Travel Tips: How to Travel with Your Family—with Intention

Founder of The Parenting Mentor and author of Parenting with Sanity & Joy, Sue Groner shares four tips on how to make the most of traveling with older children.

Woman getting henna on her hand

#1: The More Authentic and Experiential, the Better

“In Morocco, our guide took us to his home for tea and cookies, and his wife, who was a henna artist, did this amazing henna for me and my family…In India we did a cooking class in someone’s home. It was not an organized class where everything’s laid out neatly and nicely—their kids came down and did it with us. Sometimes you have to ask for these experiences, and if it’s offered to you, you should always take people up on it.”

Indagare Access: We have found our members particularly love the in-home cooking classes that we arrange in Hanoi, Vietnam and Lima, Peru.

a family posing beneath an orange Spice Parade sign

#2: Travel at Home

“Before traveling to Beijing, I hired a lovely older woman who came to the house every Sunday from January to April and taught my kids conversational Mandarin, plus a bit about the characters and the language’s history. We all knew nothing, and we learned it together, so we all were alert to use it. It got us energized about the trip and made the trip itself more interesting and fun.”

Indagare Access: In many countries, we can arrange for “classes” over Zoom with the same guides that you will have on the ground during your visit, so you can cover the orientation before you arrive and dive deep into immersion.

people in robes holding katanas

# 3: Avoid Museums and Art

“It’s great to see the sites, but museums and art can be lost, unless you do it in a very particular way where it’s going to resonate. That kind of travel often doesn’t teach kids the joy of travel.”

Indagare Access: Some of our best guides know how to make museums more accessible and exciting educational opportunities with scavenger hunts, themed narratives and quizzes. Some of our favorites: the Louvre, the Met and Doge’s Palace in Venice.

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#4: The More Culturally Different, the More Exciting and Educational

“We don't want all the fancy restaurants—we want to go where the locals go. We want to eat the food that they like to eat. To me that’s what makes it culturally rich, and that was always our objective with our kids.

We’ve never really traveled in Europe with the kids—we knew they would do that themselves, which they have a number of times already.”

I am so glad that when my kids were in grade and high schools, we took them further afield to Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. College schedules don't allow for as long trips and once they are working, you may be limited to only one week vacations for the whole family; then Europe or the United States are easier.

Melissa Biggs Bradley, Indagare Founder

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