Tips for travelling with grandparents

In theory, multi-generational travel kicks ass. Who doesn’t love the notion of 80 years of [insert family name here], together experiencing faraway places for the first time? Who wouldn’t warm to the idea of the new dogs teaching the old ones new tricks? Just thinking about it is enough to make even the most stoic among us verklempt.

In practice, however, multi-generational travel can be sort of a hot mess. Grandpa doesn’t relate well to grandkids. Everyone’s on a different schedule. Your mother drives your wife nuts. After three days, everyone is ready to go berserk. And that’s just the good news.

How can you ensure that your next multi-generational vacation comprises more happy memories than horrid ones? Here are four of my secrets to making it work.

Embrace space.
Just because the entire clan is vacationing together doesn’t mean everyone has to stay together. Instead, book separate rooms in separate sections of the same hotel, or separate rooms at a completely different hotel that’s within walking distance of everyone else. With this setup, you’re close enough to participate in group activities, but far enough away to feel like you can retreat to your own environment when it’s time to leave the family behind.

Lighten the agenda.
The No. 1 cause of tension on a family trip: The schedule. With this in mind, strip the itinerary of everything but the most mission-critical stuff. Family members should respond favorably to this flexibility. If they don’t, one of two things is up: a) they are just curmudgeons or b) they are miffed about something else and projecting those frustrations into a completely different circumstance. (Also, fewer formal “activities” will yield more serendipitous moments.)

Ask questions.
Traveling with the oldest generation of your family is like traveling with detailed storybooks of the past. Especially when your kids are present, engage the grandparents (and great-grandparents!) and ask them to talk about their time as kids—particularly their favorite vacations. This walk down memory lane undoubtedly will help put the current vacation into a broader context. Who knows? It also may teach you something new about your own parents.

Be appreciative.
There will be times on a multi-generational trip when one of your relatives will do something that drives you nuts. There also will be times when you will do something that irritates them. These irritations are (or, at least, they should be) ephemeral; the bigger picture on a multi-generational trip is togetherness. Most families these days are too fractured to vacation together; if you can travel with the bulk of yours, be grateful.

Next Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Needed When Go to Travelling

Starbucks has a new beverage joining its fall lineup alongside the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

On Saturday, customers can begin ordering Starbucks’ Chile Mocha, the coffee giant’s new seasonal beverage. While Starbucks will begin promoting the drink to its loyalty members on Saturday, the drink officially launches on Tuesday — the same day as the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s official launch.

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The Chile Mocha is topped with cayenne, ancho chile, paprika, cinnamon, sea salt, and a little sugar. It’s a mix of sweet and spicy that is reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate, but the level of spice isn’t overwhelming.

Baristas create the Chile Mocha by topping espresso with a blend of cocoa powder and spices steamed together with milk. The use of cocoa powder, instead of syrup like the traditional Starbucks mocha, creates a lighter and more subtly sweet chocolatey drink, superior to the original mocha.

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Starbucks created the Chile Mocha after the coffee development team decided to double down on the “spice” aspect of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

“Our customers expect Pumpkin Spice every year … but we also need to continue to innovate,” Mackenzie Karr, a coffee education specialist at Starbucks, told Business Insider. “We’ve kind of taken the PSL, and taken the S and really blown it up.”

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While seasonal beverages are an expected part of Starbucks’ rotating menu, new fall drinks at the chain have an impressive legacy to live up to. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage ever, with a reputation that only grows year after year.

When developing new beverages, Starbucks is forced to consider how they might measure up to the PSL.

“I think if we ever developed something as iconic as the pumpkin spice, that would be a huge thing to celebrate,” Karr said. “But, I think that a lot of our [limited-time offerings] go with the trends — what people are talking about, what people are doing. I would love for this to be iconic, but you know, maybe next year there will be something completely different that people are interested in.”

