5 Tips for Traveling with Teens

Check out this video guide to traveling with teens, and follow along with our text guide, too!

Make Teen Travel Easy

Staying in a vacation rental during your trip allows everyone, including your teenager, space and privacy. Traveling with your teens doesn’t have to be disastrous (not like the knock-down drag-outs fights that ensue every time you take them shopping for clothes at the mall).

Adolescence is an exciting, passionate time, and chances are you will learn a lot from traveling with your teen.

Follow these simple tips for traveling with teens to ensure both you and your teenagers have a good time on your summer vacation.


include your teenager in making the vacation plans. No one likes being told what to do or how to spend their free time off – teenagers especially. Ask for their input when putting together the summer vacation itinerary. Maybe they have a particular destination in mind, a place they’ve learned about in school. Or maybe they would rather not visit Disneyworld for the fourth year in a row. Together you all can plan a vacation that appeals to everyone. Joint planning is likely to bring you both closer as you get to know more about your teenager’s interests, and they will appreciate being involved.

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Including your teen on vacation destination plans may be worth the compromise in the long run.

Inviting your teen’s friend along can do wonders for the tension level on the trip. The friend will be on his or her best behavior around you, and this may rub off on your teenager. It will also cut down on complaints of “I’m bored” and ease the burden of having to keep them entertained. Don’t feel like you have to foot the bill for the friend, either. Most parents are more than willing to pay their kids’ way, especially since this will afford them a short break. Bill them later for any extras that pop up – souvenirs or unexpected meals out.

Compromising Situations

Of all the tips for traveling with teens, this is the one your kids will appreciate the most. Remember it’s your teenager’s vacation, too, and vacations are a time to bend the rules a bit. Choose your battles. Let them eat dessert before dinner or skip out on the fifth museum on your list. Most teenagers love to sleep in and vacations are excellent opportunities for them to catch up on the Z’s. Don’t wake them up at the crack of dawn. Instead, enjoy a peaceful breakfast with your partner or get in a morning jog. Being flexible with your teen will cut down on petty arguments and ensure everyone has a good time.

Wiggle Room

Teenagers thrive on independence and vacations are a good time to allow them a bit of wiggle room. Let’s face it – they don’t have to spend every second of the day with you. (And you could use a break, as well). Plan for them to spend some time away from the family – whether it’s a walk on the beach or going to see a movie they’ve been waiting for. These little breaks will do wonders to ease the tension, while allowing them the sense of self sufficiency they crave.

Designated Driver

If you are driving to your destination, and your teenager has his or her license, allow them to drive. Teenagers love any chance to get behind the wheel and road trips on spacious, open highways are a great way for teens to get some supervised driving experience. Plus, it will give you a chance to enjoy yourself and to remember that you, too, are on vacation.

After perusing these tips for traveling with teens, you may be ready to book your family getaway; consider Downtown Disney area vacation rentals in Orlando.


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