by...Guest Blogger Joy
If you have a teen in your family, you know how difficult it can be to engage them during the family vacation. If the vacation doesn’t include something to do with an electronic device, many teens just don’t see the point. That said teenagers are enthusiastic travelers. We just have to encourage that enthusiasm!
A friend of mine recently went on a Western Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her new blended family of 5 teens ages 13 to 19. In order to keep the teens from mutiny with no reception for phones or tablets ,she and her new spouse allowed them to “quickly check your email.” Note that my friend didn’t check to see if smartphones would be active before the trip and she didn't know about the Wi-Fi fees. She was dismayed that everything with the teens was a tug of war, even a meal, on the whole cruise, especially since drinking bottled water, soda and specialty coffees were not free. It seemed that nothing the cruise line provided was good enough for the teens. When they went to settle their bill she and her hubby almost passed out.
An “it’s okay to check your email, oh go ahead and have a soda” cost them several thousand dollars as the teens, all 5, had checked their emails and social media several times and drank an inordinate amount of caffeinated liquids. At that moment she regretted the trip! And … nevertheless they are grounded through college! She hadn’t used a travel agent who would have consulted with she and her family and found the ship with the most epic teen program.
Here's our TOP 12 Ways to Vacation with a Teen
Before you leave:
You are on vacation and here are our tips:
A little planning, a little flexibility, a lot of encouragement and a heavy dose of communication at the beginning of your preparation for vacation should help the whole family vacation not only progress smoothly, but successfully.