Trying to think of a vacation destination that the whole family can enjoy can not only be time consuming, but incredibly frustrating, especially when you have a teenager. It won’t be too many years before your teens are no longer wanting to go on vacation with you, so now is the time to plan ahead and take advantage of the time that you have left together – but where can you go, and what can you do? It’s your holiday too, and you need this vacation to recharge and step away from daily routines. Here are 3 ideas to help you choose your vacation destination that your teen will love.
You may think that this is not really a vacation, but your ideal vacation may be right at home. As long as you are clear about how you are going to make it feel like a vacation too, this could be your answer to having the best time ever. You will not be spending any of your time away from work in transit to a holiday destination. As soon as you get in from work, your holiday has begun. The money that you save from not going away can be spent on making it your holiday too. Hire a cleaner to come and deep clean the house, book tickets to a concert and have a pamper day at a spa. You will all enjoy spending time at home but doing activities that you ordinarily don’t do.
If you are lucky enough to live in a place like apartments in Pensacola, Florida that provide you with a variety of sporting options, make use of them! From your local volley ball court, to swimming pools, to hiking trails – by having a staycation you will have the opportunity to take full advantage of your local area. By staying at home for your vacation there is no packing, travel costs, and your teen will be able to see their friends too.
Your first idea for a vacation may involve beaches, beaches and more beaches. While your idea of heaven may be sitting on the beach and reading a library worth of books, there is a high chance that this would be your teen’s idea of a living hell. However, how about a vacation to a city that has fabulous beaches too? Once you have your vacation budget you will be able to choose a city that will let you get your beach fix but also give your teen plenty to do otherwise. Check out Sydney, Barcelona, or New York. You will be able to combine your love of the beach with the outstanding culture of these international cities.
The Great Outdoors
The polar opposite holiday to a city vacation, but having your teen experience time in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to get those devices out of their hands, and to reconnect with nature and with yourself. After initial eye rolls and protestation about your choice of destination, your teen will be forced to just get on with it. There is nothing quite as bonding as spending time fishing or hiking. This is an opportunity for you all to be distraction free, and the quietness of your surroundings will allow contemplation and eventually communication.
Author bio: Delicia Warren is a freelance writer, passionate about the environment, organic farming and food production. An advocate for a holistic approach to the world’s problems, she has a particular interest in the small changes individuals can make to their lifestyle to minimize their environmental footprint.