Travel with Teens

As all grandparents and many parents will already know, kids get harder to please the older they get, as they start to assert independence from the family and push to do their own thing.

Finding a holiday for all the family becomes harder than ever. But don’t let that put you off – holidays can be one of the rare occasions that allow for family bonding and proper communication between the generations, away from all the distractions of daily life.

In term of destinations, one with at least a smidgeon of glamour is usually a winner. The USA, especially New York, California and Florida, can’t be beat – partly because kids know it so well from popular culture. Or now that the kids are of an age where anti-malarial precautions aren’t a problem, consider Africa – a safari or a safari/beach holiday in Kenya, or a fly-drive to South Africa. Other top tips are the South of France or a Mediterranean island (villas with pools are great for some chilled-out time together), South-east Asia, especially Thailand, for gentle adventure including trekking, great food and shopping, and inspirational places to stay. If you’re a camping fan, you might want to opt for bigger site with lots of amenities – perhaps on the Italian Lakes or around surfing hotspot Biarritz on France’s Atlantic coast.

Top Tips for Successful Holidays with Teens:

– Have an adventure. There are few things more conducive to family bonding than doing something new in an exotic location. Some of the specialist adventure tour operator run trips with special departures for families with teenagers

– Find an activity-based resort  specializing in water- or snow-based activities. But don’t count on kids’ clubs – many teens will reject them as deeply uncool.

– If there aren’t likely to be kids of the same age-group in your destination, think about letting your children bring a friend along.

–  When it comes to what you actually do on holiday, allow your kids to decide on a few things they really want to experience throughout the week, such as water-skiing, to balance out activities you think everyone will enjoy together.

– Try to avoid accommodation with Wifi, to stop the kids spending most of their holiday chatting to their mates back home on Facebook or similar.

Visit the site Take The Family to get some top tips and more inspiration and to book your next family adventure!


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Mother of three grown-up daughters I am the ultimate multi-tasker and am passionate about my role as Silversurfers Website Editor and Social Media Manager. Always on the lookout for all things that will interest and entertain our community. Fueling fun for the young at heart!

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2nd Jul 2012
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Thanks Keith.... there are unbeatable destinations in the UK aren't there? If only we could guarantee sunshine all the way!! Not this year that's for sure! Silverhairs
2nd Jul 2012
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Nearer home the holidays that stand out in my mind are the trailer tent experiences : crabbing at Well and Southwold and climbing over the hills from Grasmere to Langdale Valley in the Lake District. Not forgetting staying in a basic cottage near Bala in Wales and climbing up to the lake on Cader Idris. Nothing beats north Wales and the Lakes PROVIDING THE WEATHER IS KIND !

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