Ah… traveling with teens and tweens! The ol’ family vacation can turn from paradise into a Griswald vacation in no time flat if you don’t prepare. But why not get your teens and tweens involved in the planning? Read what The Travel Guru, Roni Faida has to say about making your family vacation better! And just in time for the summer travel!
1. Be responsible with technology
I’m sure many of you want to update your twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other social media you love to browse and your parents understand that. However, I want you to think about your parents point of view by putting yourself in their shoes. Let’s say you pay for you and 3 of your friends to travel to a fabulous destination, they don’t have to pay for a thing. The whole time you are there they are constantly on their phones texting away or listening to music and not talking to you. How would you feel? How you would feel is exactly how your parents would feel and would you want to make them feel that way? Of course not. So how about talk to your parents before you leave and agree to how long you can be on social media during the day and then stick to it. Keep your phones in your purse during meals so that you can engage with your family. Your parents will appreciate it and they will be happy that you are being so considerate of their feelings.
2. Ask for your own room
Now this one may be a bit tricky. When I travel I love to rent apartments because I find it’s a better value. So, see if you can convince your parents to rent an apartment instead of getting a hotel room. This way, you can probably get your own room, or at least be able to share one with your siblings if you have any. I think it’s important for everyone to have their own space when they travel and by renting an apartment or a house, you will be able to get away from your family when you need time to yourself.
3. Be in on the decision-making process of where you go
It’s kind of hard to get excited about seeing a city that you had no interest in, right? So when your parents start making vacation plans, ask them if you can give your opinion about where the family should go. And when you tell them where you want to go, have some facts to back up your choices. For instance, what is there to see? Where can you stay? Will they need to change money? If so, what is the exchange rate? How expensive is it to get around the city? Will you be able to use public transportation or have to rent a car? If you have the answers to these questions your parents will see that you are serious about being a part of the family vacation.
4. Bring board/card games
This may not be something you are interested in but I can almost guarantee that your parents will be really happy if you pull out a board game. By doing this you are showing your parents that you want to spend time with them and are interested in the family fun. This also shows your parents that you are taking the initiative to make the vacation better which will always work in your favor.
5. Have your own cash
Being a tween/teen means you probably don’t have access to your own money because you don’t have a job. So, a few months before you will be going on vacation, sit down with your parents and find out what you can do around the house to earn some money. Can you fix your parents bed? Can you shred papers from the home office? What about washing the car(s)? Take the initiative and have some ideas about what you want to do and also discuss what your parents would like you to do. This way, your parents will see that you are being responsible and they may be willing to help you find more things around the house to do in order to make your own money.
Are there any suggestions you would give a tween/teen before they go on vacation with their family? If you are a parent, how would you react if your child/children did these 5 suggestions?
Roni Faida (pronounced fie-e-da) I’m a trilingual travel expert and a former tour guide who is now traveling for fun and sharing her adventures and advice with all of us! You can find her over at The Travel Guru since you probably won’t catch her at home!