When it comes to travel, writer Janey Womeldorf knows her way around. She has worked as a tour guide in her native Bath, England, and as a travel agent in Germany. Now, as an Orlando, Fla., transplant, she's the in-house theme-park planner for her extended family. Over the last decade Womeldorf has coordinated family trips that include toddlers and adult children as well as grandparents.
Family vacations run the gamut from a mountain cabin shared with mice and other creatures to a retirement celebration in Hawaii. As we jump on planes, trains and automobiles for multigenerational summer sojourns, what can we do to guarantee five-star success?
The Beatles might have gotten by with a little help from their friends, but I couldn't do it without my family - especially when it comes to caregiving for my parents. Knowing my sisters will help is invaluable, whether I'm having trouble coordinating Dad's care and my work schedule or I'm simply feeling tired and overwhelmed. We support Dad and each other through this difficult time.
How do we view our role in taking care of our parents? Are we willing to help them out financially? What about having them move in with us? And, what are our expectations for our own children when we need help?
For many years, we've thought of the "sandwich generation" as people who are taking care of older parents while raising young children of their own. But that seems to be changing. Many people today are taking care of their moms and dads- and, increasingly, their grown kids who still need financial help. So even though their nests are empty, their wallets are quickly emptying too.
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