School is out, it’s time to pack up the family and go on vacation! Traveling together should be a fun and exciting adventure but, of course, it can be stressful, too.
Children of all ages get restless and teenagers can a particularly challenging group to please. But if you play your cards right, they can enjoy the vacation too.
That Phone Could Come in Handy
If your teen is anything like mine, you’re constantly trying to pull them away from their phone, back into the real world. Try to remember, vacation is about getting away, having fun and relaxing with family and part of their having fun is going to be screen time.
In fact, that phone can be your key to luring your teen or tween into your vacation. Here are a few of our favorite tricks for traveling in the twenty-first century.
Put Your Teen To Work On The Road
One of the best ways to help your teen or tween engage with and enjoy your family vacation is to involve them in the planning process. Give them some say and make the vacation theirs, too.
Go on a treasure hunt
Ok, “treasure hunt” is an extreme phrase. What we're really getting at is geocaching. It's an excellent way to bring the family together. Almost everywhere you go in the United States, you’ll discover geocaches to track down.
Just install a geocache app on your son or daughter’s phone, locate a nearby cache and start tracking. You'll have a lot of fun, get off the beaten trail and even get a little exercise. There will be plenty of geocache locations back home, too, so don’t be surprised if your teen wants make it a regular family activity!
Typically the hardest part of taking a teen on vacation is getting them out the door. They want to spend their time off from school hanging out with friends, not their “lame” family.
If you have room, you could invite them to bring a friend or two along—after all, the more the merrier! But you don’t necessarily have to go that far. If your teen is on social media, embrace it.
Take photos of them to send their friends; pose with them and encourage them to share it. They may miss hanging out with their friends initially, but they’ll enjoy sharing their adventure. Especially if you’re involving them in the planning process, so it feels like their adventure.
Give Them less to complain about
Traveling with an RV means you can bring all the comforts of home with you no matter where you’re going. The air conditioning will keep you cool and a well stocked fridge means you’ll never be more than a moment away from refreshment.
Looking to save money on your trip? Of course you are. Remember, you don’t have to eat out for every meal. Take advantage of the close quarters teach your son or daughter a little bit about cooking. Who knows, you might find out they have a knack for it.
We sell RVs for a reason–we love to travel in comfort with the conveniences of home. And owning an RV costs a lot less than you think, especially if you shop for a used RV. You (and your teen) will be glad you’re not in a tent!