Ralph Morehead—Love of travel runs in the family

A Naval Academy graduate and Westinghouse retiree, Ralph Morehead has traveled to more than 84 countries. When he booked a world cruise on the Queen Mary II, he asked his grandson, Ben, to join him.

'Ben was having some trouble with his first year of college, and I thought this would be a good chance for us to spend some time together and reconnect,' Ralph explains. 'We went clear around the world in 17 days. We flew from Baltimore to London to Dubai, where we boarded the boat and went to places like India, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Vietnam.'

Since returning, Ralph feels closer to his grandson. 'I think we learned a lot about each other from this trip and we probably understand each other a little better,' he says.

Ralph's claim is backed by research from Concordia University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. A recent study shows that travel and leisure time is one of the best ways for grandparents and grandchildren to bond. Activities like holiday celebrations, cooking, shopping, gardening and vacations have a big impact in bringing different generations together.

Thanks to Charlestown, Ralph has more time to devote to his family, friends and the activities he loves. He and other travelers can pack their bags and head out for adventure at a moment's notice—without any worries.

Ralph Morehead