How to vacation with your aging parents

Here comes spring, and then summer, and with it, for many families, the challenge of coordinating vacation plans and travel schedules to accommodate different generations.

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN

A few months back, I reviewed Planes, Canes and Automobiles: Connecting with your aging parents through travel by New York-based writer Valerie Grubb. It’s great guide for planning a trip with someone you love, whether it’s a one-day road trip or a months-long tour of South America.

Then, this weekend, I came across this New York Times story: “3 -Generation Family Trips Gain New Appeal but Can Bare Old Tensions,” which offers more strategies for getting the most out of a multigenerational vacation.

As you plan your summer vacation, take a little extra time to check out these useful ideas.



Meg Haskell

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Meg Haskell is a curious second-career journalist with two grown sons, a background in health care and a penchant for new experiences. She lives in Stockton Springs. Email her at