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Take Your Grandchild or Young Friend on Your Next Travel Adventure

Posted Sep 12 2008 2:06pm
Do you enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding in exotic parts of the world? Or getting to know how people live in Vietnam, in Tazakstan, in Argentina? Take your grandchild or niece or young friend with you the next time for a wonderful opportunity to share the experience and bond with one another.

For you busy grandparents or aunties or uncles, opportunities abound to include kids on trips especially designed for the two generations...or for trips you plan for that purpose. In our 50s, 60, 70s and above, we are still fit and active, so much more so than our parents' generation. And we have more money and time to travel. Why not leave a legacy to our young relatives that they will remember all their lives?

Helena Koenig, founder of Washington based GrandTravel says "Grandparents want to make their money talk. They want their grandchildren to inherit memories."

Caren Osten Gerszberg wrote in " Bonding on Family Trips (Without the Parents )" that since families are so geographically distant these days, it is hard to forge that kind of closeness with relatives, especially the children. Traveling together can be a vehicle to pass on information about where the family came from...to take the children back to their ancestral roots. Or merely to introduce them to experiences that their parents are not able to provide for them.

Elder Hostel International also organizes tours. Since they're a non-profit, their accommodations might be more affordable, if you have a lot of grandchildren or nieces and nephews.

The Elder Hostel catalog asks us to consider: "When was the last time you and a favorite young person visited a wildlife sanctuary to see mountain lions, bears, and hawks up close and to learn how they are cared for? Or learned about the rich heritage of Irish mythology while immersed in the charm and history of County Cork?" Sound appealing?

Write to me at karma@lifespringcoaching.com about your travel experiences with the young people in your life. Perhaps I'll feature your story here next time.

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