Lots of people might say the most challenging types of travel is when you take your kids with you. However, travelling with aging parents can be as challenging. Both your kids and parents are the most precious cargo you will ever have for your trip. Hence, it is normal to feel nervous when you have to take either of them with you, especially for an international trip.
Seamless travel experience with aging parents
Taking your aging parent with you for a trip can be a little bit daunting compared to when you travel solo. There are many things that can go wrong and cause drama. However, it is not impossible for you both to enjoy the trip together to the fullest. With the right planning and preparation, you can create beautiful memories that last a lifetime. Here are some tips you can consider to have a seamless trip with your aging parents:
Talk before going for the trip
It is important to establish open communication with your parents. And having the talk before going for the trip is necessary. You need to have a clean intention on why you are travelling together and what goals you want to achieve from it. Make sure to also talk about what everyone wants because you are travelling together.
Pick the right seating arrangement
Consider seating arrangement no matter how you travel. If you take a flight, an aisle seat can be a better option for your aging parents sine it has moveable arm. It is also recommended to book nonstop flights. Multiple flights will only drain your parent’s energy and it can be stressful for them. You may also consider choosing train travel instead since it can be more comfortable for your parents to kick back and enjoy the scenery.
Pick your accommodation carefully
You need to pick your accommodation wisely because your parents may need different things. You may consider booking handicapped room to prevent any accidents or injuries since your aging parents are unfamiliar with their surroundings. Handicapped room is more user-friendly so it is more comfortable for your aging parents.
Any kind of travel often comes with variety of unexpected situation. It applies to when you travel with aging parent as well. Always expect the unexpected so you know how to stay calm facing the situation. Always be ready with your parent’s medication if they have certain health problems or condition. You may be dealing with tantrum or change of behavior in the middle of the trip when your parents don’t feel really well.
Don’t forget about yourself
Travelling with aging parents requires you to become the caretaker that you tend to forget to take of yourself. If you can afford an assistant then do it so you can share the responsibilities and allow you to enjoy the trip more. If you cannot afford to hire an assistant, make sure to plan the trip in which everyone include yourself will have time to enjoy things more without feeling guilty about it.