Dear Journy, My grandmother doesn't travel much, but I've finally convinced her to go on a trip with me and my parents this fall. She's relatively active, but understandably can't do as much as she'd used to/would like to. Do you have any tips on how to make our trip go as smoothly as possible?
Glad to hear that you're getting to travel with your grandmother! We always think that family bonding time on the road is better than your average reunion.
After you decide where you want to go, spend some time thinking about how you'll get around. We usually recommend driving, or booking a driver/private car if you'll be somewhere without your own vehicle. Having a hassle free and reliable form of transport means you'll never have to worry about tiring out at a museum, only to have a long walk or metro ride back to your accommodation.
Another option is bringing around a portable wheelchair. Yes, it's cumbersome at airports. But if your grandmother tires quickly, its worth the relatively minor inconvenience to get the most out of sightseeing.
Since you probably won't be covering the breadth of the city on foot, it can be nice to stop at cafes with outdoor seating to get a feel for the local environment. If your grandmother is eager to see the sights on foot, opt for private guides rather than group tours. You'll be able to control the pace and ask for special interest related activities.
Also, be sure to call ahead at restaurants to ensure you won't be given bar seating or have to perch on stools. A meal should be an opportunity to relax, not a surprise strength workout.
At Journy, we've planned trips for a variety of ages, so please do reach out if you'd like us to help you devise an itinerary the entire family will enjoy.
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