7 Ultimate Tips to Follow While Travelling with Your Parents

By Darren Seow – February 13, 2018

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Normally when we speak of travelling with our Moms and Dads, most of us would flashback back to the long-forgotten past when we were those mischievous little monsters. Today, we stand in our own circle of independence as full-grown adults, with most of our time spent on work, our partners and other commitments. At the same time, we also seem to forget that those strong hands that took us on our first voyages are no longer as strong as they used to be. Without further ado, we present you the ultimate yet pragmatic tips for your next trip with your parents.

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1. Plan Ahead

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All we want is our trips to start well and end well, and it all begins with good planning. Before you start planning, talk to your parents and understand what sort of holidays are they expecting, which destinations to go and what activities to do. It is not all complicated formulas and algorithms, you can suggest a few options for them to choose, listen to their feedback and you would be packing your luggage in no time.

 

2. Take Note of the Little Details

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It is equally important to take care of our parents’ needs as much as those of our other-halves. Vodka martini, shaken and not stirred? No, not that! We’re talking about the medication that some take on a regular basis or the dietary restrictions we need to take note of. Some of our parents are required to take a specific intake at a specific time of the day. So, while planning for the trip, it would be wise to consider the ease of access to these needs as well.

 

3. Take it Slow for Aging Parents

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Cliff diving and hiking on a high mountain sure sound fun. However, some people may not be as adventurous as we want them to be, especially our ageing parents. Plan your trips in ways that are enjoyable and memorable for everyone.

 

4. Take Plenty of Pictures

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I’m sure most of your past travel memories came from those adorable and wacky (sometimes bô-gêi) photos of yourself or your siblings. At present time, we rarely get opportunities to take family photos together, and are you certain you are satisfied with those taken at a relative’s or friend’s wedding? Make full use of those beautiful background and sceneries for an insta-worthy family portrait.

 

5. Avoid Arguments

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Although arguments are inevitable at some point in life, it is optimal to avoid them at all costs when you bring your parents on a holiday. After all, vacations are best remembered with happy and positive moments. Should a conflict arise, take it with an open heart and let the matter rest, or discuss it when the trip ends as a bit of tolerance goes a long way.

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6. Don't Make Them Feel Like Burden

Travelling with your parents should never ever be a regarded as a “chore”. And to ensure they have a comfortable travel, never by words or actions make them feel they are delivering inconvenience to you or that they are a burden. Instead, take the opportunity to update them on your life, work or anything that matters to you and always reinforce to them that you are grateful for all the years they spent raising you.

 

7. Sign Up for a Tour Package

We all know that planning a perfect vacation includes tons of digging up reviews and opening more than ten pages on TripAdvisor. It can take hours and can be torturing for busy professionals. Instead of making bookings all over the web, signing up for a tour package could make things so much easier!

We all know that planning a perfect vacation includes tons of digging up reviews and opening more than ten pages on TripAdvisor. It can take hours and can be torturing for busy professionals. Instead of making bookings all over the web, signing up for a tour package could make things so much easier!

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Do not hesitate if you have the thought to go on a holiday with your parents. It’s time to hold their hands back and let them have some fun. No matter the destination or occasion, it is always good to bring your parents to travel, catch up and have some precious bonding time together. Remember: you can always make money, but you cannot always make memories. Nothing beats seeing those smiles on their faces.


Got any tips in mind that you want to share? Do you have anywhere in mind you would like to bring your parents to? Let us know and comment in the section below! Share these tips with your peers and friends and make sure you spread the love.

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