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Traveling and making traveling plans when teens are involved can sometimes be more stressful than usual for parents. Teens want to be able to do their own thing, and being on a family vacation can sometimes infringe on this level of independence. It’s important for parents to remember this when they are planning on vacationing with teens and to take it into account during the vacationing process.
Parents can first address this problem by getting the teens involved in the initial planning of the vacation. Teens want to be independent and make their own decisions, so allowing them to have a say in the vacationing location, hotel, or day plans can give the teen a voice in the family and in the vacation planning process.
The ideal locations for vacationing with teens are often on large resorts and places that have room for teens to be more independent during the vacation. Allowing teens to have the freedom and space can make the holiday a lot more enjoyable and allow parent to know that their teens with be within the resort while they are on their own. If there are plenty of activities available to teens – and those activities are interesting and enjoyable for the teens – then they will have no reason to leave the area and parents will be able to know where their teens are even when they are not with them. This level of freedom is a good thing for parents also, because they get relaxing free time of their own also!