Family of Five to Europe?

Jun 29th, 2010, 01:44 PM
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Family of Five to Europe?

We are a family of five, a sixteen-year-old boy, a fourteen-year-old girl, and a twelve-year-old boy, and we have been to Europe a few times before and have been to most of the big monuments. Where are some places that you ABSOLUTELY have to see, but is kid and teen friendly that won't completely, "bore them to death"?
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Jun 29th, 2010, 01:59 PM
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I think more info is needed:

Where have you previously been?

What do you all enjoying doing- hiking, beach, etc.?

What type of things tend to "bore them to death"?

When is the trip and for how long?

Public tranportation only or are you open to car rental?

Have you asked the kids to research and contribute their suggestions?
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Jun 29th, 2010, 02:11 PM
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Ditto zoecat.

When you say you've "seen most of the big monuments," what exactly have you seen?
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Jun 29th, 2010, 02:23 PM
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I'd take them to Venice and turn them loose:
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Jun 29th, 2010, 03:21 PM
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I would sit them down in front of a computer and have them research the trip and get back to you as to what interests them and what doesn't. We even did that with our daughter when she was a teen which was way before computers. She checked out library guide books regarding Italy. Having your children involved in the trip planning should no doubt make your trip more fun and interesting for all of you.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 04:06 PM
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You could structure a trip around festivals and events that they might be interested in rather than places and monuments.

Some possibilities:

San Fermin - Spain (running of the bulls)

Happy Mosel - Germany (Biking event that draws 100,000 - you can participate)

Sausage Market - Bad Dürkheim, Germany
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Jun 29th, 2010, 05:13 PM
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Agree to give them the assignment of picking places that they want to go. (If they're bored everywhere it's because they're boring and have a bad attitude - which needs to be changed.)

Then take everyone top couple of picks and string together into a trip as many as makes sense given your time and budget. If they don;t want to bother leave them behind with family and go where you want.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 06:51 PM
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I'd also say the question should be: "What things do teenagers like most about ______ (name your city/area)?" then let your kids read the replies.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 07:16 PM
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The poster is one of the kids, not one of the parents.

Is this a summer vacation? How do you kids handle heat? Is it enough to be by a beach or have a pool, or would you rather just be someplace cooler?

If you need the beach, think about Greece, including some islands.

If you just don't want heat at all, think about the Netherlands -- a houseboat in Amsterdam -- and Belgium, maybe biking part of the trip.

By the way, if you don't like traveling or find things boring, you don't have a "bad attitude that needs to be changed." Your entitled to your feelings. Lots of things bore me. (Actually, most things that amuse other people bore me.)

Have a great trip!
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