I feel like when I talk about teens, I’m putting them in a negative light. [I feel pretty sure I’ve done that just this past week.] I’m sorry, I do not mean to do that. I know that traveling with teens can be a lot of fun. So today let’s talk some about traveling with teens.
Teens have so much going on in their worlds, especially today with all the social media stuff going on. They’re trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their life. Parents can be seen as their enemies or they’re best friends, and a lot of times it’s a mixture of both.
- It is important to ask them what they want to do and involve them in the planning process. They aren’t little kids who want to go wherever you say they need to go anymore. And they have more of a schedule than littler kids do. Don’t tell them they have to go the week they need to be home for their sport. And do not take them off the week their best friend return.
- Are you in a vacation rut? Do you go to the beach every summer and then to see family each holiday season? A lot of teens love adventure. Is there a place they’ve always dreamed of going? Ask them about it. You might be surprised at how much they’ll actually talk to you when you discuss something they’re interested in.
- There are a lot of cruiselines and resorts that cater to teens. Make sure that wherever you are going has things for them to do. There is nothing worse than sitting and watching everyone else have fun.
- And plan times when you aren’t doing anything except binging on Netflix and eating junk food. This may be a great way to learn more about your teens and their interests.
I would love to know your thoughts about any of this. Please let me know.