Children are fascinating creatures, aren’t they? From the age of 1 to 7, they are just adorable; from 8 to 12 or 13, even though they develop some naughty habits, you still find them cute. And as a parent, you wish that they never grow up; that they remain those little adorable monsters. Until they transform into real teenagers and become actual monsters. The good thing with monsters is that in as much as they are terrifying, human beings have always ruled and controlled them. But only the smart ones are the ones who are capable of this task. If you consider yourself a smart parent, not even the wildest monster (teenager) will stand in your way. Let me share with you a few secrets about the ideal destinations for a vacation with your beautiful monsters (teenagers). Also, consider how the journey to the vacation spot is going to be like. Picking the right travel agency is important. Travel with eDreams to liven up your experience and save on the costs of the journey.
It’s About the Principles Not the Destination
Choosing a vacation destination for the entire family is a tricky thing; even choosing a vacation destination for just a couple is often challenging. Now, choosing an ideal vacation spot for a family with kids – particularly kids with significant age differences – can be a daunting task. If some of those kids are the unstable elements (teenagers), this task even becomes dreaded by some parents. But it’s not rocket science. All you need to do is determine where the leverage is, and you’ll be in control
If you look around online, you’ll find various sites suggesting different destinations for taking your teenagers on vacation. But it is not necessarily the destination that counts but the rules that govern how you choose a destination. Most parents end up having horrible vacations with their teenagers because they only considered the destination and disregarded the principles that govern how to choose a vacation destination.
Selecting the ideal vacation spot to bring your teenagers along is like choosing a gift for someone you care about. When choosing a gift, you don’t just go into a gift shop and pick whatever and give it as a gift to a loved one (unless it’s father’s day). A considerate individual will consider the meaning the gift will have to its recipient. Therefore, when choosing a vacation spot and you intend to include your teenagers in the experience, you should consider whether it will mean something to them and not just you or someone else in the family. In fact, you should pick a destination where everyone in the family will have a thrill. And that is the principle.
The Ideal Vacation Destination for Your Teenagers
What criteria then, should you use to choose the ideal vacation spot that will be meaningful to everyone in the family?
The first step is considering everyone’s interests. If you have children below 12 years old and others in their teens, it would be inconsiderate picking a vacation destination that only one of the kids will enjoy. You should also consider yourself and your spouse. It’s a vacation, not another location where you are going to babysit and get frustrated because so and so is misbehaving again or so and so is not having fun and now you have to play the clown to please them.
Teenagers can be moody and tend to be easily disappointed or frustrated. If the journey to the destination is a tiresome and frustrating one, then you’ll have asked for their not so good attitude. But if you ensure that the journey goes well as much as possible, then no one will have anything to complain about.
Pick a vacation destination that’s engaging at all levels, fascinating, and that’s filled with fun activities. I’m not necessarily saying that you should pick a fun park like Disney Land, although it’s always a fun place to visit. I’m saying pick a place where there will be alternative fun activities to engage in. Some ideal locations are:
- Interesting places your teenagers have never been to before. New is always better.
- Any place with the wonders of nature will cheer up even the dullest teenager. Waterfalls, Islands, Mountains, Canyons, and other amazing natural sceneries will always be rewarding.
- Boat and yacht rides are ideal, especially if it’s their first experience. (Provided they don’t get seasick).
- Visiting other cultures is also perfect. But pick fun places. There are countries that will need a lot of psychological effort to adjust to. Remember, they are teenagers; they are already dealing with psychological adjustments. Pick somewhere they’ll have an easy time blending in and even get lost in the culture. China, Japan, Hawaii, Italy, France, or Peru are among the best destinations in this perceptive. Also visiting other states within the country that have rich cultures can be fun. Consider Texas, California, New York; but that is if they are already not residents of these states and they have never visited them before.
Teenagers are not as complicated as many people assume they are. In as much as most parents find them difficult to deal with, there are always those parents who find them a delight. You too can fall under the group of the latter parents. When dealing with teenagers, as with any other human being, all you have to do is be considerate and understanding. Observe that and picking your next vacation spot that will involve your teenagers will not be a hard task, and the vacation will be one of the best your family ever had.