The Sandwich Generation Family Vacation
Getaways that involve both grandkids and grandparents don’t have to be stressful.
Beverly Beauerman-King, Transat Holidays’ stress and wellness expert, offers some critical ways to ensure your holiday doesn’t degenerate into National Lampoon’s Vacation-level chaos.
Are we there yet?
“Travel time is one of the big stressors for kids because the anticipation is there … but the patience isn’t always,” Beauerman-King says. Prepare the kids for what the actual travel will entail (waits at the airport, long stretches of driving, etc.) and get them to bring toys and games to distract them. In the car, teach the kids to read the GPS so they can track how much longer it is to the next stop.
Grandma and Grandpa have needs, too
Choose a destination that caters to everyone, especially if anyone in the party has specific accessibility requirements [by checking with your travel agent.] More frequent rest stops may be necessary. And don’t treat grandparents like built-in babysitters – it’s their vacation, too.