Traveling with Teenagers
In some ways traveling with teenagers can be more difficult than traveling
with young children. While young children require constant supervision
teenagers are old enough to do some activities on their own but unfortunately
this is part of the problem with traveling with teenagers. There growing
independence makes them want to explore on their own instead of staying
with the family but this can be dangerous on a vacation when they may
not be familiar with the area or the local customs when you are traveling
abroad. There are some tips for helping to keep the peace during family
vacations that involve teenagers.
The first tip for traveling with teenagers is to offer them some limited
freedom. It is understandable that children of this age may not want
to spend the entire trip with the family and may want some time to explore
on their own. Allowing a teenager to explore on their own or even with
another teenager can be dangerous. If they are unfamiliar with the area,
they could easily become lost. One way to compromise in this situation
is to offer to allow them to explore on their own in a confined environment
where there is little chance of them getting lost. A museum is a good
example of such a location. Here you can explore part of the museum
together and then split up to allow your teenager some freedom. Since
a museum is only one building it is highly unlikely that your child
will become lost but even if they do, the museum staff will likely be
able to locate them pretty quickly. Set up a meeting time and location
and if your teenager does not return to this location at the agreed
upon time, the staff can help you to locate your child if they are having
difficulty finding their way back to the meeting location.
A beach can be very dangerous but still your teenager may want some
freedom. It is always recommended that those who opt to swim in the
ocean do so with a buddy. If you have more than one teenager, give them
strict instructions to stay together in the water so that they can look
out for each other. You should also set some ground rules for while
you are on the beach. First have your teenager check in with you ever
twenty minutes or so which will give you the opportunity to verify that
they are okay. Next tell them that they are only permitted to swim in
the area of the ocean that is under lifeguard supervision. Finally,
if the beach extends for several miles in either direction, instruct
them not to wander too far away from the rest of the family. Having
them keep you in sight is a good idea.
Allowing teenagers to explore unfamiliar cities after dark is just not
safe. They may want to do so but this is one aspect where there is no
room for compromise. If there are nightclubs geared for teenagers at
your vacation destination and your child wishes to participate, you
can let them under the conditions that you drive them to the nightclub
and that they call you when they are ready to go home so that you can
pick you up. Instruct them to wait inside until you arrive. Although
many cities are safe for teenagers it is better not to take chances.
Traveling with teenagers can be a trying experience. They want to enjoy
certain freedoms and may not always understand that being somewhere
unfamiliar requires some additional precautions. Making compromises
and setting ground rules are critical to having an enjoyable vacation
with your teenager.
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