The Chile Mocha is the “hot friend” to the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s “bae,” Karr said — an exciting newcomer tagging along with customers’ long-term lover. If the Chile Mocha can reach Pumpkin Spice Latte levels of adoration, that would be great for the company, but Starbucks wouldn’t mind if customers just want a fall fling with the new drink.

What are you expect on travelling

Travel over Labor Day weekend is expected to be up 10 percent compared to last year, according to TripAdvisor.

Sixty percent of people traveling for the holiday will be driving, while airports and airlines are preparing for 15.6 million passengers, according to Airlines for America.

FlightAware showed some delays already accumulating in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington D.C. before noon on Friday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting increased traffic along the U.S.-Canada border, and is warning drivers to plan for additional travel time.

Meanwhile Hurricane Hermine’s lingering effects will impact millions of people’s plans: “This storm presents challenges for travel and tourism along coastal areas, but if you’re aware of it, you can put a plan in action,” Mary Glackin, head of Science and Forecast Operation at The Weather Company, told Travel + Leisure.

Here is the info you need to be prepared as you head into a hopefully relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Weather

If you’re on the East Coast, expect a stormy, wet weekend. Hurricane Hermine hit Florida early Friday, and although the storm weakened upon making landfall, it will bring rain and winds up the coast over the weekend.

“The storm is projected to track up through Georgia and the Carolinas, then into Virginia and Delaware,” said Glackin. “Finally it will move offshore and linger to bring impact will the northeastern coastal regions.”

By Monday, the storm should be winding down off shore, but could make for rough surf and windy conditions for beachgoers.

 Road conditions

AAA has decided Labor Day does not warrant a driving forecast the way other holidays—like Thanksgiving and July Fourth—do. But the organization did release a notice about gas prices, which are expected to rise.

Motorists headed to areas with heavy rains should remember to drive cautiously—getting to your Labor Day party late is better than getting in an accident.

And if you don’t already have a map app, Google Maps or Waze could be your best friend this weekend.

Airlines

Several airlines have issued fee waivers for travel this weekend. A bummer if you were really looking forward to that Labor Day getaway, but good news if your plans are flexible and staying where you are sounds preferable to facing potential delays.

Check with your airline for the updated status of your flights before you head to the airport (downloading the airline’s app is often the best way to get an alert on delays and cancelations), and for travel notices for fee waivers check the airlines’ websites:

  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Southwest
  • JetBlue
  • Virgin America

How to Catch the Perfect Swell

Five years ago, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, triggering a tsunami and leading to a nuclear disaster.

Towns and beaches in close proximity to the plant were affected as toxic water made its way through drainage ditches and into the soil. Though there have been extensive clean-up efforts, some beaches still have signs of radiation in their sand and waters.

Despite this, surfers have continued to come to these beaches to brace the waves, with some even returning on a daily basis.

“Of course we may seem a little crazy, but for us, the important thing is the waves,” surfer Yuichiro Koboyashi said in an interview with the Japan Times.

When journalist Kimball Taylor traveled to the city of Sendai near the nuclear plant to speak to surfers in the area, he found that an estimated 50 percent returned a year or two after the disaster to start surfing again.

Many of the surfers told Taylor they simply don’t think about the potential radioactive dangers lurking in the waves.

“We will only know the true consequences of our time in the water 20 years from now,” a surfer told Al Jazeera.

Many of the beaches have been classified as safe by the government, but there are still concerns about radiation levels.

And even though the surfing community has still come to this region, the majority of the surfers are older. Children are more often kept away.

“I worry about the youngsters because if they are exposed to radiation now, it might affect them when they grow up,” surfer Toshihisa Mishina told the Japan Times.

Though Mishina returned to Toyoma beach, he said he would never allow his 12-year-old to join him.

According to Taylor, those who did stop surfing after the disaster did so to honor the thousands who were killed by the tsunami that hit the beaches, with remnants like socks, family photos, and children’s toys still visible on the shores.

“The government keeps telling us that things are back to normal in the region, but we can see that few people have come back,” one surfer told Al Jazeera.