Persuading teens to take a road trip can be a hard sell. You have to overcome their fears of being cramped in a car, cut off from friends, and at the mercy of parental decisions. Two Orbitz moms have found some unique ways to give their teens independence while still promoting family togetherness.
From Donna Mulligan, full-time working mom to 3 hockey players:
Although I admit this is not very "green" conscious of us, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that taking two cars on the family vacation is a better option.
Taking a long car ride with 3 teen-age boys (ages 13, 16, 18) in the back –- none of whom wants the middle seat -– leaves everyone tense by the time we arrive, which isn’t a good start to a weeklong retreat.
With two cars, everyone arrives excited and happy. My boys have their own wheels to explore on their own, and my husband and I don’t feel guilty dining without them.
I would never have guessed these would be my words a mere five years ago, when the boys were 8, 11 and 13. But as the boys grow, it’s important we provide them with a bit of independence, while not compromising the family vacation altogether.
From Liz Robertson, full-time working mom to a 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter:
With all the distractions in a teen’s life, it becomes more of a challenge to get them excited about a family vacation. But you may be down to the last few summers you’ll have together before college and work obligations take precedence, so it’s worth pursuing!
Taking teens on the road can be a fun experience for all, if you have a different perspective then when you were planning trips for younger children. Here’s what I do:
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