10 Great things about travelling with teens

I travel with my kids every chance I get. And yes, I absolutely prefer to travel with them separately. I’m not shy about saying that. I don’t like the bickering and I don’t enjoy “vacations” when I feel like an on duty referee. Choosing to vacation with them individually allows me to let them take the reins, let them make choices and help them develop independence.

I infact LOVE travelling with my teen son. Here’s just a few reasons why:

  1. He packs & carries his own luggage.
  2. He takes care of all our electronics needs. He’s always got a power cord or charger handy.
  3. I can wander into a store, or washroom & leave him alone for a few minutes without fear that he’ll get lost or stolen.
  4. He’s got an appetite and will eat almost anywhere. (Ever travelled with a toddler who’s a fussy eater? It’s hell.)
  5. He has his own money and doesn’t ask for much. Pays for his own souvenirs & snacks.
  6. He’s at that stage in life where he’s connecting his education to real life. Observing & absorbing everything.
  7. We have intelligent, interesting conversations. A real bonus in a travel companion.
  8. He understands my need to write & Instagram things. I understand his need to Snapchat and source wifi.
  9. I believe the more places he sees as a teen, means the further he will go as an adult.
  10. It might just be the once-in-a-lifetime chance to create shared memories. Will we get the chance to travel when he’s 25 or 35? Probably not. So I’m sure going to enjoy this opportunity while I have it.

Author: Cathie

Travel enthusiast, writer, best selling author and former restaurant owner, Cathie is a creative force and loves a challenge. She specializes in off peak and bargain travel. Better stories start with travel!