Family reunions, pessimists say, can be just like what happens at Christmas – everyone gets together and… argues! But it need not be like that. Of course, if Aunt Agatha turn up – you know, the notoriously indiscreet one who blurts out EVERY family secret AND reminds other family members of EVERY misdemeanor they have committed – then you could be in for trouble. Just make sure she is excluded! She lives in Florida, so plan the get-together for somewhere a LONG way away from her. If the reunion is on a “lost and found” basis, i.e. siblings meeting after a protracted absence, then it’s likely to be a truly heartwarming experience. Ironically, the longer the period without contact, (provided the time apart has been deliberate, of course) the more joyous the reunion. For example, see this episode of the Steve Harvey show. Do your reconnaissance Proper planning will help to ensure a smooth get-together. If you are having a reunion of family members, presumably of disparate ages, then choose a place where all generations can be catered to. Advance planning is essential. Avoid last-minute booking when hotel rooms, particularly in big cities, are usually at a premium. You may do well to reserve a block of rooms in a hotel at a special reduced rate (a minimum of 10 rooms is usually required) but don’t accept the first quote you see. Shop around because there are some good deals to be found. Hotel Planner is a great site for you to find the best accommodation. Different generations will have specific requirements. Older people may need more comfortable surroundings. Perhaps they will also need rooms with special handles, call buttons and emergency phones, and maybe even a hotel carer/nurse. Contact the hotel beforehand and find out how they can help with special requirements. Younger people will be more interested in exploring the sites and clubbing. Parents with younger children may need a hotel with professional entertainers/animators to keep them distracted. So do make sure you do your homework beforehand.
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