Traveling is a great way to take in new cultures, beautiful sites, and delicious foods with the people you love. However, a romantic getaway isn’t the best place for children, just as Disneyland might not suit an elderly grandparent. Knowing where you should travel based on the ages of the people going can be tricky, but today, I will narrow down your options and give you a great vacation idea, no matter what your party looks like.
Babies, toddlers, and parents
Babies and toddlers are some of the hardest people to travel with. They don’t endure flights well, car rides can become a hassle, and they require constant attention and tons of supplies. However, there are lots of fun ways you can take a trip with very young children! My first tip: stay close to home. You won’t appreciate home more than after your 3-year-old has an accident or your toddler suddenly catches a fever. Try heading to a close beach or national park. If you live within 2 hours (give or take, depending on your kids), you should be safe enough to stay sane during the car ride, no matter what your kids throw at you.
Young kids (under 10) and parents
Traveling with elementary-aged kids can be difficult. They become tired and bored easily, which means you have to keep them entertained. For this age group, theme parks are the way to go. If you’re willing to travel to the eastern US, I suggest taking a theme park tour through Pennsylvania. There, you’ll find daring rollercoasters and old classics at Hersheypark, a Medieval-themed park at Dutch Wonderland, an escape into the woods at Knoebels, and a Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos. While other states may have more theme parks, Pennsylvania’s are typically less crowded and are easy to enter and exit, making them ideal for people with young children.
As families with teens and single couples are able to go just about anywhere without worries, I’m going to skip right along to families with older adults. While many older adults are in great shape, they may still find it harder to walk for long periods of time or are affected more by the elements. Furthermore, a relative with an illness will need to travel to a place that can accommodate them. For these families, I suggest going on a sightseeing trip with minimal walking. There are tons of bus tours or driving tours you can take, from nature views to historical sites. There are places within driving distance of anyone, so check out what’s in your area to see what would be most convenient.
People of all ages
When you have a group of people of all ages, you need to take a piece from each section into account. Stick with something simple, like the beach, but don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Grandparents may not mind watching babies or toddlers while older kids, teens, and adults do more exciting activities. However, you can’t go wrong with a well-planned staycation that focuses on spending time as a family doing activities anyone can enjoy.
Do you have any good ideas for vacation with young children or older adults? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!