If you’re planning a trip in the near future, don’t knock the idea of recruiting a new set of traveling companions: the people who raised you. Traveling with your mother and father as an adult provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with them or — if you’re the one footing the costs — a memorable way of saying “thank you” for all those years that they supported you.
Plus, traveling with parents allows you to experience the world at a more leisurely pace. And if you take your kids, you’ll be able to secure free babysitting, while enjoying the incredible experience of multi-generational travel.
What It Means To Travel With Parents?
Traveling with your parents opens new doors for communication and bonding. Whether you’re in a new place for the first time, or acquainting yourself with a favorite spot, you have the perfect opportunity to ask questions or plan different activities based on what you and your parents would like to do. If you all understand one another’s interests, countries become more of a jumping off point.
You’ll also have plenty of time to catch up with your parents while traveling. Since you’re busy, you might only manage a quick call every few weeks, but you can elucidate on your day-to-day while you explore the great outdoors. And you don’t have to circumvent that talk about the elephant in the room. If your parents are coming to visit, you can talk with them about their health while you’re both in a safe environment. They’ll probably appreciate being able to get their medications and health worries out of the way, and you’ll have a better idea of what to watch out for as you travel together.
Are You Gonna Travel With Parents?
Before you begin your trip, it’s helpful to look at what all is in store, and to have an idea of what you want to do. Also, decide ahead of time what you’ll be expected to pay — for room and board, meals, and travel — and what kind of activities you may want to participate in. Here are some considerations that you may have to make before taking off:
• Will you or your parents have different needs? If one of you requires a higher level of care, for example, you may have to organize a set schedule of activities to match your parent’s physical limitations.
• Will your parents understand the environment in the country you’re visiting? If you’re going on a rafting trip, will they feel comfortable in that environment?
• Will your mom and dad be worried about you if you’re not in the same place when you’re doing different things?
• Will you need a baby sitter for your children?
• How will your kids get along with your parents? Or vice versa?
• You’ll want to negotiate the cost of all your outings in advance. Be sure that everyone understands what’s expected, and that you all agree.
Next, ask yourself what you want to get out of your traveling time. If you’d like a relaxing vacation, you can look for a soothing destination, like a beach resort. If you’d like to get a bit of exercise or step outside your comfort zone, a little research into the types of activities available in the area can point the way to your perfect trip.
What Happens On Travel With Parents?
If you’re the one organizing the trip, you can take advantage of the opportunity to show your parents a different side of the world. Just be sure to make the trip enjoyable for everyone. And don’t feel a need to keep up the parental-kid dynamic. It’s fine to take in the world from an adult perspective, while on budget and schedules.
If you’re the one getting the free vacation, ask the trip organizers (if there are any) for some ideas. Or you can devise your own agenda, organizing activities in advance. Keep those activities that appeal to everyone, and drop those that don’t. If you’re traveling with your in-laws, be sure to have a special time with them alone.
What To Avoid?
If you’re traveling with your parents, you can run into a few snags. Familiarize yourself with some of the potential pitfalls, so you’ll be prepared to avoid anything that might put a damper on your trip.
• Parents can be hard to say no to. Before you go away, you may have to say no to pressure from your parents. If your parent’s health is failing, for instance, you may need to decline some suggestions or visits to far-flung destinations.
• The parent-child dynamic can change when one is abroad. Traveling with your parents when they are paying for the trip can lead to a feeling of obligation on the part of the “parent”. Parental visits to college can also lead to relationship stress.
• If you’re used to being the one in charge, traveling with your parents can be a true trial. If you don’t share your parent’s interests or the same activities, mom or dad may be able to dominate the itinerary.
• Sometimes you just want to let loose and be a kid again, maybe forgetting about all the responsibilities of adulthood. However, parents who have been responsible for all of your decisions for much of your life, may find it hard to turn over control. Often they will worry about your safety, even when you’re an adult in late 20s and 30s.
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