Family vacations often aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. It can be hard to get everyone in the family on board with every activity, and it likely means spending a week away from your friends and life back home. Ultimately, your vacation experience will be what you make of it. Here are a few secrets to surviving family vacations that will ensure you at least have a little fun on your trip.
If you’re staying in a densely-populated hotel or visiting common tourist attractions, there will likely be some other teens around. Check out any teen groups at your hotel to make some friends your age. This way, you’ll have someone to hang out with when you want to escape your younger siblings.
Research Your Destination
As a teenager, you probably have drastically different interests than everyone else in your family. Don’t just go with the flow on your family vacation. After all, it’s your vacation, too. Research the area your family plans to visit, and find an activity you’d like to do. Your parents will most likely jump at the opportunity to add an attraction you’re excited about to the itinerary.
Bring Your Own Entertainment
There will be times when you aren’t as excited about the day’s plans. Bring your own entertainment, like a book or tablet, to get you through the more boring activities. Some headphones and a few downloaded movies can also come in handy for downtime in the hotel or preparing for the long drive ahead on a road trip vacation.
Making snap judgments can ruin your vacation experience. One of the best secrets to surviving a family vacation is to stay open-minded. You may end up enjoying the family bonding time more than you anticipated, or one of the activities your siblings picked might be your favorite part of the whole trip. Starting your family vacation with a negative attitude won’t set you up for a fun-filled trip.