Traveling with Teens
Teenagers are a joy to travel with – said no parent ever. Yet, this winter break, families all over the U.S. will pack their bags and head across state, across country or across the seas to have one last perfect family vacation before their difficult-to-please offspring heads off to college.
It is possible to choose a travel destination that will make everyone happy, but before making reservations consider these tips from the American Society of Travel Agents:
- Involve your teens in the vacation planning: Having some input on the destination will automatically make them feel more enthusiastic about the trip.
- Be clear about your budget: Being upfront with your teen about money will manage expectations and reduce disappointments.
- Let them sleep: Avoid packing every day full with excursions and reservations. Teens need some down time. Schedule a few mornings where they can sleep in and move at their own pace.
- Treat them like adults: Allow older teens to explore the vacation spot on their own or hang out in the hotel room alone for a while. Set guidelines around where they’re allowed to go and for how long. If your teen doesn’t already have a cell phone, now’s the time to spring for one. That way you can keep tabs on them at all times.