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Traveling With Teenagers: 4 Tips That Will Make It Easier

If you’re planning to travel with teenagers, you will need to prepare yourself, as teens can be a little harder to deal with than their younger siblings. Let’s look at how traveling with teenagers can be a lot easier than you think:

Traveling with your family can be a wonderful experience, and it can make your vacation so much better than it would be if you went without your children.

However, if you’re planning to travel with teenagers, you will need to prepare yourself, as teens can be a little harder to deal with than their younger siblings. Let’s look at how traveling with teenagers can be a lot easier than you think:

If you’re planning to travel with teenagers, you will need to prepare yourself, as teens can be a little harder to deal with than their younger siblings. Let’s look at how traveling with teenagers can be a lot easier than you think:

Involve Your Teenager In The Vacation-Planning Process

Outdoorsy, an RV rental marketplace suggests that involving your teenager in the vacation-planning process can make life so much easier. Teenagers want to be heard, and they want their opinions to count, so you should try to get them involved.

If your teen doesn’t want to join in with the planning, don’t force them, just let them know that you want their input as it’s important to you.

If your son or daughter does want to get involved, hear what they have to say, and come up with a compromise if you cannot deliver exactly what they’re looking for.

Let Your Teen Have Access To The Internet

Most adults want to spend time away from their everyday lives, but not all teenagers do. If your teen requests that they have access to the internet so they can email or message their friends, let them have it.

Your teen may simply want to tell their friends what they’ve been up to or catch up on a bit of gossip. Allowing your teen to access the web is likely to please them, and make your trip a much more pleasant one.

Let Your Teen Sleep In A Separate Room

Teenagers need their privacy, even when they’re on vacation with their family. If you’re planning to stay in a hotel, book a separate room for your teen as they will appreciate this.

If you happen to be camping or staying in an RV, try to make separate sleeping areas by hanging up a blanket between beds so there’s more privacy for everyone.

Think about how you would have felt if you had to sleep in the same area as your parents when you were a teen. Your teenager may feel exactly the same as you, so bear this in mind when you’re working on sleeping arrangements.

Plan To Do Absolutely Nothing At Least One Day A Week

One of the best things that you can do while you’re traveling with teens is to plan at least one day each week when you do absolutely nothing. Your son or daughter may feel inclined to rest a little more than you do, so let them rest on the ‘Day off’.

Let your teenager know when you plan to do nothing, so they can don’t have to worry about catching up on sleep, or spending time away from their siblings.

Allow your teen to shut themselves in their room all day, or simply spend hours on end watching TV, they will appreciate it.

Traveling with teenagers does not have to be a nightmare, use the above tips to make your vacation a little bit better for everyone, especially your teen.

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16 Comments

  1. I disagree on the sleep arrangements. Teens need to learn to share a space with someone, even if they are super annoyed by the prospect. Growing up means learning to deal with inconveniences and annoyances, I think, because that is a lot of what adulting is.

  2. These sound like some great tips, the idea of having a day of nothing is always a good idea anyway to let everyone recop and relax a bit.

  3. We always get a suite hotel and the teen gets the couch. The younger boys sleep on the floor on air mattresses

  4. All great tips. When we travel with our teens, whenever possible, we always get a separate room. And having a free day helps a lot too.

  5. I think the tip about planning to do absolutely nothing for one day is a good idea! When I was a teenager I hated our family trips because I just wanted to relax!

  6. Trang Khánh says:

    Well, I should make my parents to follow these tips. They always hinder me from surfing the web, even when I want to find a good place to have a snack . If they allow me to have my own room when travelling, our trips will be better, I’m sure.

  7. Claudia Krusch says:

    Having the teenagers have their own room is a great tip. My teenager likes to stay up a lot later then I do so there is no way I would be able to sleep on a trip if we shared a room.

  8. I let my teens pretty much do their own thing when we traveled. But it was mostly for sports, they always had their own room that was connected to ours.

  9. I somehow agree with Heather. But also for some time they also need privacy. So, they’ll learn to respect other’s privacy too, especially they growin to be young adults.

  10. Traveling with teenagers is such an enjoyable one. I have no kids yet but have cousins who are younger that me. Some thoughts you raised are true though. Sometimes it depends on the personality too.

  11. This is a great advice to plan to do absolutely nothing when travelling with teenagers! I find both of my teen and tween are spending a lot of time just on their own now – they don’t need planned out activities so much, they can come up with what they feel like doing on their own – Youtube videos is all the rage!

  12. I haven’t had to deal with this yet..though my 3 year old sometimes seems like a teenager already. I do agree with a comment above that the extra room thing is a little much (not to mention expensive). Teens do need to realize that not everything revolves around them, and that they’re part of a family. I personally could have used more familial closeness when I was a teen, even though I felt like I wanted less. If the expense is not a burden, I guess go for it, but if the family has to scrape to provide this luxury, then I agree that he or she needs to learn the world does not revolve around her every desire. I think. Although the hanging blankets seems like a good compromise to me! That’s a great idea I think!

  13. Blair villanueva says:

    I think kids needs to learn how to sleep sharing with someone and with boundaries, especially for kids who sleeps motionly. 🙂
    Its a good training!

  14. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are great tips for parents traveling with teenagers. It is so important I believe for the children to be involved in your vacation planning Thanks for sharing the tips.

  15. I agree that you have to let your teeners be involved in the decision making. Teeners nowadays have very bright idea. I will take note of these as I soon will have teeners of my own.

  16. I think allowing all your children to be part of planning a family vacation is great. My kids are not to worried about internet usage, but then again they don’t have smartphones yet, and the tablets they have have offline games they can play.

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