As kids, we just travelled with our grandparents without thinking much. But as adults travelling with them can be a whole different ball game. Travelling with older parents can be a great opportunity to create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds. Here are some dos and don’ts to consider:
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1. Plan ahead:
When travelling with them, it’s essential to consider their physical limitations and preferences. Plan activities accordingly and ensure you have any necessary equipment, such as a wheelchair, walker, or medication.
2. Be patient:
Travelling with seniors may require more time and effort, so it’s important to be patient and understanding. Allow for extra time to get around and take breaks when needed.
3. Encourage Grandparents participation:
Include them in planning activities and ask for their input. Allow them to try new things and be sure to accommodate their physical limitations.
4. Respect their independence:
While it’s important to be attentive and supportive, it’s also important to respect their independence. Allow them to make their own decisions and take ownership of their travel experience.
1. Overwhelm them:
Avoid scheduling too many activities or itinerary items. Be mindful of your grandparents’ energy levels and need for rest or downtime.
2. Disregard their needs:
Don’t assume that they are comfortable with everything you have planned. Be sure to ask if they need anything, any assistance with their luggage or other needs.
3. Be dismissive:
Avoid dismissing their suggestions or input. Listen to them and communicate openly about any concerns or questions.
4. Expect the same pace:
Avoid insisting on a schedule or pace that is uncomfortable for them. Be flexible and adjust the itinerary if necessary to accommodate their limitations.
Overall, travelling with them can be a wonderful experience if you plan ahead, show patience and respect, and make an effort to accommodate their needs and preferences.