily want to follow. This can cause a lot of stress and pressure during the holidays for big families that are spread all across the country or world. Especially when some members of the family are too old to travel. In these situations, it’s usually best to plan accordingly and do your family events near the eldest members of your family. Here are a few things to consider if you find yourself in this situation.

  1. Flights

Airplane tickets these days are not incredibly or unnecessarily expensive. For members of the family who live too far to drive, be sure to check airfares regularly for promos and discounts. Usually if you start with enough time, you can find a reasonable deal. There are even websites that will allow you to set notifications if they find a promotion to your destination. With the right patience, you can get what you need.

  1. Hotels

Depending on your plans, many family members will probably need to stay in a hotel. If you can bundle your flight and hotel, you’ll probably save some money. Likewise, a lot of hotels will offer group rates so try to all stay in the same hotel if possible. This will also make transportation easier because everyone has a central location.

  1. Rental Car

Even if there will be people there with their own private cars, it’s probable you will need at least one more. Just as with the hotel and flight, bundling the rental car in will save some money. This will make leaving the airport and returning to the airport easy as well so nobody is forced to make an unwanted drop off. Hertz has locations just about everywhere, that you can pick up and drop off your car at anytime.

  1. Communication

With so many people all trying to collaborate on the same thing, it can be easy to misunderstand little things. Be sure everybody is on the same page. It isn’t a bad idea to have a family meeting each night about the next morning and the schedule. That way nobody can use the excuse “nobody told me.”