Traveling together with your grandchildren is good at cementing bonds with them. Here everyone will be able to benefit as the grandchildren have a quiet time away from home and you as the grandparent will have your grandchildren to yourself. The grandchildren will feel special and pampered. You can take your grandchildren for camping, swimming in the Great Lakes, visiting historic sites all over the country or fly to a foreign country. This will give the grandchildren an opportunity to learn as well as adjust to different people and places. These trips open up new worlds for the grandchildren. You are also given a glimpse into their world whereby you will learn more about your grandchildren's interests, tastes as well as their personalities.
In order to make traveling smooth and enjoyable there are several things to do. It is very important to plan for the trip carefully and this is because grandchildren may exhaust you in a short while because of their endless physical energy. When planning it is good to do it with all the needs of mixed generations in mind. The destination of your trip will mostly depend on your grandchildren's age as well as your budget. You should discuss all the details of the trip with their parents and this is because the parents are aware of their children's special needs, behavior, likes and dislikes as well as their limits. If you know these important details they will help you in avoiding meltdowns.
It does not matter if you live close to your grandchildren, their parents should be involved as much as possible. The grandchildren should also be given their say in order for them to be excited about the plans. This should however be determined by how old they are where you can give each of them a chance of picking a special activity. This makes the grandchildren know what to expect from the trip. You as the grandparent should also know your own limits because most of the grandchildren may not understand what achy joints or tired feet are when you may experience.
Preparing the grandchildren for their trips is also very important and there are several ways for you to do this. One of the ways to prepare your grandchildren for trips is showing them pictures of the places you are going to visit. Also explain how you intend on traveling if it's by plane or cars. Make sure the younger ones have their passports to avoid them from getting lost. This should also include the name and number of where they are going to stay as well as their parents names and numbers.
Talk to the grandchildren so that they know what you expect from them and also encourage older children to bring their favorite CD's, books, games, and toys. You are also supposed to budget for a spending allowance for every grandchild. You are also supposed to be prepared for any injuries as well as illnesses while at the trip. A good way is to know the grandchildren's medical backgrounds and make sure you carry a first aid kit as well as other items that help in such cases. For memory's sake you can carry cameras, tape recorders, journals as well as carry a pen and a paper.