When your children get older, they start to have more opinions on where they go and who they go with. In other words, they are more interested in hanging out with their friends than they are with spending time with their parents. For the most part, your kids will grow out of this phase. Just because they are going through this phase, however, doesn’t mean that you cannot go out together as a family, just that you should try out these adventure trips instead:
Camping is beneficial for many reasons. One reason being that there is little to no signal out in the wilderness. This doesn’t mean your teens will be stuck without their phones or without media, however, just that they cannot connect to the Internet for a short while. This means that instead of texting their friends, you can bond together as a family. The adventure part of this camping expedition, however, depends on where you go. By choosing a stunning landscape, you can wow your kids with the stunning beauty the world can hold. You have all of Europe just outside of your backdoor, and mountains, plains, and cliffs to explore. Make the destination worth it, and there won’t be any cause to complain. If you really want an adventure, of course, consider taking a trip across the pond.
Europe is a close friend and familiar face to all travellers, which is why if you really want to step it up a notch, consider travelling not to a nearby country but to one across the ocean instead. The United States of America is a diverse country with world-class cities and some of the most stunning landscapes. It doesn’t matter if you go through the urban streets and have fun at a Syracuse Escape Room or if you go through and see the Grand Canyon. So long as you enjoy your time together as a family, that’s what truly matters.
There are many variations of the road trip that you can do. You can get an interrail pass and backpack around another country or all of Europe together. Or you can pack up the car and enjoy the freedom of the open road. Road trips are great because they pack in a lot of new experiences and spontaneity. This can be done with as tight a budget as you need it to be – at the very least you can teach your kids how to safely and easily navigate Europe when they inevitably want to do the same with their friends on a gap year or over summer.
Compete with Them
Bowling is making a huge comeback, as are things like glow-in-the-dark golf. Essentially, take your family out and compete with each other in a fun way. Divide yourself up into teams or let it be every man for himself. If you really want to have a thrilling day, however, consider paintball excursions or other more extreme sports for special occasions.
Adventures are the best way to bond together as a family, and they are so exciting that it won’t matter what phase your teenager is in. Have an adventure together, and everyone will be thrilled.