A Resource for Grandparent and Grandchild Travel

Your grandchildren’s minds are rapidly soaking in everything around them, so why not surround them with enriching new people, places, cultures and experiences on a learning adventure together? Introducing your grandchild to the world of travel can be one of the greatest gifts you can give them. The time for strengthening family bonds and sharing memories with your grandchildren is now. 

Traveling with grandkids can bring with it fun, adventure and challenges too. We’re here to guide you through the rousing exploit that is travel with grandkids, with advice on how to inspire a sense of adventure in your grandchild, tips for traveling with grandkids and much more!

 

“The Intergenerational experience was wonderful! I could see my grandson begin to see the world as much larger than he previously knew and I saw him grow in his appreciation for the joy of travel.”

Sue from Delaware, Ohio

— Class of 2015 | Prog #4827 —

Travel Books for Grandkids

 

“Larry Gets Lost in…” series by Michael Mullin

For ages 3-7

Sometimes getting lost is the best way to explore a new city! Larry the pup and his owner, Pete, agree. Join them in some of America’s greatest cities and states as they discover adventure wherever they go.

 

“The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” by Dan Santat

For ages 4-7

Follow the adventures of Beekle from a magical, faraway island of imaginary friends to the bustling city as he searches for his perfect match.

 

“Roberto’s Trip to the Top” by John B. Paterson Jr.

For ages 4-8

Join Tío Antonio and Roberto as Roberto makes his first trip without his parents to the top of the mountain overlooking his village in Venezuela.

 

“Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion” by Mo Willems

For ages 4-8

When Trixie and her family travel to Holland to visit her grandparents, she leaves her stuffed bunny behind on the plane! But imagining Knuffle Bunny’s travels cheers her up until they’re reunited.

 

“Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia” by Jeanette Winter

For ages 6-9

Luis loves to read so much that he soon has more books than can fit in his house, so he sets out with two donkeys to deliver books to children in villages far and wide.

 

“Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures” by Jeff Brown

For ages 6-10

From Mount Rushmore to California and Africa to Mexico, travel with Flat Stanley on his adventures around the world in this series of books perfect for grandkids who love to travel.

 

“Amelia’s Are-We-There-Yet Longest Ever Car Trip” by Marissa Moss

For ages 7-10

Amelia and her family are on a road trip back to California to see her best friend from kindergarten, stopping at the Grand Canyon and Yosemite along the way. Read about her trip in her travel notebook!

 

“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech

For ages 8-12

In this Newbery Medal-winner, 13-year-old Sal travels across the country to Idaho with her grandparents, filling the time by telling stories of her friend Phoebe Winterbottom. Also check out Creech’s other adventure and travel novels like “The Wanderer.”

 

“The Adventures of Tintin” by Hergé

For ages 9 and up

Go graphic with the Adventures of Tintin and follow a young Belgian reporter and his dog, Snowy, on their around-the-world adventures both realistic and fantastic in these comic albums that date back to 1929.

 

“Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne

For ages 9 and up

Phileas Fogg accepts a £20,000 bet from his friends in London and sets out with his French valet to circumnavigate the world in 80 days, finding action and adventure at every turn along the way.

 

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

For ages 10 and up

A story on many levels, “The Little Prince” has a little something for both of you and will grow with your grandchild. Follow this little alien’s travels from one planet to the next as he meets a cast of unusual characters.

 

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift

For ages 12 and up

Follow the four unusual misadventures of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship’s surgeon, as he sets out on a voyage that takes him to a world in miniature, a land of giants, a flying island and a land of gentle creatures and beasts.

 

“Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe

For ages 13 and up

“Robinson Crusoe” is a classic that you probably read when you were a kid, and maybe your grandparents before you. Now share with your grandchild the story of a man who spent 28 years as a castaway on a Pacific Island.



“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

For ages 14 and up

This magical story follows Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, on his search through the Sahara desert to find treasure in the pyramids of Egypt in a story about dreams and finding your purpose in life.

 

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain

For ages 15 and up

Float down the Mississippi River with Huck, a wily teenager from Missouri, and Jim, a runaway slave, and delight in the adventures they find along the way. Abridged versions are also available for younger grandkids.

“A grandparent-grandchild Road Scholar trip is one of the best legacy gifts you can give your grandchild, and yourself. There are few better ways to form a tight bond with your grandchild, as well as introducing him or her to the delights of travel. How long will she remember swimming with whale sharks? Her whole life.”

Carolyn from Ramah, New Mexico

— Class of 2015 | Program 20435 —

Most Popular Destinations
for Travel With Grandchildren


Take a deeper look at some of our most popular travel destinations for grandparents and grandchildren.

