I love to travel with my grandchildren. That means my grandchildren get lots of travel miles. My youngest granddaughter, Zare, has logged lots of miles, crossing the country by car three times, flying cross-country twice. She has taken planes, trains, buses and cars on trip after trip—and it’s not just the long-distance trips. We’ve logged countless miles on day-trips, weekend trips, and longer excursions. She earned the title, “Road Warrior.”
Recently I sat down with my 5 year old granddaughter and asked her for her thoughts on traveling.
If one of your friends was going on a trip, what would you tell them to take with them?
And lots and lots of clean underwear, their iPad and headphones.
And anything else?
You have to know where you’re going to know what to take. But you don’t have to worry because if you forget anything you just ask Siri where a Walmart is? (All right, that’s something I say every time I pack for a trip. But isn’t it amazing how very young our children take to technology. Even my 2-year old grandson talks to my iPhone.)
What is the best way to travel, by a plane, car, train or a bus?
Because you get there faster, they serve food, you can watch movies, and you have a little table to color on and you can put your snacks on it. They give you cookies in the shape of a plane or peanuts, soda or juice.
So you really like traveling by plane. Weren’t you afraid?
No. You don’t have to be afraid. Remember, when you flush the toilet in the little bathroom, you can’t get sucked out of the plane. And if you lock yourself in by accident they can still open the door from outside. (We learned the door locking fact on a flight to New Orleans)
Don’t you like road-trips?
Not really, well if they’re short. If it’s long, I want to go by a plane.
What do you do in a car?
Lots of stuff because it’s so long. I play on my iPad, listen to books on the radio and music. I nap and sometimes I’m just bored. I like it when you let me use your GPS Maps on your iPhone so I tell you where to turn when we’re looking for the hotel.
What have you learned on road trips?
That some of the most fun is when you take a detour. Mom says you always take detours and if you want to get some place quick don’t let you drive. But I like your detours. But don’t worry, Gramma, I like your detours.
Albuquerque. But I know if you take me to Disneyland that it will be my favorite forever. Please, please, please.
I got to play in the snow. They have really good places. Oh, and my cousins live there.
Where would you go right now, if you could?
Disneyland, and then Albuquerque, and then San Francisco.
Do you like to travel?
Yes. I really, really, really want to go someplace now. Gramma, let’s go to San Francisco.
There you have it. 5 years old and having the wisdom of a true ‘road warrior.” She just tells it like it is.
One thing I’ve learned traveling with my own children and now my grandchildren is that they become savvy travelers very quickly. Traveling makes them resilient, independent, and tolerant. Those are the attributes I want them to have. These are gifts I want to leave them.
Traveling with my children and grandchildren is one of the best experiences I can have.