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Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Multigenerational Travel
Destination: Tucson, Arizona
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch – This all-inclusive ranch is great for families. There’s plenty to do, and the ranch has a rustic feel with modern amenities and accommodations.
Restaurant: El Charro Cafe – Family-owned Mexican restaurant and home of the chimichanga
White Stallion Ranch – Horseback riding, hiking, pool, gameroom, cookouts
Pima Air & Space Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Cost of flights: Starting around $330
When to visit: Spring or Fall
Airport to fly into: Phoenix Sky Harbor (1 hour 30 minutes away) or Tucson International (40 minutes away)
Tucson – White Stallion Ranch provides transfers to and from the airport at no charge for guests staying 4 nights or longer.
Phoenix Sky Harbor – Arizona Shuttle transfers guests rom Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the Twin Peaks location where the ranch will pick you up.
How to get around: Rent a car if you want to explore Tucson, although you don’t really need one if you’re staying at the ranch.
Any other tips?
When traveling with seniors, try not to overplan, or be sure to take rest breaks often and make sure everyone stays hydrated.
If you have a variety of ages with you, don’t expect everyone to agree on doing the same thing. While it’s nice to have some activities to do together (such as eating or museums), it’s also okay for people to do activities apart.
Destination: Amelia Island, Florida – With plenty of history, shops, golfing and luxury resorts, it’s great for the whole family.
Accommodations: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort – Luxury, oceanfront accommodations, pools, golf, full-service spa, dining options and family-friendly activities.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House on Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach – Texas-born local chain serving beef, seafood and wine list in a woodsy atmosphere.
Salty Pelican Bar and Grill – Open-air seafood restaurant with river views, local cuisine, bar, and vegetarian friendly options.
Activities for kids:
Splash Park water playground for the kids, two hot tubs and oversized fire pits.
Playscapes, Pirate Playground – Incorporates exercise, art, nature, music, imagination, and local history for children of all physical and mental abilities. There are also restrooms close by.
Activities for seniors:
A round of golf at Long Point Golf Course, one of the best in Florida
Activities for Both:
Catch a Civil War reenactment at Fort Clinch
When to visit: May-June and September-October. You can get some good deals in summer but it’s very hot.
Any other tips for multi-gen travel? Make sure seniors are closer to elevators and lobby area. It’s easier for them.
“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”
What’s in Your Suitcase?
Sporty Seats, Seat Savers for the Car
$29 at www.sportyseats.com
With Sporty Seats & Kids Seats that are secured in cotton-laminate nd Work Seats in Vinyl-backed canvas, these car seat savers are great for families and commuters, keeping the car clean daily and for road travel.
What’s on your phone?
Kango App – Rides and care for kids
Go to the website or download the app (www.kangoapp.co)
Schedule a ride, childcare, or both! One-time or ongoing requests offered. See who can help – Background-checked, fingerprinted caregivers who are trained to transport kids.
What’s the tip?
Travel Insurance for Seniors
Allianz – www.allianzlife.com
Travel insurance, through a company like Allianz, gives you the security in traveling
Whether you’re taking a plane or a cruise, travel insurance gives you the comfort in knowing you can cancel a trip due to illness, a death in the family, and, in some cases, severe weather conditions, and still get a full refund.
This will also protect you if you miss a cruise sailing due to a delayed or canceled flight.
Be sure your police covers any flights and hotel stays.
They also offer retirement planning/savings tools – Allowing people to budget travel into their retirement fund
Retirement income calculator on their website
Also offer community support to avoid scams and elder financial abuse