Traveling is all about making memories.
Vacations are perfect in this day and age for grandparents raising their grandchildren or who are looking for a way to bond with kids attached to their tech devices. However, it takes some planning to make sure the trip is something you’ll all enjoy.
“Traveling with your grandchildren is a wonderful experience that creates special memories,” says Nicole Loomis of Confetti Travel Co.
Loomis advises grandparents to choose a location that will appeal to different age groups and offer amenities to keep everyone safe and happy.
“A cruise is a perfect choice for a multigenerational vacation because it has a lot to offer guests with different requirements,” she said. “The kids can have fun in the kids’ club while the adults enjoy a peaceful swim in the adult pool or perhaps a nap. The family can then get ready and enjoy dinner and a show together.”
Anthony Tucker of All Inclusive Outlet suggests when grandparents are traveling with young ones, they get familiar with family-friendly resorts.
“Although advertised as “family-friendly” resorts, many times there is a specific focus on the age group of the children they have in mind vacationing at their property,” he said.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to home (and that might be especially good for the wee ones), Loomis recommends a Walt Disney World vacation.
“It’s a classic vacation spot to take the grandkids,” she said. “Stay at one of the monorail resorts, such as the Polynesian, so you can return to the room in the heat of the afternoon for a rest and swim. If you have any mobility issues, you can rent an electric scooter and have it delivered to your resort so you can navigate your way back and forth to the parks as well as around the resort.”
A word of caution if you’re traveling out of the country with the children:
“If grandparents will be traveling without any parent of their grandchildren, they should carry a legal document authorizing them to travel with the children and to care for the children in medical emergencies,” said Margie Lenau of Wonderland Family Vacations. “The children will still need passports or birth certificates to travel.”