Traveling with teenagers

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Traveling with teenagers

Traveling with teenagers is quite different than travel with young children. There are some basic different needs of older children that you should consider when traveling in order to keep this often temperamental age group happy while on vacation.

Don’t Plan Early Mornings

Teenagers are notorious for staying up late and sleeping in. Even if you are an early riser, allow time for your teenagers to rise slowly. Plan on late breakfasts, and not officially rolling out for the day until after 10:00 am.

Allow Them Space

If you are staying at a hotel, it’s a good idea to reserve a family suite which may have two connecting rooms, or reserving a room next door for them. This will allow everyone space to unwind away from each other and give teens the independence that they naturally crave.

Pack Light

Teens may have the tendency to pack much more than what is needed if given no boundaries. Solve this issue by giving them their own luggage or bag and allowing them to pack it themselves. By supplying general guidelines for them, they may surprise you with their effective packing skills.

Bring a Friend

Teens rely heavily on their peers. Being away from their friends, even on a vacation, can evoke a sour mood. If it is feasible, allow one of their friends to come along.

Stay Connected

Teens of today see the internet as an indispensible tool; they have no recollection of existence without it. Allow them to stay connected with friends by choosing places to stay that offer wi-fi for their devices, or have a business center with public computer access. Not to say that being disconnected at times during your trip is a bad thing, but allowing your teen to reconnect when it’s available will make them feel more comfortable.

Plan Activities they Like

Sightseeing can be fun for adults, however, many teens will find it boring and much eye rolling will ensue. Plan some interactive activities such as swimming, cycling, and interactive museums. Let them use some of their technical savvy prior to the trip to do some research and find places they would like to see or visit. Plan on sampling some local culture by dining at local hot spots that will earn bonus points with your teen if that spot has been featured on tv or online.

Keep a Relaxed Pace

Perhaps the most important tip is to keep a relaxed pace and an open mind. If something piques your teen’s interest along the way, go with the flow and check it out. Allowing them to have some control over what you see and do will boost their confidence, and allow them to feel as more of an adult, rather than a child always being told what to do.