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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her website www.ageing-hipsters-travel.com.

Click here to find out more about Rose.

Trans generational Travel (travelling with grandkids)

With both parents working these days it can be hard to know what to do with the kids on school holidays. Well why not offer to take the grandkids on holiday with you?

Your children will be so thankful that they can go to work and not have to worry about their children and in addition they can have one or more weeks break.
Finding a holiday that will work well for all of you can be tricky. I have done some research and have come up with several ideas.

  1. One suggestion would be a cruise, where there is something for every generation.
  2. What about a Disney cruise? Here is what one grandmother wrote about her cruise,

    “In true Disney-style, they have thought of everything. Located in our the cabin were two cellular phones that family members can use to locate one another while on board…another sensible addition to the big ship cruise experience. Disney also provides a tracking device for children ages 3 to 10 who register at the Oceaneer Club. These bracelets allow parents to keep tabs on their children while they’re on board, however, they don’t work when going ashore.”

    They also have everything for kids that other family friendly have.

  3. If a cruise isn’t your thing, what about a road trip? This can also be enjoyable and less expensive.
  4. For all ages, staying at caravan parks along the way instead of motels can be beneficial due to the parks having great play areas for kids and most have swimming pools, game rooms etc. Also they can take their bikes or other toys and often make friends that they go off and play with, so that you get a bit of a break to enjoy the trip too. Whilst travelling you can stop at rest areas for the kids to stretch their legs and go to the toilet plus there are also a lot of public playgrounds where you could break up the trip and have lunch whilst the kids play. When our girls were young we always took packed food and drink, chairs and of course the thermos for our cups of coffee and tea. We always stopped at play grounds with tables and toilets. Doing it this way you can keep the costs down.

  5. A snow trip is another one the kids will love. It can be costly with hiring of equipment but if money is no object then it can be very enjoyable. A week would be plenty for this type of trip.
  6. A holiday house is also a good option, especially if it is on the beach. You may have to book ahead because if it is the high season they can often be booked a year ahead. If in winter though you will probably get some good discounts.
  7. How about an International trip? Depending on the age of the grandkids, do some research of safe and economical places to take them. Disneyland in USA, Japan and Hong Kong could be popular. Hawaii is a great place to go for the surf and beaches. New Zealand is great for scenery and in particular walking tracks. There is lots to do in NZ and the best way to get around is a motorhome and the kids will love it. Check out (Australian) Department of foreign affairs and trade (DFAT) for the safest places to visit.
  8. How about a staycation? What is this you say? You stay home but act as though you are on vacation. So you would plan an itinerary for the kids each day and stick to it. No doing housework etc. you wouldn’t be able to if away so you need to be disciplined and treat your home like a holiday home. During the year collect any discount coupons that can be used for places like the zoo, parks, movies etc. Make sure they are current when you go on staycation. You should leave the car home unless you need it. Give the kids the experience of travelling by tram, train, boat and bus where possible. Within Adelaide my city, we have all of those modes of transport and the kids love the adventure because they travel by car all the time. Not like when I was a kid, we only travelled by car on a weekend outing. We went to school by bus or walked, then when I began work I had to travel by train for an hour. Oh the good old days when I was fit and a bit thinner through all the exercise getting to and from school and work.

I hope I have given you a few ideas about Trans generational travel. Enjoy your grandkids whilst they are young and be young with them. As you know they grow up far too quickly and before we know it they don’t want to spend holidays with us.

If you would like more information just contact me via my contact page and I will do the research or send you to the appropriate sites.

Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

Rose has developed a website for the over 50 traveller www.ageing-hipsters-travel.com where you can access for free all her advice and past and present stories. You can add stories of your own too.

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