Two-thirds of leisure travelers plan to take vacations this summer, according to AAA Travel, with good reason. Summer is the traditional time for families to reconnect. Parents and grandparents strive to recreate favorite childhood memories and make new ones together with the youngest generation.
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A bright-eyed but relatively naive year-old, I was fresh out of high school, and a number of relatives who believed the trip was irresponsible launched a full-scale campaign to stop me their efforts were in vain. I would argue that encouraging travel is one of the most responsible things you can do for a girl in her teens. One of the biggest issues teenage girls face today is confidence and self esteem.
This post is written in partnership with Allianzmy preferred travel insurance provider. All opinions are my own. They say we only have eighteen summers with our kids.
Updated September 3, Curious and active, teens can be great travelers, especially when they're involved in the decision-making and given plenty of downtime for relaxing and bonding. But you may need some help getting started, depending on what you and your teen are interested in—outdoor adventures, lounging by the sea, gorging on local culture, or gorging on local cuisine. Here are some ideas for putting together a vacation that everyone in the family will cherish for years to come.
Family vacations are great, and romantic getaways are crucial to a healthy marriage. But sometimes you just have to get away with your girls. Between work obligations, parenting duties, and keeping your husband from turning into your roommate, it can be tough to put the effort into maintaining your friendships.
This year-round water park haven obviously made a big splash with parents, nudging out Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio and Gatlinburg, which finished in places The "Water Park Capital of the World" has a whole lot more to offer than just water parks. When not splashing around or relaxing by a pool, teens take a zipline tour, go fishing, hike in Devil's Lake or Mirror Lake State Park and - at the end of the day - tune in for some live entertainment, whether animal antics at Circus World or a double feature at the Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater.
Anyone who has ever traveled with a year-old in tow knows that a teen can make or break the vacation for the entire family. Or, as travel agent Lynda Maxwell says, "If the teens are happy, everybody is happy. And a great big, fat vice versa.
It can be hard to get adolescents excited about going away as a family. Getting the family vacation right with teenagers in tow can be a tricky balance. Each destination here has tons of teen-friendly things to do, whether the kids are into baseball stadiums, rock and roll emporiums, surfing beaches, or amusement parks packed with rollercoasters.