Plan together: we might be biased, but when done well, planning your vacation can be quite exhilarating!
Involving your grandchildren in the planning process will ensure they are as excited for this adventure as you are and invested in each day. This can be a really fun way to share what inspires you both and find common interests and goals for your adventure.
Is your grandson an aspiring veterinarian? We can build in a special volunteer experience with rescued wildlife in the cloud forest, or you can follow a family of elephants and observe how they interact in the wild. Or perhaps your granddaughter is interested in history and architecture. Peru is a perfect destination to explore fantastic Inca building and town planning, ever-changing street art and museums in Cusco and Lima, and off-the-beaten-path Arequipa in the idyllic southern region.
Lodges and villas great for kids
We can help you select the best lodges and hotels for kids of all ages—the safari camps that have family cottages or suites to ensure everyone has enough space to relax or private villas on a sandy beach where everyone can gather and share. These are ideal for multigenerational families, so your children can be within earshot of sleeping grandkids while reconnecting with you or just chilling out.
Sirikoi House, Kenya
A great guide
A great guide who is experienced with travel with kids, and multigenerational travel groups, will be able to advocate for each member of your family–from smallest to tallest. We work with the best, who can ensure that each member of your family can take their vacation at the right pace, with time to rest for the littlest travelers, while teens and parents take a private surf lesson.
If this is your first trip with a grandchild, its important not to overdo it, in terms of how much you pack into each day or how long you’re venturing out. For older kids with more travel experience, this may not be so much of an issue! Especially for one-on-one trips with a grandchild, be sure to get parent input about the ups and downs of their day, and habits and routines, to smooth the way.
Privacy and Independence
For older teens especially, make sure you are giving the option for each of you to have your own space while traveling. This could mean two adjoining rooms or a suite so you both have some personal space and the opportunity to have some downtime to be on your own each day. Travel is also a great chance to cultivate independence and travel skills, and there are fun and safe ways to build this sense of adventure and independence into your trip too!
Whether it’s enrolling in a short language course or tackling a new skill, we recommend trying something new together. Travel offers a chance to get out of your comfort zone, and it will be a hoot to share this together. Perhaps you are learning a phrase or two in Quechua or cooking up a special feast from scratch. There are loads of way to keep the world as your classroom, while having a blast!
Last but not least, make sure you get a letter of permission if you are traveling without one or either of your grandchild’s parents. This will ensure an easy time with US customs and immigration upon departure and return to the US. We can help you meet any requirements with local governments too, which vary by your destination country.
Whether this is a one-on-one adventure with a grandchild or you’re bringing the whole crew, we can ensure there’s something for everyone.