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One of the best parts about traveling is exploring new cultures and destinations. Even exploring a different town, city or state can help you get a different perspective from the one that you are used to. But what’s even better about traveling is being able to share the experience with the people who are closest to you. Most of us immediately consider taking a friend or our spouse along with us on our travel adventures, but have you ever considered taking your parents? While the idea of a vacation with your mom or dad might not be immediately appealing, traveling with your parents as an adult is an experience that can be more enjoyable than you think. Here are some great reasons to consider inviting your parents next time you travel.
Spend Some Quality Time with Them
Life is short, and as an adult, you might be regretting not being able to spend as much time as you might like with your aging parents. Busy lives, work, kids, and other commitments can get in the way when it comes to spending more quality time with mom and dad. Going on a vacation together gives you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, connect with your parents as adults and give you a greater appreciation of how your relationship with them changes throughout your life.
Show Your Appreciation
Your parents have likely looked after you for all of your childhood and even throughout your adult life when you needed support, so taking them with you when you travel is a great way to show just how much you love and appreciate them and everything that they have done for you. Asking your parents to go on vacation with you is a gesture that they will surely never forget.
Get a Better Understanding of Their Health
Many people naturally drift away from their parents somewhat when they become an adult and the responsibilities of adult life set in. Planning a trip with your parents means that you’re going to need to get to know about them on a deeper level as you will likely need to be aware of anything like medications, activity levels, health status, and any other issues that could affect their ability to travel or will need to be taken into account when planning your vacation. For example, you may need to figure out how to prepare for a flight with a parent who has limited mobility and you will need to communicate with them to better understand their needs, especially if you’re traveling internationally where you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure that the hotel or resort you choose is an ideal option for them as well as you, along with anything additional you might need to invest in like an electric wheelchair. This gives you the opportunity to check in more closely with your parents compared to the usual phone call where you ask them how they’re doing.
Get to Know Them as People
As an adult, planning a vacation with your parents can present you with a great opportunity to get to know them better as people and learn things about them that might not have been apparent to you as you were growing up. For example, discussing vacation destinations with your parents and planning your trip together can help you learn more about the type of places that your parents would enjoy visiting the most, what their travel goals have been for their lives, their ultimate bucket lists, and other things that they like that you may never have gotten the chance to learn about them. And you might even end up having a conversation about some of the vacation experiences that they had when they were younger and some of the things that they got up to.
Enjoy a Different Vacation Experience
Traveling with parents who are getting older will require you to adjust the way that you travel and slow your usual pace down in order to accommodate them. And this isn’t always a bad thing. Perhaps your usual vacations are a chance to party a lot, but this might not be possible with aging parents, so you get to experience travel from a different perspective. Taking it slow and easy can have many benefits including allowing you to get more out of your surroundings, relax and really enjoy your travel experience.
Spend Time with Grandchildren
If you have children of your own, inviting your parents on your next family vacation can be a great way to encourage them to spend more quality time with their grandchildren and improve the relationship that your kids have with their grandparents too. Studies show that older people who spend quality time with their grandchildren tend to be healthier and happier, and there’s nothing like a family vacation for spending quality time together away from all the hustle, bustle, and worries of daily life. If you are worried that you and your family never seem to have much time to dedicate to spending together with your parents, a family vacation with everybody there can be the perfect way to make it happen.
Make Lasting Memories
Finally, whether you go on your own, with your siblings or with your spouse and children, traveling with your parents gives everybody an amazing opportunity to create precious memories that everybody will remember for the rest of their lives. Traveling with grandparents can be some of the best childhood memories that your children will make. If you’re traveling on your own, the opportunity to get to know your parents on a deeper level, improve your relationship with them as an adult, and perhaps even find out some things about them that you never knew growing up will definitely be a memory that you will hold dear.
While your partner or friends might be the first people you think about when planning a trip, there are plenty of great reasons to consider inviting your parents along when you travel.