School is out – and not every child goes to camp for the whole summer. So, what to do?
Grandparents, this is YOUR call. Why not take your grandchildren on a much-needed vacation and bond with them?
Do you enjoy cruising? Why not take the children along? There are ports as close as Charleston (about an hour and a half from Bluffton), Jacksonville, Fla. (about three hours away), and Port Canaveral (five hours).
On board the ship, you can sit and relax at the pool while the children enjoy activities at the kids’ camp, or they might swim in the pool near where you are sitting. Or you can join with them on an excursion and snorkel or sail, or take a tour of one of the ports of call.
After dinner, you can all watch the main show, a Broadway show, an aqua show or movie. Then, you can end the evening with dessert and karaoke.
Not one for cruising? How about a land tour? Several companies offer tours designed especially for families.
Are you ready to rock? Travel west to the mountains of Colorado and canyons in Arizona – where you can hike with naturalists and geologists, trail ride with a cowboy, river raft, cruise aboard a private boat on a storied lake at three national parks from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
Perhaps you’d fancy living a real western life in Wyoming and South Dakota as you float down the Snake River and explore Grand Teton National Park.
Or visit San Francisco, Yosemite and the Pacific where you can take a tram tour of Yosemite Valley and tower over the park at Glacier Point. Coast along the 17-mile drive and have fun in Monterey, dining with fishes at a famous aquarium.
Want to travel overseas? How about London and Paris? You and the children can see the Bloody Tower and Windsor Castle, take a speedboat on the Thames River, bike in the Royal Parks, and see a play.
Then take the Eurostar to Paris and visit Montmarte, Versailles, The Louvre, Tuileries and so much more.
Or, if you have the time, there’s a grand European family holiday to London, Paris and Rome and the London portion includes a Harry Potter-themed tour.
Several of the river cruise companies now have river cruising in Europe in which children can participate.
Of course, if you have your own ideas, whether by plane, train or ship, individual trips can be planned. Just let your travel agent know where and when you want to go.
Joan Flynn is the manager of Classic Travel. firstname.lastname@example.org