Four vacations that will make you and your grandkids happy
One of the best things about retirement is that a life free of work obligations makes it simpler to take a trip when the travel bug beckons. But what if you want to spend your travel time getting some quality time with your kids and grandkids (or great-grandkids)? Pleasing everyone in one vacation can get a lot more complicated.
Fear not, eager traveler. This list of multi-generational vacation opportunities includes trips the entire family will enjoy, complete with exciting adventures for the kids and accommodations for those with limited mobility.
1. When the family wants a taste of farm life...
First on the list is a “haycation,” or farm vacation, which offers a variety of activities your family members can choose from, depending on how much – or how little – they want to get their hands dirty. For seniors who grew up on a farm or in a rural area, a farm stay can serve as a trip down memory lane where you can gather eggs, feed lambs or help out with other farm chores.
If you’re less mobile than you were in your farm-living days, many farm vacations offer more accessible activities, such as classes in cheese making, or simply relaxing in a rural atmosphere listening to the breeze through the crops. These types of vacations are a great break from the norm for children of all ages. They can learn where food comes from and experience a different way of living than they’re used to.
Lodgings vary from farmhouse rooms to refitted chicken coops to even grain silos, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead and make sure the accommodations meet your family and mobility needs.
2. When the Wild West beckons…
Dude ranches can satisfy the inner cowboy and cowgirl in us all, no matter our age. Packed with active adventures such as horseback riding, whitewater rafting and wagon rides under the stars, as well as more slow-paced pursuits, like board games, hiking trails and bonfire singalongs, a dude ranch offers a variety of activities that are sure to make your family say, “yee-haw!”
These homesteads, which range from rustic working ranches to luxury resorts, are typically located in picturesque areas in the western United States as well as in Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. The Dude Ranchers’ Association allows visitors to search for ranches that are handicap accessible and offer activities for children in different age groups.
3. When you crave the outdoors…
There’s something contagious about being around kids and grandkids who are splashing boisterously in a lake or pool, listening wide-eyed to ghost stories over a campfire or otherwise having the time of their lives. Indeed, campgrounds, like Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, offer a wide variety of multi-generational friendly activities, including miniature golf, fishing, hay rides and even gem mining. On top of this, camping is economical; it plunks your family in nature and can eliminate the high cost of multiple hotel rooms, and you can find campgrounds all over the continent.
Don’t worry if tenting is not up to your comfort level; you can always opt for a more civilized cabin, trailer or RV experience. Many rental services offer RVs with accessibility modifications for individuals in wheelchairs or with other mobility needs.
4. When the ocean invites you…
Cruises are a top choice for multi-generational vacations for a multitude of reasons. For starters, cruises often offer family suites, and many deliver nonstop activities that span a wide age range. For travelers who have accessibility needs, cruises are often the best bet. Many offer wheelchair-accessible staterooms, communications support for individuals with hearing loss and support for many medical needs.
Another plus: cruises allow families to explore various ports of call without the hassle of packing and unpacking. If you have mobility needs, be sure to inquire with cruise staff before you disembark to make sure the destination has the accommodations you require (different countries have different accessibility laws and requirements).
One more bonus – as if there weren’t enough – is that cruises include the cost of entertainment as well as meals and accommodations in one all-inclusive price.
Although any of these highlighted travel ideas would be sure to create winning memories for all generations, there are countless enjoyable vacations you could take. The key to finding a trip that scratches everyone’s travel itch is preparation. Call before you go and ask about kid-friendly activities, family bonding opportunities and accessibility options.
If a vacation is not in the cards, find more ways to enjoy some multi-generational fun with your family here.