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Parents And Teens Vacations

By Ryan Gingrich

Vacations for teens are great opportunities to turn our kids into perfect holiday planners. From that year on, our ‘holidays with teenagers’ have actually been looked at as ‘holidays with folks’.

We told them the budget limits and told them to plan accordingly. The budget was supposed to include everything from food, stay to activities. We wanted to give a feel of independence to our grown-up kids and therefore stayed away from the planning part of the vacation.

Of course, in choosing a vacation specifically geared toward a certain age, especially vacations for teens, it’s important to first determine the type of vacation that your kids would be interested in. There are so many different options that the possibilities need to be narrowed down. Our first priority in creating teen vacation was what activities we wanted to participate in.

Each of our kids wanted different things out of the vacations. Our 13 year old son only wanted to exercise those fingers on the video games, while the 15 year old decided he wanted to give windsurfing a go. Since our 16 year old was a girl, she wanted to relax and work up her tan. As for me and my husband, we didn’t have any “wild” thing in mind. He wanted to go fishing and me; well I was willing to do anything that did not include cooking or cleaning.

We did give our teens a budget and mapped out some priorities including costs of tours, food and souvenirs, the time it would take to get to our destination and the safety factor. Despite the maturity that my teens were showing, I’m not about to allow them to run wild unsupervised. Surprisingly enough the kids decided to work together to research the vacation and three days later presented us with their choice for the family: A houseboat vacation. I was surprised about what a great idea they’d come up with.

They decided to put together the menus (with mom’s help) and, since it was a 5 day excursion, each of us would be in charge of one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner which was broken up over the course of the five days. Our teen vacation planners even planned the meals and helped with the shopping and preparations. They made lists for food, clothes and entertainment. They reminded my husband that he needed to get his fishing license and even suggested, (in the interest of keeping on budget) that I pick up some some books at the used bookstore (“…just in case they get all wet, mom…”).

Well I wish I could say that everything went perfectly smoothly. It didn’t. We had a flat tire on the way – which we turned into a game, timing how long it took to change the tire. We took a wrong turn and got lost. But those were just minor inconveniences.

Our teen vacation planners did a fantastic job and created memories that will last for the rest of our lives. I’d never have thought vacations for teens could be so much fun for their parents as well. And the best thing is that they’ve already started to plan for the next year.

Learn more about Teens On Holiday. Stop by Tristan Grimsley site where you can find out all about it and what it can do for you.

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