If you do stay in a hotel room, utilize the small refrigerator in your room, store milk for cereal,sandwich fixings for lunch, beer for happy hour, & fruit for snacks. If you have an in-room coffee maker, heat the water to mix up instant oatmeal for breakfast.
Dynamics in families are often, if not always complicated. Elder parents, while seeming frail and helpless and also quite sweet and cuddly, can be altogether different when they are with their kids. While I see a good proportion of disinterested adult children, what I mostly see is families torn apart by denial, anger and a lot of hurt feelings. Parents know where all of their kids button are, and, as they get older, like to push them more often. Sometimes, for seniors, its just plain fun to be in the middle of family drama! Sometimes they are in denial that they need help or have some dementia. Sometimes, it is because there are unresolved hurts and resentments that suddenly surface in this new crisis.
Marbles are now used in by escorted travel companies to hold tall seniors in place. Gone are the days when kids drew a circle in the dirt and invited seniors until someone took the spoils of victory home. That is, the other guy’s escorted tour.
The escorted travel are often lead by people who live in the area. A jet star guide that knows the area personally will often share history and experiences that will make the tour interesting and personal. This is a great way to learn about a country and it’s culture.
When one buys liquor on an off shore island, the bottles brought back to the ship is not seen again until the last evening. So our bottles were brought home unopened; not to worry, Thanksgiving is almost here.
Going on a trip with your family can be a lot of fun. In the travel lingo, this usually means escorted tours for parents and kids to places like the Grand Canyon or the safari in Africa. The destination is almost always outdoors with lots of opportunities of learning for kids. Some tours include sports like biking, horse riding, kayaking, rafting or if you’re lucky, a walk on a glacier.
You might have a picture of someone toiling their way up a steep hill, their bike loaded down with a week’s luggage, with eyes only for the next car that might run you down any minute. It is that image that puts people off the idea of a cycling holiday, but it really needn’t be like that.
If you are struggling with family secrets or unresolved issues that are just surfacing now – childhood abuse, neglect, etc., don’t be afraid to get professional help to sort those feelings out. It may be too late for you to clear the air with your parents but you deserve to put that all finally at rest and move on with your lives too.