How to Vacation with Moody Teens

Don't let a sulking adolescent ruin your family getaway. A little flexibility will go a long way toward wiping the frown off their face.

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You Will Need

  • Open mind
  • Teen-friendly accomodations
  • Teen guest
  • Internet and cell phone restrictions
  • Lowered expectations

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Give them a say

    Include them in the planning stages. Let them have a say in the destination, itinerary, and activities.

  2. Step 2

    Find teen-friendly accomodations

    Try to stay in hotels and resorts with teen-friendly features like wireless internet access, pools, gyms, and game rooms.

  3. Some resorts cater to children age 14 and older.

  4. Step 3

    Let them bring a friend

    Consider letting them bring along a friend. Two happy teenagers are easier to handle than a single unhappy one.

  5. Step 4

    Give them independence

    Give them some independence. Let them order room service some nights instead of accompanying you to a restaurant. If you don't want them wandering around alone, let them choose a few activities to enroll in. Provide them with a little vacation money to spend as they want.

  6. Step 5

    Limit their electronic use

    Restrict their cell phone and computer use to certain times of the day. Otherwise, you may as well leave them at home.

  7. Step 6

    Lower expectations

    Don't expect them to share your enthusiasm about walking tours, museum trips, and overall family togetherness. By lowering your expectations, you won't be as annoyed -- and you just might end up pleasantly surprised!

  8. A 2009 American teen-travel writing contest showed a nearly 50 percent increase in visiting Africa and the Middle East over the year before.

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