America's National Parks

From the incredible canyons of the American West to the awe-inspiring wilderness of Denali, savor the wonder in your grandchildren’s eyes as they take in the vast beauty while learning about America’s National Parks. Explore National Park Grandparent Programs

Africa

Wildlife and grandchildren go together like peas and carrots! Take your grandkids on the adventure of a lifetime as you safari across South Africa to Botswana, learning about elephant rescue operations and African culture together! Explore Africa Intergenerational Programs

New York City

Watch the sparkle of Times Square reflected in the wide eyes of your grandchildren as they take in the excitement of the Big Apple. Visit the city’s greatest sites and go backstage on Broadway for an unforgettable big city learning opportunity. Explore New York City Intergenerational Programs

Costa Rica

Discover the biodiversity of Costa Rica as you snorkel through crystal-clear waters, raft down gentle rivers and hike through the rainforest with your grandchild by your side, meeting and learning about monkeys, toucans and sloths along the way! Explore Costa Rica Intergenerational Programs

Hawaii

Surfing, submarines, snorkeling with sea turtles, rainforest hikes and luaus—these are just some of the adventures that await you and your grandchild on educational adventures on the island of Hawaii. Explore Hawaii Intergenerational Programs

Ireland & the UK

From faeries and castles to the Loch Ness monster, learn about the magical lore and legends that encompass Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales as you discover these beautiful islands with your grandkids. Explore Ireland & UK Intergenerational Programs

San Diego

Share your love of animals with your grandchild at two great San Diego institutions — the San Diego Zoo, home to over 800 species of animals, and world-renowned Birch Aquarium—as you learn about zoology and ocean conservation. Explore San Diego Intergenerational Programs

Galápagos Islands

Discover the amazing animals of the Galápagos as you hike, snorkel, paddle and bike through the islands with naturalists sharing their knowledge along the way. An active adventure in the Galápagos will be one your grandchildren will never forget. Explore Galapagos Intergenerational Programs

Chincoteague Islands

Alongside your grandchild, discover the real-world setting of Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague,” joining local experts to explore the island habitats where wild ponies roam! Explore Chincoteague Intergenerational Programs

Jennifer Beltz

A former interpretive park ranger at Phantom Ranch, located in Grand Canyon National Park, Jennifer has worked as a naturalist and national park ranger throughout the United States, was co-coordinator of a Road Scholar Service program that built a health clinic in Brazil, and has worked on many Intergenerational programs. She has lectured in the Department of Geography and Public Planning at Northern Arizona University and has led programs for Road Scholar since 1992.

Meet Jennifer on “Grand Canyon: River Rafting and a Historic Train Ride With Your Grandchild” (#5831).

Bill Wahl

As a child, Bill Wahl collected dinosaur toys — today, he works as a laboratory manager at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, where he is in charge of preparing a selection of material collected locally from various geologic formations. Using these raw materials, as well as his master’s degree in geology, Bill teaches outreach programs at universities and science museums. He has developed four separate thesis projects on the materials he has collected, prepared and researched, and enjoys sharing his findings with learners of all ages.

Meet Bill on “We ‘Dig’ Dinosaurs: An Intergenerational Dinosaur Adventure” (#21564)

Keith Chisnall

A local of northern Zimbabwe, Keith Chisnall relishes in showing the bush culture to travelers from around the world. As a child, Keith learned the medicinal value of bush plants, how to track animals, tribal customs and the indigenous flora and fauna, and his knowledge has only grown since then. He’s worked as an engineer, salesman and detective, but his most meaningful work has been in leading educational adventures. After over 20 years of experience leading groups in “Big Five” territory, you can rely on Keith to explain every aspect and every detail of the wilderness!

Meet Keith on “Family African Adventure: Wildlife Encounters With Your ‘Pride’” (#20948)

Diane McBride

Diane McBride has shared her passions for archaeology and education with students of all ages, and has taught in a variety of settings. She is the lead educator for the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum, coordinator of the Cultural Site Stewardship Program for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument under the San Juan Mountains Association, and an educator for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. In her free time, you can find Diane hiking the canyons and mesas or traveling the world with her husband and best friend, Bob.

Meet Diane on “Archaeology, Native American Art: Southwest Intergenerational Program” (#4947)

“We can't imagine a more precious time than those five thrilling days with our grandson, sharing new experiences with him at a time when he is so ready to learn and still not ready to bust out independently.”


Nancy from Bethesda, Maryland

— Class of 2015 | Program 5831 —

 

“The Intergenerational adventure in Washington D.C. was an experience of a lifetime for my grandchild and me. We will be much closer now because of these shared experiences. I would highly recommend taking your preteen on a trip with Road Scholar.”

Donnie from Titusville, Florida

— Class of 2016 | Program 14802 —

Grandparent Travel Blogs


10 Life-Changing Gifts for Your Grandkids

Hot Wheels, Barbies, baseball bats: Your grandchildren probably have plenty already. Why not think out of the box for their birthday or the holidays.

“A gift that can have a long-lasting impact on their lives and maybe even change them forever.”

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Road Scholar’s First Employee on His Love for Intergenerational Adventures

In his 38 years working at Road Scholar, Mike Zoob’s favorite perk is getting to travel with his grandchildren on Intergenerational adventures.

“These unique experiences are among the most fulfilling of my life!”

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Ushering in a New Age of Grandparent Travel

Road Scholar Senior VP JoAnn Bell shares a story about one of the thousands of grandparents who have cherished Road Scholar learning adventures with their grandkids.

“I made a promise to show them the world.”

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“The children never stopped thanking us for the opportunity to experience new people, new surroundings and new challenges. It was an experience of a lifetime for all of us.”

Christi from Spokane, Washington

— Class of 2013 | Program 2677 —

 

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