6 ways to enjoy trouble-free travel with the grandparents

Follow these top tips to ensure a easy holiday experience when the older folks join you on your family vacay.


Travelling doesn’t just give your family the chance to enjoy new experiences together, it’s one of the best ways to make memories, too.

Inviting the older folks to tag along on your adventures lets junior know their grandparents better. The grandparents may even volunteer to care for your tots while you and your spouse squeeze in some date night activities.

That said, it doesn’t mean that travelling as a clan doesn’t have its downsides. However, you can avoid possible misunderstandings by having a plan and being prepared. Follow these handy hints…

Tip #1 Build the trip together

PROBLEM Everyone has their own idea of what a dream vacation should look like. Your young ’uns may want to explore the less touristy parts of town or laze at the beach. However, your parents or in-laws may prefer joining an organised travel group with a fixed itinerary.

SOLUTION Get together and discuss what each of you will like to do during the trip and put together a plan that works for everyone. Everyone should also be prepared to make certain sacrifices — for instance, the amount of time spent doing a certain activity.

If you are travelling for a longer period of time, say for a week, each of you can also take turns to plan activities.

If you are travelling for a longer period of time, say for a week, each of you can also take turns to plan activities.                                         

Tip #2 Safeguard your family’s healthcare needs

PROBLEM Much like bubba, who’s immunity may not be as strong as an adults, your folks may need vital vaccinations to safeguard themselves from infections. If a parent requires a mobility device to get around, you should pick a hotel with wheelchair-friendly amenities.

SOLUTION Book an appointment with your family GP or check out the Travellers’ Health and Vaccination Clinic at Tan Tock Seng Hospital before your trip. Tell your doc where you’re headed, so that he can advise you on the jabs to get and medications to bring, as well as offer travel health tips. Otherwise, we’ve got you covered with this list of meds.

Also, be sure to get travel insurance coverage for your family, which will come in handy for any medical emergencies. Most policies offer specific forms of medical coverage, so do note of what’s covered and what isn’t. Then, research and list where the nearest hospitals and clinics are located at your destination.

Finally, check if the airline or hotel offers special seats or other arrangements like wheelchair rentals respectively, for your family member with the mobility problem.