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Teens are often the most enthusiastic of travellers, but their interests and schedules often aren't in sync with younger siblings or with their parents.
So you might be happiest rising at the crack of dawn to explore the Cradle of Humankind. On the other hand, your teen would more than likely rather sleep until 11am, load up on a huge breakfast and then get out around noon.
These realities make travelling with teens tricky but not impossible. Plan well before you set foot aboard an airplane.
The hardest part may be finding a vacation time that works for everyone. Be sure to sit down with everyone before settling on a date. Your teen probably won't be in the best vacation mood if they're missing their best friend's Sweet 16 party.Check out these suggestions to theme your family break with:
Take a family cruise
Cruises are a big hit with parents, thanks to their pre-paid nature and the multitude of supervised activities offered for kids. Starlight cruise lines
cater to families with children, including teens, presenting them with a host of things to do. There's athletic activities, games and shows. The entertainers change the schedule everyday, so no boredom.
The biggest bonus, especially for anyone with always-hungry teenage boys, is all-hours, unlimited access to food. It's all included in your cruise price. For more on cruises, click here.All-inclusive hotels
A great option might be to book your accommodation in an area with a hive of activities. Not only are the room, meals and hotel's amenities paid for but there's lots of family-friendly things to do too.
Do some water sports like canoeing, kayaking and boat riding. For more information on family-focused hotels, click here.Adventure-packed vacations
One way to keep boredom at bay is to ensure your teens have a fun way to burn off all that excess energy.
Consider planning a vacation around activities they love. There's sand boarding or surfing, for example. Or try an adventure-travel vacation centered on an activity such as mountain climbing. You'll find it involves every family member.Theme vacations
Cater to your teen's interests and you'll learn more too. Themes might include horseback riding, photography, paint ball shooting or other hobbies and interests. Just use your imagination and create your own themed vacation.Amusement parks
It's sort of a rite of passage to go to Gold Reef City in Jozi or Ratanga Junction in Cape Town. Theme parks typically offer delights for kids young and old.Big-ticket trips
Your child's teenage years may be the perfect time to head to a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Take them to see the things in the world that they won't get to do once they start studying for that big career.Maybe a family island escape to Mauritius is in order.
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