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From Our Readers Who Engage In Intergenerational Travel


In response to a recent article by Donne Davis of the GaGa Sisterhood, on intergenerational travel, we received several letters from our readers who also wanted to share their stories. Here is one from reader, Roberta Edgar.

Dear Editors of Grand,

My husband and I purchased a camper during the first summer of COVID-19 (2020), and we take our granddaughters on trips. We have been to Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen State Park, Williamsburg, Washington, DC, the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Maine, Newport, RI, and this summer we are heading to Myrtle Beach. We have done many small trips in the camper too, to local areas such as Lancaster, PA where there are Amish attractions. We try to balance history, nature, and fun on the trips. For example, we toured Williamsburg and Jamestown but also spent a day at Busch Gardens.

“On one of these drives, we ended up behind an Airstream camper, which gave us the idea to take the girls on camping trips.”

I should note that my husband and I married in January 2020, at the age of 61. I was raising my granddaughter (I have full legal and physical custody) so this wonderful widower signed up to marry me with a 5-year-old in tow. Prior to our marriage, my husband’s daughter had moved back home with her children. His daughter worked nights, so he was giving them dinner and putting his grandchildren to bed for a few years.  When we married, he lived in my house during the week, but we would drive back to his house on weekends to visit his granddaughters. On one of these drives, we ended up behind an Airstream camper, which gave us the idea to take the girls on camping trips. We are now in one house, so we are not visiting as often, so these trips are especially dear to him.

These trips have been a wonderful way for our grandchildren to bond, and my granddaughter views these girls as her cousins. We are building memories of Scrabble games, camping fires, and s’mores, and we are exploring a lot. We hope to start venturing further away, to more western states, but having an elementary school student does curtail longer trips right now.

“These trips have been a wonderful way for our grandchildren to bond, and my granddaughter views these girls as her cousins.”

Camping had never been on my radar until COVID-19, but we found it has been a grand adventure!

 

Kind regards,

Roberta Edgar

 

If you plan some intergenerational travel, please share here.

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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