A little time together is an unforgettable bonding experience
Since school is out, and we are well into the summer, you may just find the time to fit in something that makes you the grandparent even more GRAND! – a wonderful excursion or trip together. And, best of all, we aren’t suggesting long traveling, just some genuine time together and a couple of tips to consider.
Going on a trip or excursion or whatever you’d like to call it, becomes such a memorable experience no matter where you are. Remember, all that matters is that you are simply together!
Your grandchildren’s minds are rapidly soaking in everything around them, so why not surround them with enriching new people, places, cultures and experiences on a learning adventure together? Introducing your grandchild to the world of travel can be one of the greatest gifts you can give them. The time for strengthening family bonds and sharing memories with your grandchildren is now.
Traveling with grandkids can bring with it fun, adventure and challenges too. We’re here to guide you through the rousing exploit that is travel with grandkids, with advice on how to inspire a sense of adventure in your grandchild, tips for traveling with grandkids and much more!*
1. Choose Activities You Can Enjoy Together
Whether you’re traveling on a Grandparent adventure with a travel group or going on your own, be sure to choose a program or activities that you can both participate in. If you don’t feel comfortable going horseback riding, leave that activity for another time and choose a robot-building experience. Grandparent learning trips are an opportunity to really interact with and bond with your grandchild rather than watch them from the sidelines.
2. Encourage the Kids to Make Friends
One of the most valuable experiences you can give to your grandchild on a trip is to open their eyes to different people, cultures and experiences. When you choose a Grandparent trip, look for lodging accommodations that are children friendly, and your grandkids will have the opportunity to meet other kids from all over the country and the world. Encourage them to make friends!
3. Capture the Moment
Don’t forget your camera! Photos of the two of you are some of the best souvenirs you can come home with. Consider bringing an extra point-and-shoot camera (or polaroid!) for your grandchild to capture the experience from their perspective, and practice your “selfie” skills before you leave. To really wow the teenagers, learn how to use Facebook or Instagram before your trip.
4. Relax and Enjoy the Kids
Traveling can be stressful, especially when you’re traveling with little ones. But try to set your stress aside and enjoy your trip with your grandkids. Get down to your grandkids’ level and be silly! Try things you wouldn’t normally try. We can almost guarantee you’ll return home feeling younger than when you left.
5. Do the Planning Together
The bonding time can start before you even step into a train, plane or automobile! Involving your grandchild in the planning process can be a fun experience on its own and a reason to get together now and then before your trip. Plus, it will guarantee that the activities or program you choose will be something you both find interesting and fun!
*Portions of article reprinted from: https://www.roadscholar.org/travel-resources/grandparents/