How often have you considered inviting your parents to travel with you? Although the thought of travelling with mum or dad may not immediately appeal to you, this is a must-do experience. My parents and I have always had a good relationship. But that’s not to say I didn’t have my typical teenage moments, when I didn’t exactly look forward to hanging out with them. Those days are long gone. In fact, I have had a number of great trips exploring new lands with each of them in recent years!
Here are some great reasons why you should make plans to hit the road together.
1. Life is short
Life is short and your parents won’t be with you forever. Traveling together helps you connect with each other as adults and helps you better understand (and appreciate) your changing relationship with them throughout your lives.
2. Actions do speak louder than words
Asking your parent on an adventure with you is one way to say “I love you!” at the top of your lungs.
3. You’ll bond over unpredictable occurrences
There is nothing like someone you know when you’re stuck in the airport, or the bus breaks down on a lonely highway. You each get each other and luckily, a big bonus for you, your parent always has your back!
4. Create precious memories
Traveling together gives both you and your parents an opportunity to create precious memories that you will hold dear for the rest of your lives. Climb a mountain, go on a road trip, see the waterfall, whatever it is, it will mean a lot to each of you.
Make sure you capture those moments – and don’t just quickly upload them to social media. Parents like tangible things so make sure you print them! Be sure to take lots of photos both of each other, together, and the things you see as well. Memories have a way of fading over time so it can be great to go back and remember things you would otherwise forget.
5. Discover new things
Go somewhere new to both of you. Out of the trips I’ve taken with my parents, the most memorable for both of us have been the trips to places neither of us have been before. It is much more exciting to explore and uncover an entirely new place together. You may move a little slower (or quicker) depending on your parent, but you will be more likely to try things that you may chicken out of without the trust and comfort of those close to you…
Exploration on the road is easier with a little support. You’ll be more likely to pop into that intimidating dance lesson when you’re with people you trust and feel comfortable around. Whether its food, an activity, or an extreme sport, pushing your parents to try things outside of their comfort zone will give you both lasting memories and make for great stories to tell over the dinner table when you return home. If your parents are experiencing anxiety about a certain travel activity, you may find strength in providing a steady hand and convincing them to take the leap.
6. Expand the story base
Shift the parent-child relationship from the past into the present and future. No longer will family conversations lean on the crutch of rehashed childhood experiences.
Regardless of what happens on the trip, the banter at the next holiday gathering will likely be a lot livelier.
Have you ever travelled with your parents as an adult? What was it like? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.