Happy Travels With Your Teen
It *is* possible for everyone in your family to have a great time on vacation, if you respect your teen's interests.
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If your teen doesn’t want to be seen with you in public, a family trip may sound like a stretch. Tailor your plans to your teen’s concerns, though, and you’ll enjoy both the trip—and each other.
On the Go
Encourage teens to pack their own belongings, and follow up with them to make sure they haven’t forgotten key items. Also set the expectation that they’ll need to entertain themselves. A small pack containing snacks, books, and electronics is essential. Score points by funding new tunes or titles before the trip.
Teens need down time just as younger kids do. They may crave time alone, so plan for that. Give teens room to breathe by renting a condo or vacation home, or booking adjoining rooms at hotels. Can’t afford that? Find alternatives. Honoring personal space pays off.
Teens are works in progress: at this stage; they’re the stars of their own personal dramas. So bring a digital camera and notebook for your adolescent to document experiences. Add a roll of Scotch tape if you think your child might like to make an instant scrapbook. You may be surprised at what catches her eye. Talk about which images and sites are her faves, and why.
Make sure your teen’s clothing choices are appropriate. She may want to glam up (or dress way down) when she spies a cute boy on the beach. That said, short shorts aren’t for out to dinner. Reinforce the value of matching clothing to the situation.
Resources that will make traveling with teens easier, and more fun!—>