Travelling with friends are often considered the most fun because you can express yourself freely and share every moments with the people you can relate to. On the other hand, travelling with parent is often considered awkward because sometimes your interests clash with each other. In addition, elderly parents may need extra caution and care when travelling that can cause you to enjoy the trip less. However, it doesn’t have to be that way and you can still enjoy your trip with your parents safely and comfortably.
How to travel comfortably with your parents
Parents are the closest family member. Having a vacation together with parents can be fun and strengthen the bond. It is often that travelling with parents means separate schedules and all. However, you can still travel and do fun activities together without so much hassle to deal with.
When you travel with friends, some necessities can be shared such as toiletries, clothes, etc. Meanwhile, it is different from when you travel with your parents. You may not be able to share clothes due to size difference. You and your parents may need different things to accommodate comfortable travel. Hence, make sure to list things you and your parents need to pack. Discuss this with your parents so you are aware of what to pack.
Let them know the overall plan
Discuss the overall plan with your parents such as destination, transport, and accommodation. If your parents are considered fit and healthy to travel then you might not need extra precaution to make. However, it is different if you are planning a trip with your elderly parents. You need to consider various factors such as their health, comfort, ability to withstand long-haul flights, medication, etc. Therefore, it is always best to discuss together.
Know the health risk of travelling
Talk with your family doctors to know the risk of travelling for your parents. This way, your doctors can help preparing the right medications or give you travel guidelines for your parents to stay healthy and safe throughout the entire trip.
Take hassles easily
During the trip, some hassles and mishaps might happen. Instead of being stressed out about it, just enjoy the moment and if you can, just laugh about it. As long as the hassles don’t jeopardize your or your parent’s safety then there is no need to panic.
Be mindful to their health during the trip
Do some fun activities together but still be mindful with your parents’ health. If you both love outdoor activities, make sure to take some breaks. You don’t have to plan every single second of the trip. The focus is to enjoy the trip. Hence, it is okay to be spontaneous with your parents. Go visit a local performance or have an adventure to the local villages.
Bring patience with you
It is important to bring patience with you because sometimes elderly parents are strong-headed. Do not argue unnecessarily. If your mood is truly affected, try taking a power nap. Both of you will feel better after. Try not to argue over small things such as what foods to eat or what souvenirs to buy.