The Joys of Traveling with Your Adult Kids

The Joys of Traveling with Your Adult Kids

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It can be difficult keeping up with our teenagers, but once your kids leave home and begin college or work, it can be even more difficult to spend quality time with them. You know– a time where you can talk or enjoy fun experiences with them. Getting away from work and school and traveling together is a great way to do this. And there so many joys of traveling with your adult kids!

As our kids get older, scheduling family trips can be tricky. Work schedules vary and vacation plans for young 20-somethings may be non-existent. But vacations with our grown children can be important re-bonding times, sharing experiences away from the cares of everyday life. Our trip to Guatemala was such a time for us. Time to re-connect. We discussed it in advance and everyone made it a priority, getting time off of work well in advance.

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Whether experiencing a different culture or exploring ruins or volcanoes, these times of making memories with our grown kids can be a fun and important time of re-bonding as a family–reconnecting even while living separate lives.

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The Joys of Traveling with your adult kids. discovercreateinspire.com Family vacation to Guatemala, Reasons for Empty Nesters to travel with adult kids, Empty nester family travel

The Joys of Traveling with your adult kids. discovercreateinspire.com Family vacation to Guatemala, Reasons for Empty Nesters to travel with adult kids, Empty nester family travel

Being adults–your kids will want to go off and explore on their own sometimes. During this time you can take a nap! haha.

Bringing our phones let us all keep up with friends at home and share the about the trip with them. We were glad that many of the coffee shops and some of the restaurants in tourist areas had wifi available. That way we could also keep up with each other with Facebook Messenger calling or Skype if we set up times to call ahead of time.

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Sharing new experiences, like drinking from coconuts fresh off the tree, brings us closer together.

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Because the kids were all older, we had time to relax ourselves. No tagging along making sure they were dressed or safe or had eaten their lunch. Well, most of the time. haha  Here is my husband relaxing in a hammock on the black sand beach of the Pacific Ocean.

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If you’re empty nesting yourself, I hope this inspires you to plan a trip with your family. In fact this has inspired me to plan one again with ours! It doesn’t have to be to another country. It could be an inexpensive camping trip or a trip to a resort in your own state. We had such a good time together. It wasn’t that we did anything super spectacular, but we spent a LOT of time together. We talked. We shared experiences together–just the five of us. I’m so glad that we made the time to travel with our adult kids.

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54 thoughts on “The Joys of Traveling with Your Adult Kids”

  • I loved this post! Although my kids are only 16 and 19 living at home I can relate. A family that travels together stays together. For my family, it is a time when we have one another’s undivided attention.

  • My sister and I recently went on a trip with my parents, and although it takes a little work to keep everyone happy, I think it’s a great time to reconnect!

    • It’s true. There’s a lot of give and take, but definitely worth it!

  • What a great idea! Family vacations aren’t just for parents with small kids ! I will remember this as our kids get older…🤗

    • It really is so much fun!

  • I agree, my girls are 16 and 20, and it is easier to travel now that they are older. It helps that we can do things together as a family, and my husband and I can hang out alone too since they are older. It gives my girls time to hang out with each other too, without mom and dad hanging around!

    • Yes! It’s really a lot of fun. I never knew it would be.

  • Kamie Berry says:

    I am so glad you posted this! I always worry that I won’t get to travel with my daughter when she gets older. Now I see that it’s still possible.

    • Traveling with our kids just gets better with age! 🙂

  • These are great reminders! We love taking my mom with us everywhere we go and now that my nieces are older, they are great to have along too. The more the merrier!

    • That’s cool! Family trips can be so much fun! Hmmm, maybe I need to take my nephews some time…

  • I hope that my kids still want to travel with me when they get older!

    • They will. Especially if you foot the bill. Haha. 😉

  • I love this post and I love your writing! Great pictures also – beautiful!

    • Thank you, Gina! Guatemala is a beautiful country to photograph!

  • What a great article. I hope to be able to travel with my adult children one day. But the smallest are 4 and 10. LOL!

    • What a fun age! Enjoy!

