Ah, travels with grandkids. What gift does this globe-trotting grandma give her grandchildren on their birthdays?

My little ones each receive "an adventure" tailored to their interests and age group. I began this ritual when they were four years old by treating them to special activities within the city. Then we graduated to destinations further afield. I believe intergenerational travel inspires meaningful bonding experiences and, to my great pleasure, the children refer back to our excursions over and over again.

Most importantly, it's key to choose a destination where you can find interesting activities for both grandma and grandkids to enjoy. For example, for my grandson's eighth birthday, I chose an overnight trip to Ontario's Stratford Festival. A performance of The Music Man kept our toes tapping while a tour of Stratford's Costume and Props Warehouse kept us intrigued and in costume (above).

Then the two of us got lost exploring the nooks and crannies filled with quirky stuff at Family and Company, a toy shop that enjoys a wonderful reputation with both parents and kids. Next morning, our whirlwind visit took us to Irene Miller's Photographic Art Studio where we marked our birthday journey with a portrait of Josh and me in period costume.

To end our mini holiday, we saved one of the most popular Stratford activities for last – feeding the famous "Royal" swans that glide a five-minute walk from the city's main drag.

 

Evelyn Hannon is the editor of www.journeywoman.com, the largest online travel resource for women. Her newsletter connects 65,000 women worldwide.

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