4 Reasons Why You Should Travel with Your Teen

Do you still have time to fit in a quick trip before the start of school? Or how about a nice getaway over labor day weekend? There many good reasons to travel with your teenager.

Raising teens from time to time receives requests from guest bloggers to share information with our readers. We are happy to share this great article knowing that a lot of families are going on vacation this month. Traveling with teens is much different than traveling with young children. We hope this post gives you ideas and encouragement for traveling with teens.

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Raising teenagers these days means employing different strategies and approaches to guide them in life. And the same can be true when you start traveling with them, as the experience can be both rewarding and stressful.

Going on a road trip or taking a quick vacation with your teen could be a great way to bond and learn from each other. So, here are four reasons why you should travel with your teen:


Raising teenagers these days means employing different strategies and approaches to guide them in life. And the same can be true when you start traveling with them, as the experience can be both rewarding and stressful.

Going on a road trip or taking a quick vacation with your teen could be a great way to bond and learn from each other. So, here are four reasons why you should travel with your teen:

Becoming a Team



Communication is key in any relationship, and this is a particularly true when raising a teenager. 

Let your teen take the reins (well, some of the reins). Giving teens the opportunity to plan and execute your travel itinerary can open up doors for the both of you to learn from each other. This also teaches them how to let you in, so that you see how they process and communicate things they want. 

Furthermore, a backpacking trip gives you the opportunity to teach them how to use public transportation when traveling outside their comfort zone. Life Hack rightly points out that teaching teens their way around public transportation can save their lives someday. Let them figure out your itinerary, and only guide them when necessary as this will be a very important life lesson especially when they go on out of the country trips.

No Excuse to Stay Indoors


Traveling can teach a teen the wonders of nature and how to enjoy the beautiful outdoors – not just for Instagram photos but for actual genuine learning experiences.

Hiking and camping at a national park near you is a great way to do this. Camping is becoming very popular again, and it’s a great way to get closer to nature the moment you wake up until you crash at night. This gives you the chance to bond with your teen without having to compete for each other’s attention – away from the distraction of smartphones, social media and the internet in general.

Teach Them Empathy

Go on charity adventure tours and participate in rewarding activities. Affirmative action employer Molly Latham notes in a white paper that teens that volunteer and do charity work are 50% less likely to abuse alcohol and cigarettes or exhibit abusive behavior. Activities like marathons and Tough Mudder courses can provide you both with great bonding moments, as well as opportunities to expand your horizons.

Tough Mudder events involve a variety of obstacles which add a different dynamic to a classic charity run, making them much more interesting. Save the Children describes Tough Mudder events as “the craziest, muddiest challenge on the planet” and they have grown in popularity across the world in recent years. Many teams enter the events to raise money for charitable causes. Save the Children is a great example of an organization that uses these exciting events to raise awareness for a notable cause. The standard Mudder is usually 8-10 miles long with 25 different obstacles, while the shorter 5km Mudder involves approximately 13 obstacles. 

Apart from being a great and unique way to see and experience a foreign country, Mudder runs also present a great opportunity to teach your teen practical lessons in empathy while getting exercise and exploring new settings. .

Broaden Their Perspective


Traveling develops character – especially with highly impressionable teenagers. The cast of Teens Vs. Wild shares that teenagers become more responsible and learn to evaluate risks better when exposed to travel. Adaptable and flexible kids can react more effectively when faced with real life problems.

Going abroad and experiencing diverse cultures aids in nurturing curiosity and open mindedness in teenagers. Meeting other people from other walks of life can be life changing for a young mind. 

It’s true that traveling with a teen can be fun. Learning how to plan and transform travel into an opportunity for connecting and imparting values can make it highly rewarding for everyone involved. 

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  1. Financially Fit Mom August 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    My friend just let her teen plan a weekend getaway for the two of them and I was amazed at the trip she crafted! I wish I could go! It wasn’t even that extravagant and included ways to have meals in, take snacks, and (free) time spent in nature.

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