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Travel with the Grandkids

Multi-Generational Travel:
All the Rage with Today’s Grandparents


Rail vacation for grands


In 2011, 37% of all grandparents who travelled took trips with their grandchildren. Often, the whole family goes: grandparents, parents, grandchildren, and sometimes even great-grandparents. Many grandparents (22%) travel alone with their grandchild(ren). And they’re not just going to Disneyland, either. They’re going on staycations, road trips, train trips, cruises, and globe-trotting adventures together.

Here are a few travel outfits with programs tailor-made for grand travel.


Road Scholar

Road Scholar® (Elderhostel), “the not-for-profit leader in educational travel” for almost 40 years, offers 6,500 educational tours in 50 states and 150 countries — including dozens of intergenerational and grandparent-grandkid adventures. Each family program is geared toward a specific age group — for example, kids 6 to 11 or 14 to 17 years.

Road Scholar
Kicking it up in the City of Lights (Paris) — Road Scholar’s most popular intergenerational program

Watch the video: Road Scholar Intergenerational: City of Lights


National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions has been a leader in expedition-style travel for nearly 50 years and the “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line for Families” since 2009. In 2004, Lindblad teamed up with National Geographic Society® (NGS) to create unique exploration and discovery expeditions to 18 destinations around the world — from Africa to Southeast Asia.

NGS Sea Bird among ice bergs, Endicott Arm, Alaska
NGS Sea Bird among ice bergs, Endicott Arm, Alaska

[Photo: (c) Michael Nolan + CT Ticknor, National History Staff, National Geographic Society]

Watch the video: Whale-watching in Alaska on the NGS Sea Bird 


Thomson Family Adventures

Named the “#1 Family Adventure Company” by National Geographic Adventure, Thomson Family Adventures leads action-packed tours in 14 destinations around the globe. Devoted exclusively to family travel, Thomson offers special programs for teens and young adults; themed packages (Smithsonian, multi-sport, nature / wildlife, villa-style, culture/civilizations); as well as private escapes and custom itineraries.

Grands zip-lining in Costa Rica
Grands zip-lining in Costa Rica

Watch the video: Thomson multi-sport family adventure in Costa Rica


Go to Great Travel Sites for Grands


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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