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Traveling with Teens

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Planning a vacation with your teens can be daunting. You not only want to make sure that everyone has a great time and gets along well, but you also want to be sure your teen is safe without feeling smothered.
 
The first step is to include your teen in the planning process. Let them have a say in the destination. To be on the safe side, you might narrow it down to a few choices that you’re comfortable with and then let them decide. You can also involve them in choosing the activities. While you and your teen may disagree on many things, travel is something where many people can agree because so many activities are fun regardless of age. You’ll want allow free time for relaxation in the schedule as well—too much active time together could cause tension.
 
Try to book a condo, house or hotel with multiple rooms so that you aren’t constantly sharing the same space. It’s also likely that you all will be going to bed and waking up at different times. Let your older teen go out on the town or stay up watching a movie, but be sure to give a curfew. Also acknowledge that your teen will want to sleep in and take advantage of that morning time for yourself.
 
Help your teen learn how to stick to a budget by giving them one on the trip. It will give them some autonomy while they’re out on their own while also giving them a real-life opportunity to manage their money.
 
Although you don’t want your teen texting and checking social media the entire trip, you don’t want to force them to give it up completely. Set a time in the morning and at night when everyone can check e-mail, social media, etc.
 
Hopefully your trip will be a great time for family bonding and getting to know one another!

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