There is nothing like traveling with your adult children to make you feel dazzled and impressed that they are truly all grown up, competent citizens of the world. And there is nothing like traveling with your adult children to remind you that they are still your children and sometimes you need to take care of them.
Is this a trend, as the NYT suggests? What is your experience, from your perspective as both a parent and as an adult child? What are your observations? Pros and cons?
From the kids’ perspective:
How To Have An Adult Vacation With Your Family — Without Losing Your Mind
Skimming through a Popsugar list of ways to have a better European vacation, (https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Europe-Trip-Tips-43838449#photo-43838992 ) I found this direct hit for the Totebag crowd. It combines travel with fiction.
If you think reading guidebooks before embarking on your journey paints the picture, try devouring a delicious plot that captures the culture, scenery, and must dos of a destination all at the same time. There isn’t a destination anywhere (not just in Europe) that isn’t written about prolifically.
As an example, if Cinque Terre is on your bucket list, read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter first.
Totebaggers, suggest pairing of literature, art or film with your previous, scheduled or wish list destinations.