Tips for Traveling with Teens
Give teens some freedom.All-inclusives and cruises give older kids their first taste of independence. The finite space of a boat or resort means a rare opportunity to play and dine at will. Buses at places like Walt Disney World afford the chance to motor around independently.
Give yourself peace of mind.Organized activities entertain teens while allowing parents to keep track of them. Many resorts now offer teen clubs, exclusive spots open only to certain ages. Such clubs are often equipped with soft drinks, game rooms, karaoke, and dance floors.
Set a budget.Motorized sports are the mama of all extras. Teenagers will zero in on them the moment they arrive. Jet Skis and parasailing can cost upwards of $60 an hour. Little things like soft drinks and virgin cocktails—$1 to $5 each—not to mention arcade games, can add up in a hurry, especially since they're often bought with resort charge cards that don't seem like actual money. Use prepaid cards when possible. Either way, set a budget and stick to it.
Bring a friend.Nothing entertains a kid like another kid. Before offering an invitation, talk to the parents of the potential guest. Agree on who's paying for what, and how much supervision will be offered. Written permission—signed by the guest's parents and notarized—is needed to fly. Such documentation, plus insurance info, is also needed to get health care in an emergency. Photo Credit: Elenathewise / iStockPhoto
Member Comments (2) Post a Comment
Ranches are a great place for teens -- all inclusive, plenty of activities, takes them out of their normal element, presents a challenge, lots of fun, gives them independence, great bonding time. We found the perfect ranch on Top50ranches.com - Sugar and Spice in Texas specializes in mother/daughter weeks. it was so perfect and so remarkable.
on Jul 20, 11 at 04:01 PM
I definitely agree with letting your teen bring a friend. One of my most memorable family vacations was when my parents let my sister and I bring a friend on our annual family trip to Michigan. We got to share our favorite vacation spot with our friends while also having some quality family time. We still talk about how much fun we had that year.
Fodor's Top News & Features
- 15 Festivals to Attend Before You Die
- 10 Best National Parks to Visit This Winter
- Fodor's 2013 Holiday Gift Guides
- Fodor's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100
- 10 Cheeses Worth Traveling For
- World's 10 Best Ski Towns for Foodies
- Fodor's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers
- Incredible Private Pools at 7 Worldwide Hotels
- Top 15 Warm-Weather Resorts for Families
- Fodor's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Kids
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Fodor's Go List 2014: Where we are going in 2014
- World Cup Fever: Start planning your trip to Brazil!
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
- $525 -- Luxe Rio de Janeiro Resort over New Year's EveSheraton Rio Hotel & Resort
- $699 & up -- Cancun All-Inclusive Beach Escape w/AirApple Vacations
- $949 & up -- Caribbean: 7-Nt. Cruise on World's Largest ShipRoyal Caribbean
- $599 & up -- Weeklong Southern Caribbean CruiseRoyal Caribbean
- $849 & up -- Westin Maui 3-Nt. Vacation w/AirPleasant Holidays