As you prepare to go on a road trip in a camper van hire with your family, you may come to the realization that the children who used to be so little and easy to please are now growing up and are becoming tweens and teenagers. Travelling takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to road-tripping with teenagers.
Following are the pros and cons of traveling with your teenagers:
- Your kids will remember trips now much better than they will the ones from their childhood. Part of the point of traveling with your kids is to make memories that they can remember fondly in their future. Now that they are older, any trip that you will take will be remembered, so make sure it’s worth it.
- You can do more grown-up activities on your road trip. Going to an amusement park can be much more exciting as everyone can go on rides together or visiting a museum that may have been frightening for your kids when they were little is now interesting.
- You can potentially leave them alone in the camper van for short intervals. If you are traveling in a camper van, you don’t have to worry about leaving your teenage kids alone to run to the store or if you want to go for a quick dinner with your sweetheart.
- You can visit places that are interesting for everyone. Before leaving on your trip, you can plan with your teenage children to ensure that you are doing things and visiting places that everyone will enjoy.
- You may actually need more patience than what is required for traveling with little ones. While you may have thought that traveling with little ones was trying on your patience, traveling with teenagers can be even that more challenging. Because they are going through adolescence, they may be going through mood swings or get grumpy over simple things or not enjoy as many things as they used to. It takes patience as a parent to not take it personally and try to work around their behavior to still have a successful road trip.
- Teenagers tend to “get bored” more easily than little ones. Your little ones were easy to distract in the car. Whether you put on their favorite music or played videos for them, it was easier to entertain them. Teenagers are not so easy. Make sure that they bring plenty of books, music, and entertainment for the long hours on the road.
- They have their own set of interests at this age and they may differ from yours. What you may think is the coolest idea in the world, they may scoff at and flatly refuse to do. As a parent, you will have to work around this and plan the trip with them so that everyone is happy with the road trip.
It may be a challenge in some ways, but traveling with your family-no matter how old your kids are-will be something that you won’t regret doing.