How To Travel with Teens and Succeed

Holidays with teenagers can be notoriously tricky. Get them wrong and you can have a seriously grumpy teen on your hands. But get them right and you can create memories that will strengthen your relationship with your teen and bring out the best in both of you. Here is a handy guide packed with tips and hacks on how to travel with teens and succeed.

Going on holiday with your teenage son or daughter can be a challenge for the most patient parents. Mood swings, silences, outbursts, glares – and that’s before you’ve even set off. But it won’t be long until they will be going away with their friends every summer, so you need to make the most of the remaining holidays you have together. With a bit of flexibility and an understanding of what they want, you’ll both be having a holiday you’ll remember forever – for all the right reasons - and even build a relationship with them that’ll nourish both you and your teen with happiness for a lifetime.

Holidays with teenagers: the golden rule

The first rule of choosing the perfect holiday with your teenager is to ask them what they want, rather than simply telling them where you’re going. Give them a list of options: beach break, activity holiday, sports holiday, short-haul, long-haul. Of course, your budget will dictate how far you can go and how much you can spend, but consulting your teenagers about what they want shows respect for their opinion and gives them a sense of responsibility about how you share your family time together. This can help your teen grow and even help you better yourself as a parent of a teenager. You may be surprised at their response.

Go all-inclusive

Family holidays with teenagers can be expensive, but on an all-inclusive Club Med holiday all sports and activities are included in the price, so you don’t need to worry about the extra cost of keeping them occupied. The beauty of going all-inclusive is that your teenager can live life at their own pace – eating when they want, playing their favourite sport and meeting their new friends, all in a safe and secure environment that’ll allow them to thrive naturally.

“I want my own space!”

It’s no secret that teenagers crave their own space – the large ‘Keep Out’ sign on their bedroom door is a good clue. So it’s important that they can retreat to a parent- and sibling-free area to hang out and chat to other teenagers. A number of Club Med resorts feature Passworld, an open club with a dedicated space designed just for teenagers, where they can meet new friends and learn new skills such as film design and mixing beats. Supervised by qualified staff, the spaces also feature a dance floor and DJ booth. And no, you can’t have a try.