Traveling the World with My Grandchildren After 50 is a Privilege
“Oh, the places I’ve been,” -Dr. Seuss
I have wanderlust in my blood. Sharing my feelings about travel with my grandchildren is a privilege. Like me, you are at the stage in life where you have the time to plan a journey with your family. I guarantee it will prove to be worth your effort and pocketbook.
I did not begin my real travels until I was in my late 30s. That was 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 I am sure in many of yours. I am always glad to learn how many grandparents are traveling with their grandchildren. How fortunate the little darlings are. Seeing the world with a multi-generational group, grandparent and grandchild, adds depth and meaning to the experience,
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 travel with grandchildren, and we all agreed it is a loving and educational gift we give to our grands and ourselves.
Turn Your Mind Toward Traveling With Your Grandchildren After 50
Summer is fast approaching, and the thought of taking grandchildren on a trip crosses a grandmother’s mind. Alone time is a treat for grandmothers 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.
We have taken our grands to London. France and Africa. London has so much history and English-speaking citizens. A Trip to Paris and Normandy is ‘ la la,’ and educational, and in Africa, you’ll find the silverback gorillas, the Serengeti plain, Safaris, and so much more. The best part is sharing the experience together as a family.
Your Budget and Time Are Huge Considerations When Traveling With Grandchildren After 50
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 or a day 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 journal is a must to record each day of their trip. -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 and see the difference between Democracy and Socialism. Cuba is the perfect venue. My ultimate concierge and I have traveled across Cuba and we want to take some of our grands. Next trip.
- 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 not forget and pave their way ‘into the wonderful world of art.’
- Visit Hemmingway’s apartment, one of America’s most famous authors will expose them to the wonderful world of literature.
- The Cuban Opera, The Cuban Dance School, and Schools for Athletics are very imposing. The Cuban government spends it money on the arts — not on its thousands of poor citizens.
- 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 or abroad.
There are travel companies that plan trips just for grandparents and their grandchildren, such as Road Scholar and Tauck Tours.
A Few Suggestions
How about a trip to Hawaii to learn about marine life or a rafting trip down the Colorado River or to the music capital 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. “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 and Chicago I suggest hiring a guide to take you on a walking tour and see the city on a four-hour bus tour.
In today’s world these cities have their problems but we cannot stop living and learning. We just have to be ‘aware.’
- A visit to Broadway, Time Square and the theatre is a must.
- 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 your homework.
I believe traveling is a most enriching experience. I want you to expose your grandchildren 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 the many multifaceted cultures.
Travel is a delightful way to learn and love as a family. This is what we want to leave them in their heads. Knowledge and family love.
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Glad you enjoyed. Warmly, Honey
highly recommend travel with grands; i do it a few times a year. a summer week at a beach house bring three generations together. we have so much to teach and they have so much to learn! in june i’m taking my 17 year old grand to france and italy then taking a cruise to greece and turkey. so fun. we will eat in the eiffel tower and explore ephesus.
eyes wide open. neve stop learning, even from the grands.
What a gramma you are!!!! As I always say,” It is what we ‘leave them’ in their head that counts. Warmly, Honey
Your enthusiasm for travel is energizing! This summer, we are planning a 10 day vacation with our kids and 12 grandchildren, ages 10 months to 7 years old. Very low-key, staying in a relative’s beautiful second home in Northern Michigan. We did this 4 years ago, with 8 fewer grandchildren then, and it was such a fun time. Playing games, gathering Petoskey stones on the beach, bonfires. We can’t wait!! Time spent together is such a gift.
The best!!! A family compound of laughter and love. Have a marvelous time! Warmly, Honey