  • This is such a great idea. Memories made and bonding times together. Something for me to remember when my kiddos are older. 🙂

  • What a great way to bond as a family. I went to Guatemala in my young adult years and loved it.

    • Glad you were able to experience Guatemala!

  • I need to show this to my parents haha I keep telling them that we should all go on vacations!

  • Great post! Love the pictures too! I have two adult children and really enjoy traveling with them. 🙂

  • I have one child that’s left the nest and it’s errupted the beginning of my empty nest! We still have 3 to go, but it is hard to capture my daughter long enough to catch up now that she’s creating her own Life! Great way to get some exclusive time after our kids are no longer kids!

    • Oh, I hear you, Melissa. It was a challenge to get them all there with us. Doesn’t always work, but wonderful when it does.

    • Haha. I remember those days well. But every season has its joys. 🙂

  • I’m a ways out from this with my own kids, but have really enjoyed traveling with my own family even as an adult, so I can relate in that sense!

    • 🙂 Well, maybe you can travel with extended family and they can watch the kids while you nap! haha

  • Fun post! My husband and I got married in Aruba last summer and our family came along. It was such an amazing trip so I totally agree!

    • Oh, wow! My husband and I got married in Guatemala. But we were already living there and my family came. Fun times!

  • my sisters and I still love traveling with our parents! they are even more adventurous than we are, so it’s totally fun! we don’t do it enough though, since schedules are also an issue for us. i just hope my kids feel the same way when they are grown!

    • How fun to still travel with your parents! If you keep that up, it will be natural for your kids, too!

  • My kids are 17 & 14 so in a few short years I’ll be looking at an empty nest. I love your idea of traveling together to stay connected. We will definitely plan on doing this!

    • Enjoy those fun and crazy teen years!

  • I’ve worried about traveling with my kids after they’ve grown up, so you’ve given me hope! My oldest never liked to travel, so she rarely goes with us anymore. She’s nineteen and may never travel. That’s okay. My seven-year-old daughter loves to explore with us, so I hope she will continue to want to travel with us!

    • Not everyone wants to go on every trip, but it’s fun enjoying time with whoever wants to go. My kids didn’t all want to leave life behind to go on this trip, but they were SO glad they went.

  • Right now my kids are 7, 6, 4 and 1, and we travel a lot, but I cannot wait until we are travelling with them as adults. So much to look forward to!

    • Such fun ages! It’s so fun because there are new discoveries at every turn!

  • I hope to be able to travel with my kids more when they are younger and then when they are grown. I had such great (and sometimes nerve-wracking) experiences traveling as a young adult and it would have been really nice to have a parent along to help me navigate the way. Thanks for this great perspective!

    • I hope you have wonderful experiences traveling as a family!

  • This is so great! I keep telling my parents that we all need to go on vacation together! I will be sharing this with them!

    • Awesome! Hope they take the bait. 😉 You will have a blast!

  • I loves this post. We are going on a family vacation this fall, both my side of our family and my husband’s side, with our 3 kids (the only grandkids). I hope to create some great memories for us all and I’m hoping with so many adults to help watch our kids to be able to reconnect with my parents and with my husband a bit! Your pics look like it was a great time!

    • Ohh, that’s a lot of grandkid helping, right there! Hope you have an awesome time!

  • Jennifer S says:

    This was such an inspirational post. My children are 21, 19 and 16. We have always loved traveling together and two of them have actually made travel and tourism their career paths because of all of our adventures together. Seeing you and your adult children made me realize that our traveling together isn’t just a thing of the past. It can be a very fun part of our future with our growing family.

    • Very cool, Jennifer! I wish you many happy adventures together in the years to come!

  • Great post! I am looking forward to traveling with my kids when they are adults.

    • Thanks, Autumn! I hope you have many happy family vacations in your future!

  • Thanks for this post. My kids are getting older and I just keep thinking about how lonely it will be with them gone. I have always loved the idea of taking them and their own families someday on vacations.

    • Kids have a way of coming back–especially if we offer vacation packages. LOL

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