Key Takeaways:

  1. Traveling with grandchildren enriches the journey by exposing them to diverse cultures and histories, turning trips into educational adventures, and pushing grandparents out of their comfort zones, fostering personal growth and discovery.
  2. While traveling with grandchildren can be challenging due to managing their energy, engaging tech-savvy kids, ensuring safety, handling unpredictability, and meeting the expectations of their parents, these challenges can be navigated effectively through proper planning and preparation.
  3. Road Scholar's programs specifically designed for grandparents and grandchildren alleviate the stress of planning, offering tailor-made educational and enjoyable experiences, catering to various interests and age groups, ensuring a memorable and enriching travel experience for both generations.


Traveling with grandchildren is a unique opportunity to build lasting bonds and create cherished memories that will stay with them long into the future. This adventure, however, comes with its unique set of challenges and joys. Understanding and addressing these challenges can make the experience enjoyable and rewarding for both grandparents and grandchildren.

Joys and Challenges of Traveling with Grandchildren

Traveling with grandchildren offers many benefits that go far beyond the typical travel experience. As you explore new places together, your grandchildren are exposed to diverse cultures, histories, and environments, turning each journey into an enriching, educational adventure. Moreover, traveling with them often encourages personal growth for you as a grandparent, inspiring you to explore activities and experiences outside your usual comfort zone, adding an element of excitement and discovery to your own life!

However, traveling with grandchildren also comes with its own set of distinct challenges. Even though grandparents have been parents, sometimes traveling with grandchildren can cause stress. Traveling with grandchildren means stepping into a world that may be quite different from your usual travels. 

For many grandparents, this causes some concerns:

  1. Keeping Up with Their Energy: The youthful vigor of grandchildren can be daunting. How do you keep pace without wearing yourself out?
  2. Engaging Them Adequately: Today's tech-savvy kids need engaging activities to keep their interest. What if they find the trip boring?
  3. Safety Concerns: The responsibility of keeping young ones safe in an unfamiliar environment can be overwhelming.
  4. Dealing with Unpredictability: Children can be unpredictable. How do you manage sudden mood swings or changes in plans?
  5. Managing Your Child's (the parent) Expectations: As a grandparent, you also have to cater to your own child’s style of parenting and fears or worries while you are traveling with their child. This can at times require extra attention to details of checking in or following regular routines of your grandchild that might not be as usual for you.

Tips for Tackling the Challenges of Intergenerational Travel

  1. Plan and Prepare Together: Involvement in planning makes children feel valued and excited. It also ensures that the trip includes activities they're genuinely interested in and gives you insight into their likes and dislikes. This collaboration ensures the journey is a shared experience from the start. It’s great then to bring in their parent (your child) so they understand the plan and feel confident with being away from their own kid. 
  2. Choose the Right Activities: The key to a successful trip with grandchildren is selecting activities that bridge the generational gap. Find age-appropriate adventures that you both can enjoy and learn from. This might mean trying something new, like a robotics workshop, or sharing your passion for history at a living museum.
  3. Capture Memories Together: Turn photography into a fun activity. Equip your grandchild with a camera and see the world through their lens. This not only creates lasting memories but also helps them engage actively with their surroundings.
  4. Encourage Socialization: One of the joys of travel is meeting new people. Encourage your grandchildren to interact with other people during the trip. It's a valuable opportunity for them to learn about different cultures and backgrounds, enriching their travel experience.
  5. Relax and Enjoy the Kids: Traveling can be stressful, but it's important to try to relax and enjoy the time with your grandchildren. Engage in activities at their level and be open to new experiences.

In essence, traveling with grandchildren is about embracing both the challenges and the wonders. It's a chance to connect across generations, share unique experiences, and create unforgettable memories. As you navigate this special journey, remember that it's not just about the places you visit but the shared experiences and bonds you forge along the way.

Road Scholar Grandparent Travel Opportunities

Road Scholar, an organization dedicated to educational travel for older adults, offers travel learning adventures specifically for grandparents and their grandchildren. 

Organizing a trip for your grandchildren can be quite a task, but with Road Scholar's programs, the stress of planning is lifted off your shoulders. Their skilled team creates experiences that perfectly blend education and enjoyment, tailored to both you and your grandchildren's preferences. This frees up your time and energy, allowing you to concentrate on creating unforgettable memories with your grandchildren!

These adventures are designed to cater to the diverse interests and needs of both generations. They provide enriching, educational, and enjoyable experiences and help ensure that activities are suitable for all ages and interests. 

What can you learn on these trips?  

The adventures span a wide range of topics, from STEM to sports and everything in between, ensuring a broad appeal for all ages and interests.

Where can you go and for how long?

Learning adventures span across various locations, from international destinations to national parks and iconic cities. Explore the range of available destinations! And, with options of varying lengths from six to ten days long, you have the flexibility to select a program with a duration that best suits you and your grandchildren's schedules.

How old does my grandchild have to be?

Whether your grandchildren are young kids or older teenagers, there are educational adventures available for all ages, starting from as young as 5 years old. There are learning adventures designed for specific age groups, including programs for ages 5 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18 years old.

How can you enroll?

Once you find a trip for your grandchildren’s age range and interests, you can call Road Scholar from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET at (800) 454-5768 to enroll.

In conclusion, while traveling with grandchildren can present challenges, it also offers an invaluable opportunity to connect with them in a unique and meaningful way. By understanding and addressing these challenges, you can ensure a trip that is enjoyable, safe, and memorable for both you and your grandchildren. 

So, if you’ve been thinking about a special experience with your grandchildren and want to do something exciting with them, check out Road Scholar's programs. Learn more about the wonderful travel opportunities offered for both you and your grandchildren!

Dec 4, 2023

Classes by:

Megan Fox

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