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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

4 Tips for Traveling with Your Grandparents

Everyone enjoys traveling — whether alone, with friends, or with family, it's a time for everyone to unwind, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved break from their busy everyday schedules. According to Cultural Atlas, Filipino family bonds often extend beyond the nuclear family with the encouragement of strong bonds with grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

If you’re in the middle of planning a fun and fulfilling well-deserved break, maybe it’s about time to consider planning a trip with your family, including your lolo and lola. After all, spending time with grandparents can benefit their well being by cultivating a sense of purpose, and can help make it enjoyable for younger members of the family too. SheKnows backs up this idea with scientific research projects, which all in all say that everyone benefits from spending quality time with family and people who give unconditional love and support, especially in a place that is new and exciting.

Planning trips with older members of your family can seem like a daunting task, so here are a couple of things to take into account when organizing your dream vacation.

Consider physical limitations

Of course, it goes without saying that your grandparents have physical limitations that you may have to take into account when planning your travel itineraries. Opt for travel plans that don’t involve a lot of physical activities. Maybe rethink that zip-line adventure or climbing up the Great Wall, for example, and instead opt for sightseeing or maybe trying out local delicacies and visit foodie spots around the area.

The same also goes for accommodation — although you can get cheaper lodging through an Airbnb or other similar services, make sure that there aren’t long flights of stairs just to get to your unit.

Ask for advice on what everyone wants to see

Regardless of location, successful vacations are always the ones where everyone feels fulfilled and whole after taking a well-deserved break. Planning doesn’t always have to be a one-man show, so make sure to ask for some input from your grandparents on what they want to get out of travelling. No need to fret about finally giving them the chance to visit their dream destinations, either — the Philippine passport now has access to 64 destinations around the world without needing a visa.

Make room for free time

Make sure to also allow for a little bit of free time in case things get hectic — this way, everyone gets time for spontaneous adventures and your grandparents can opt to have a little time for rest, if they prefer. Don’t forget that splitting yourselves up into smaller groups is entirely okay.

Be prepared for emergencies

When traveling with older members of the family, make sure that everyone is equipped in case anything goes wrong. From something as simple as a first aid kit to ensuring that your lolo and lola have their health insurance in check, being prepared will help put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on enjoying your travels together. If you’re looking for an insurance plan that is adaptable and is designed for your lolo or lola’s individual needs, Paramount Direct’s Primecare Cash Plan offers to help you finance rising medical costs and provide assistance for you and your loved ones when you need it the most. With plans that start as low as 213 pesos monthly, you can find one that will give your grandparents the assurance of a trusted insurance provider, helping them become more confident as they create memories with you and your family.


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