“Oh, the places I’ve been,” -Dr. Seuss
I did not begin my real travels until I was in my late 30s when I was at the right stage of life to appreciate other environments and cultures. Always excited for the next trip and the one after that, I have had the privilege to travel the world and the United States. Traveling has played a vital role in my life and in many of yours and I am glad to read how many grandparents are traveling with their grandchildren. How fortunate the little darlings are. Seeing the world in a multi-generational group, grandparent and grandchild adds depth and meaning to the experience, for the entire family. Today, almost 50% of grandparents are traveling with grandchildren.
Yesterday I had a ‘traveling’ good time with my ultimate concierge and another couple. We drove twenty minutes to catch a French film and listen to a revue presented by the director. The entire trip lasted but four hours but it was marvelous. On the drive home our discussion turned to traveling with grandchildren and we all agreed it is the best loving and educational gift we give to our grands and ourselves.
Summer is fast approaching and the thought of taking grandchildren on a trip crosses a grandmother’s mind. Alone time is a treat for grandmother and grandchildren. It is their time to bond. Multigenerational trips are beneficial for all.
At this time of the year, we envision a huge panorama, a wide map of the world, and daydream of places of interest to travel with the little darlings.
Maybe, a trip to London to see Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, or a cooking tour through Italy, with other grandmothers and grandchildren, where the little darlings will be instructed in how to blanch different types of pasta and make sure it is always, al dente, and what about a visit across America to the Presidential Libraries or the National Parks! These are marvelous types of educational trips.
Your Budget and Time Is a Huge Consideration
What if your time or your budget do not permit you to be a globe-trotting grandmother? Might you consider something on a smaller scale where you can travel with your grandchildren and still have a wonderful adventure? Of course!
An adventurous trip on a smaller scale can be just as magical. Let’s change course and think of travel with your grands in terms of a weekend journey, a day trip and an international trip that is not thousands of miles away from our shores. I would like to share some ideas with you.
Traveling with Grandchildren Outside of the US
A diary to record each day of their trip, is a must -Honey Good
Let’s begin with my review of a less expensive and fabulous trip to share with your grandchildren, international, yet close to America’s shore. I would recommend Cuba. The people are warm and open to conversation. The government spends its money on the arts. The trip is educational and grandchildren will not experience a moment of boredom and come home culturally enriched.
- It’s important for the younger generation to actually experience the difference between Democracy and Socialism. Cuba is the perfect venue. I have traveled across Cuba and I want to take some of our grands.
- Cuban art. There is a museum in Havana but the fascination of experiencing art in the homes of the artist or in their yards will give your grandchildren an experience they will remember and pave their way ‘into the wonderful world of art.’
- Visit Hemmingway’s apartment, one of America’s famous authors exposes them to the wonderful world of literature.
- The Cuban Opera, The Cuban Dance School and Schools for Athletics are very imposing.
- Cuban Music: The island is known for its music. Bands play everywhere in Havana. Happiness on the streets is contagious.
- Last but not least is the Cigar Factory. A fascinating adventure!!!
- The price is right!
One Week Trips in America
I would plan the trip with your grands. That is half the fun. Ask them what they would like to see and ‘explore’ in their country. I have found that taking a group tour is worth the money. There are travel companies that plan trips just for grandparents and their grandchildren, such as Road Scholar and many multifaceted travel companies have added grandparent and grandchildren tours. The tour I love and would recommend is, Tauck Tours.
A Few Suggestions
How about a trip to Hawaii to learn about marine life or a rafting down the Colorado River, all-inclusive resorts, Music in Nashville, a tour of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone, renting a cottage near the shore in Maine, a bike trip, a theme park vacation, a family cruise in the Caribbean geared toward the young? “Oh, the places to go… the people to meet.”
A 3-Day Weekend Trip in the US
I would recommend exposing your grandchildren to one of the largest cities in our country: New York, Chicago and LA. I suggest hiring a guide to take you on a walking tour. Or, see the city on a four-hour bus tour.
- A visit to Broadway and the theatre
- A boat trip to The Statue of Liberty
- 911 Memorial. The group tour is great
- The Museum of Natural History
- Empire State Building
- Central Park
- Wall Street
- The Apple store!
- The Shed Aquarium. Incredible.
- Top of the Hancock Building: the 95th floor. Panoramic view of the city
- The Field Museum
- The Art Institute
- Navy Pier
- Millennium Park. An outdoor concert. Bring a picnic to the park.
- Honey Good! Send me an email.
Now my darlings, it is up to you and your grandchildren to do homework. I believe traveling is the most enriching experience. I want you to expose your grandchildren if you can to the wonderful world of travel. What a gift. This will widen their horizons and open their eyes to the largeness of the world and its multifaceted cultures.
They will come home to their country full of appreciation for living in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America.