Mummy says….If (like me) you are the parent of a teenager (or two), you already know what temperamental creatures they can be!
Once adolescents reach a certain age, they may balk at the very notion of spending time with their family. Don’t worry. You can still take a happy family holiday, even with teens in tow, we have some tips for holidaying with teens….
Plan your trip together
When deciding upon a holiday destination, ask your teen’s opinion and listen to their answer. Take
their desires into consideration, and they may better understand the point of taking a break as a family unit. Explain the family travel budget, and accommodate your teenager’s wishes as well as you can. If your teen’s dream destination is out of the question, allow them to fully participate in the planning of your itinerary. If your teenage child feels involved in the planning, disappointment and unhappy surprises are greatly reduced.
Planning a road trip? Let your licensed teen manage part of the driving. (I can’t wait for this!) When teenagers feel responsible, they may be more likely to cooperate with -and actually, enjoy- family travel plans.
Flex a few family rules
At home, you probably (try) and enforce a number of rules regarding acceptable teen behaviour. While on
holiday, relax some of those rules. Don’t enforce bedtime, and let your older kids sleep in while you and the little ones go to breakfast at the Marriott Suites or wherever you are staying. Extend evening curfew by an hour, so your teen can explore the local scene with local peers. Let them skip a formal restaurant dinner and order room service pizza, instead. Let them know that this is temporary for the holiday and not the new family rules! Teens who are afforded a bit of leeway tend to be happier, more cooperative travel companions, say travel pros at HowToLearn magazine.
Don’t be afraid of acting silly in front of your teen, laughter goes a long way towards making your trip with a teen more lighthearted and easy, explains GoodnCrazy magazine. Allow your teens time alone to explore, and they will enjoy time together as a family even more when you reunite.
Keep them busy and let them get tired
Such is the advice offered by numerous family travel experts. Teens are more apt to enjoy a trip when you let them occasionally explore a new location on their own. This rule especially applies when you take a family cruise or visit a resort that provides numerous activities. Remind them of the safety rules, and encourage your eager adolescents to have an adventure alone. Chances are good they will return to your hotel room with a fascinating story to share.
A family holiday can be a whole lot of fun, provided parents are willing to negotiate. Let your teens
participate in planning, give them some responsibility, and enjoy the best family holiday possible.
Do you have any more tips for holidaying with teens?