Before writing anything, I want to say that I’m proud of you. If you are thinking on spending time with your parents, then stop thinking and start travelling. There is a common belief that parents are not the best company to travel with but it’s as baseless as never using the lift because it will fall off.
Now, there might be some sticky situations with old people, but parents can always turn out to be the most fun people you know. It is true, that sometimes the circumstances become such that it is seen as necessary to find high quality senior living communities or centers for your parents – modern lifestyles have rendered things so. But in any case, you can always find opportunities to spend some time with your parents and even travel with them. Remember, they have lived your age and know everything you can probably think of. Here are some tips to enjoy your time more with them.
I don’t know what sort of bonding you already have with your parents but it is sure going to get stronger with travelling. Travelling builds trusts among parents and their children. As you guys visit new places you will realise that you only have each other’s back. You cannot trust any stranger with your life. It will glue you guys together and create an atmosphere of faith and comfort. I’m assuring you that your parents have one objective of life and that’s seeing you happy and secure.
Understand the fact that your parents have crossed their prime and its time that you finalize the entire travelling plan. You are a grown up and you have to take care of them through every situation. From making prior bookings to helping them pack their bags you have to take charge of the situation. They will look up to you for every need so have patience and do not make them feel sorry for their decision of travelling. Times have changed and you are the leader now, so act like one and make sure the smile on their face doesn’t fade away.
It’s very important to realize that your parents probably do not have close friends to share their feelings. Do not get lost in your own adventure as the whole point of travelling with your parents is putting them first (always). They are ready to share their life experience with you and its worth more than any precious item you crave for. Most of the times they are lonely in their lives and willing to tell their stories to anybody who stays and listens. Make the most of this time to make them feel that you care and they are your priority. They have already consumed the finer things in life and they only want some support from you.
Fun is what you need
Do not pressurise yourself for being too serious or being consumed by the term ‘responsible’. Your family has to have fun at any cost. You are here to enjoy with them so keep in mind that they experience something they can be mesmerised with. It does not mean that you have to push too much to impress them. Your genuine efforts are enough to make them happy.
Your parents are your true wealth and they deserve you as the gift of their lifetime. Gift them an awesome travel experience.