Teenagers are at the perfect age to enjoy - or at the very least, tolerate - travelling with their family. They're old enough to remember it, mature enough to appreciate it (hopefully!) and can usually be afforded a little more freedom. This gives them the chance to explore on their own while you relax and get some much-needed rest on your trip abroad.
When thinking about travel destinations for your whole family to enjoy, you'll need to factor in recreation activities for all ages, along with family-friendly activities your teen won't be "too cool" for. While you may think a family sandcastle competition is just the ticket, this kind of thing may make them hang their head in shame, and nothing says 'spoiled holiday' like a sullen teen!
Teens can soak up the sunshine in Fiji while making friends with the affable locals, perhaps creating bonds to last a lifetime. Or consider a sojourn to Hawaii for sand and surf they'll be in awe of. Vanuatu also has your beach needs covered, along with delicious local cuisine to really sink your teeth into.
For those who can't get enough of the American dream, a USA holiday may be the perfect way to get a taste of the States, and there are more activities here than you'll know what to do with! Drop your kids off at the Hollywood Boulevard while you sneak off for a cocktail and some celeb-watching - you'll no doubt have plenty of stories to tell when you meet up again.
Laidback island destinations are perfect for those teenagers who don't seem to want to do anything other than sleep and sunbathe, and you can nudge them towards the water when you feel like some time out.
Plan your trip together with your teen, so that everybody gets a stress-free holiday that's memorable - for all the right reasons! This way, everyone gets a say on the destination, where you'll stay and what activities you'll do while you're there. Hopefully this will minimise any sass from your teens on the trip and help ensure everyone gets what they want - which is, of course, the travel experience of a lifetime.