“Travel with your Grown-up Kids” is a new series I am starting. I will be sharing experiences of travelling with our kids and their partners. I thought that by starting off with this “top ten list”, it might encourage some of you who still have “littles” that things do get easier! Enjoy.
They pack their own stuff
Travel with grown-up kids means they take responsibility for packing for the trip. If something gets forgotten, it’s not because you are the worst parent ever, and couldn’t read their minds and pack all the important stuff.
They can share the driving
Travel with grown-up kids who have a driver’s license is a blessing, but it’s still weird for me to see my baby boy at the wheel. Never mind that he’s 30 years old and drives all over the province for his job.
You don’t have to worry about what they will touch when you go into gift stores
When we were at the gift shop Fortress of Louisbourg, a mom came in with her 3 young children. I recognized her the look of terror she had as her son was picking up small glass items. As she tried to hustle them back out of the store, I pointed to my grown-up kid, and told her that it does get better!
They don’t get lost.
Related to number 3 above. Travelling with grown-up kids means you don’t have to worry about them getting lost. When they wander off, you can still see them, and they find their way back to you.
They pick up the tab
Sharing the cost of the trip is a great benefit of travelling with grown-up kids.
They can cook meals
On our recent trip to Cape Breton, our son Sean cooked supper for us and banished Ray from the kitchen. I am always grateful that our kids inherited their cooking skills from their father.
You get to revisit places they loved as “littles”
Going back to favourite vacation spots with your grown-up kids gives you all the chance to have discussions about what you all remember about those places. As Sean said, it’s sometimes hard to tell what real memories are and what has been filled in by reading about the places over the years. He didn’t remember his last visit to the Highland Village, but then again, he was only two at the time.
You get to share the experience with their partner.
It was wonderful to be able to share our love of Cape Breton with our daughter-in-law, Meaghan. Ray is from Cape Breton and the places we visited have great meaning for us.
They want to spend time with you
The idea for the series “Travelling with Your Grown-up kids” came about because of a trip we made to Cape Breton to meet up with our daughter and her boyfriend who travelled from Newfoundland. Sean was feeling a little jealous, so we planned a trip with him and our daughter-in-law. It’s a nice feeling to know that your kids want to spend time with you.
You can go to bed!
There are no fights with the kids about going to bed. Also, they wake themselves up at the designated time. Such a luxury!
Bonus is when your daughter in law is a talented photographer, and she takes pictures for you to use in your blog!
Meaghan takes wonderful pictures, and I look forward to sharing them with you in upcoming blogs.
I will be posting blogs in the coming weeks about our trip to Cape Breton, as well as future trips planned for close to home in “Travelling with Grown-up Kids”. My plans for adding to the travel section include stories about travelling as an empty nester couple and travelling on my own.