A special trip with my graduate daughter

 

There’s always something special about traveling with your kids one-on-one — whether they’re five, 15 or in my case, 22. I just returned from a trip to Italy with my daughter Reggie — her college graduation trip — before she headed off for adventures (and a new job) across the country.

Not to say we didn’t have a few spats or get on each other’s nerves during our stay abroad. Traveling with someone, I think, is a lot harder than living with them! But we did get to spend more time together — just the two of us — than we have in years. We laughed and joked. She wanted to hear stories about when I was her age starting out and, when I met her dad. I was glad to tell them. I wanted to hear all about her hopes and dreams.

After nearly a week, though, we were ready for some other company –and more than sightseeing. So we joined a Backroads hiking trip along the Amalfi Coast. Backroads is a leading American company offering active vacations (many for families with young kids). More than half this adult trip were parents with 20-something children (more about that in an upcoming trip diary and column).

But I wanted you to know that if you are considering a Backroads trip (www.backroads.com) with your young adult — and there are more than 1,000 to choose from around the world — mention code Y009 when reserving and adult children (ages 17-25) sharing a room with an adult will enjoy a 10 percent savings. Valid on new bookings made between June 15-July 31, 2008 and good for trips in 2009. www.backroads.com

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