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Teen Planning Family Trip: Help me decide where to go next!

Old Nov 2nd, 2007, 08:25 PM
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Well, I think I know from your previous trips whose daughter you are! How fun that you are getting to do all the planning (it's almost the best part).

It's probably too late, since you seem to be heading the Greece direction, but I'd suggest Germany and Prague. We took my teenaged daughters who were studying German in high school on two different trips to Germany/Austria/Prague. They both LOVE Prague, and it is as easily accessible from Germany as it is from Vienna. Both times we took the train from Germany (Regensburg) to Prague to Vienna. But we've visited Berlin a few times since then, and Berlin to Prague via Dresden would be quite easy.

You could have quite a quandary in choosing German destinations. Munich and Bavaria are so picturesque and charming, but there is so much more to Germany! And the Austrian cities are nice as well. My girls have really enjoyed Vienna.

If you do Berlin, stay for at least 4 days. It takes a little while to 'get' Berlin, but after a few days we found that we just fell in love with it. I went in March 2007 with my then-18 year old (6 nights in Berlin combined with 2 nights in Dresden). We had such a great time that I went back with my husband in Sept 2007. He also fell in love with the city after a few days there (we had 7 nights combined with 2 nights in Cologne, and a day trip to Quedlinburg). Our family is seriously thinking of returning AGAIN in March 2008 - this time all 4 of us, so my older daughter can fall in love with it also. As an aside, the shopping was great - from department stores to the big European chains to wonderful street markets.

It will be interesting to see what you choose!
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 03:01 AM
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how funny! travelgirl2, I didn't see your post when I replied, but it looks like my first sentence answers the question you raised in your last.

As a hint, I think her mom was the one who said that she would never again leave for a trip right after school was out.

So, teenstavelinfam, does this mean that you are also in charge of writing the trip report when you return?
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 03:38 AM
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Hi teenstravel! It is great to see you on the boards under your own screen name. We met in DC just so you know who I am.

You've received lots of fabulous ideas here .... I think one of the hardest things about travel is choosing where to go. There are endless destinations that interest me.

Our family, with our 2 teen boys, is going to Greece in June. We have planned something similar to what travelerjan suggested.

In case it might help, we are doing the following:

We are arriving into Athens and going directly to the Peloponnese for 3 nights (2 nights Nafplio and 1 night Delphi), then back to Athens airport for a quick flight to Naxos for 4 nights. We will then ferry to Santorini for 3 nights before flying back to Athens for our last 2 nights.

The first couple of days will have a fair amount of driving around and sightseeing, but then we will have a week on 2 islands taken at a slower pace. Ending in Athens should be a great "conclusion" to our trip.

Sicily, Turkey and Croatia would also be neat (well, so would all the suggestions). DH and I just came back from 10 days in Slovenia and Croatia (the boys did not come with us)- beautiful and interesting! I have only been back a couple of days so have not gotten to a trip report yet, but I will.

Again, welcome to the boards!

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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 03:41 AM
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Sorry, I did not get a chance to edit. I am having a few computer problems. Anyway, if you decide on Greece and are interested, I will be happy to share more detailed info regarding hotels, guides, etc...
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 06:10 AM
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This is an interesting article from cnn.com by Rick Steves about his own recent trip to Greece with his wife. It has some great mainland ideas and at least one offbeat island idea. http://tinyurl.com/2zp28z
Enjoy planning your trip!
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 06:38 AM
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dear teenstravelin,

I was very impressed by your post

Greece sounds like a good plan and also Turkey. There are wonderful ruins in Ephesus you may want to look into.

I am the mother of 2 teenaged girls with different interests - one likes museums and tours, the other likes to veg out by the pool. I think Greece will give you all what you are looking for. Do you like water and sailing? You can spend a few days sailing around the greek isles and also time on the mainland... Friends of ours just did this and found it was not as expensive as they expected...

We just returned from a week on Santorini where we made the younger daughter happy with lots of sun and relaxing. The island has beautiful views and a pretty shopping area but the ruins there are not open to the public at present. Although I haven't been in 20 years, I personally preferred the charm of Mykonos (perhaps it is no longer charming?) I also liked Rhodes and Lindos very much.

Santorini is mostly about tourism so you don't get the sense of culture you might on other less touristy greek islands. That said, my girls absolutely loved it... As the mom I felt guilty we didn't "do" or "see" more... Well, I guess we needed the R&R as our family has had a crazy year.

I liked the itinerary TravelJan gave here... but if you are not going to Prague perhaps include Turkey??

Good luck and keep us posted on your plans!
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 07:47 AM
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I looked at the link cited by Laurie Ann and I think Rick Steves sells Athens short. I loved Athens. For a website with lots of information about Athens assembled by someone who really likes the city, see www.greektravel.com.
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Thanks everyone for all of your great advice! I did not know my post would get this much attention!!

I think we have narrowed it down to either Greece or Germany & Prague. The one question I have right now is this: How is the food in Greece? I am sort of skeptical of Greek food just because I don't really care for it in the U.S., which doesn't really mean anything since I hate Italian food here too! Our whole family does enjoy seafood and I know there would be a lot of that there, but I just do not want us to get tired of the food!

Thanks for all your help!
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Old Nov 4th, 2007, 03:11 PM
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Travelgirl & Noe847- My mom is actually JGG. I don't think she was the one who said that she would never leave right after school gets out. I actually think that was missypie, but I may be wrong.
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Old Nov 5th, 2007, 11:47 AM
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Dear Teen,

I was pleasantly surprised by the food in Greece. We went there 20 years ago for our honeymoon and loved everything but the food. This trip, we ate and ate and loved it all...

I personally am not over the moon about pasta and miss the whole Italian food rave thing... I know I'm in the minority there... but we all loved the food in Greece... esp. that fried feta cheese - yum!

One day we spent on a Cataraman and the skipper, a young man, cooked us a fantastic lunch with everything from grilled squid, prawns, steak, moussaka, tzatziki (pardon my spelling) - delicious and fresh...I was jealous of his wife.

Lots and lots of fresh seafood! You can pick your seafood out of a tank and have it prepared for you.

I remember my 17-year-old making me laugh when she asked, "Mom, what will the cuisine be like in Greece?" I don't know that "cuisine" became a part of my vocabulary until I was 40!! Anyway, both my girls loved the food. Of course, they loved the pasta in Italy too

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I would return to Greece just for the food. We ate seafood most of the time( 6 weeks), grilled fish, and calamari
along with a wonderful Greek salad.
We had lamb several times ;it was usually braised and very tasty.
We would watch the fishermen bring their fish right to the tavernas from their boats. At lunch we dined on delicious mezes of eggplant and fish roe. We never had a gyro, although we like them, as there were so many other choices to try.
I struggled with the food in Germany, and eastern Europe as I do not care for so much meat.
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