Holidaying with teens? Here are our top survival tips
Ah, teenagers. Not quite an adult, not quite a child – this bizarre middle ground between being a member of the ‘real world’ and still playing with your friends down the park is a turbulent time.
As hard as it is for the teens themselves, the strain put on the parents of a 13-to-17-year-old is just as extreme. If you’re preparing to take one (or more) away on a holiday in the near future, here are our top survival tips.
- Make sure you book enough rooms
A double for mom and dad and a single for the little one was all well and good when they were younger, but very few teens will want to share a room with their parents.
It’s not just about “cramping their style” – they’re at an age where they’re going to need a break from you just so they don’t snap your heads off.
Let them have their downtime and the much-needed independence which helps see them through the day without throwing a hissy fit.
- Think about the phones
Smart phones are fairly intimately linked with teenagers at this point in history, so you’ll just have to accept there’s a good chance your teen will be bringing one on holiday with you.
In order to plan for this, do some research on roaming charges overseas, as well as looking to book hotel rooms which come with Wi-Fi as part of the cost.
- Let them get involved in high octane activities
There’s no need to coddle them as you may have in the past – teens are ready to dive headfirst into outings which younger children wouldn’t be able to tackle.
“Water babies may be ready to try snorkelling or scuba diving trips and snow bunnies may want to look into skiing or snowboarding” – the possibilities really are endless at this age.
You can use this as an excuse to get involved in some more physical days out yourselves, without the embarrassment of looking like the middle-age couple who’re out of place.
- Don’t remind them you’re doing them a favour
Yes, you might be spending your own hard-earned money to take them on the trip of a lifetime, but they won’t be grateful if you rub that in their noses all vacation.
You’re more likely to get a positive response out of them if you just let things carry along at their own pace. Reminding someone you’re doing them a favour isn’t how you earn their respect.
- Treat them like a teenager
We touched on it at the start of this blog, but teens naturally find it hard to feel accepted in most sectors of society due to their in-between status.
As such, neither patronise them like a child, nor quite afford them the rights of a fully grown adult.
Find the right middle ground which sees you show them a decent level of respect, while still reminding them you’re in charge.
Hopefully this useful list of tips will serve to make things considerably easier for you when you travel with teens in the future. Don’t shirk from it – holidaying with teens can be very rewarding.