Are you a boomer grandparent? Do you have a bucket list of destinations for traveling with grandkids? Why not? Travel is one of the best ways to bond with grandchildren that I know of. And that firsthand experience that you provide teaches them an appreciation of the environment as well as other cultures. Plus hanging out with the grandkids on a trip is just plain fun. To get you started, here are a few of my favorite ideas for traveling with grandkids.
Traveling with grandkids on a national park adventure
Want a special bonding experience with the grandkids? Share a national park adventure with them. Go wildlife watching in Yellowstone. Hike to a glacier-fed lake in Glacier National Park. Or ride an airboat in the Everglades. From ranger-led programs to overnight hikes, you’ll find an age appropriate activity for every child in the family on a national park adventure. Seeing nature’s beauty first-hand is one of the best ways to instill an appreciation of the environment in your grandchildren.
My advice: Avoid popular parks during the busiest summer season, choosing an alternative, less popular park instead. Do you know how many beautiful places are included in the National Parks system? The National Parks Conversation Association publishes a clickable map to help you find them.
Showing grandchildren U.S. history in Washington D.C.
Taking the grandkids to Washington D.C. offers an intense immersion in U.S. history that’s only available in our nation’s capital city. Tour government buildings like the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House to see our government in action. The grandkids will feel the power of America’s past standing in front of monuments like the Lincoln Memorial. And there are museums to fill up as much time as you care to spend in them. At the National Air and Space Museum, share your memories of watching the moon landing as you both touch a rock that once lived on the moon.
My advice: On a visit to Washington, D.C., don’t try to see everything. Pick and choose the museums and monuments that are most appealing to your grandchild. And avoid a sultry, hot summer visit if you can. USA Today provides more tips for Traveling With Children to Washington D.C.
Introducing grandchildren to their roots
Teach your grandchildren about family history by exploring their ancestral roots. I can’t think of a better reason to travel internationally. And learning about other cultures is more meaningful when there’s a family tie to the region. Forbes offers seven tips that you’ll find useful.
My advice: Give each grandchild an inexpensive digital camera, and then create an online book from the pictures that they take on the trip. It’s a great way to keep kids engaged with family history while traveling.
Inviting your grandchild to create the bucket list
Are you feeling adventurous? Invite your grandchild to pick out a destination that he or she would like to visit. Spend time researching the trip together. Then take them there. It will be an adventure that you’ll always cherish.
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