As children grow older it can become more and more challenging to have a successful family holiday. However, with enough money, planning and insight into your children’s interests, luxury family holidays can create warm memories that will last a lifetime.
When you are deciding where you want to go and what to do, make sure to include your teens in the discussion. Don’t simply choose activities that teenagers are supposed to find enticing; ask your kids what they would like to do. If you’d rather surprise them, at least take their interests into account. One teen may love spending a week just lounging on the beach, while another would prefer spending that time at a theme park or at a ski resort.
One thing you should take into consideration is that many teens would rather spend time with their peers than their parents or siblings. This can be a painful realisation, especially for a close-knit family, but if this is the case for your teens, consider allowing each of them to bring a friend along. At the very least, let your teens go off by themselves with each other for periods of time. One danger in taking luxury family holidays is a perceived need to over-schedule. Be sure to leave some room for down time or unplanned activities.
Another way to keep teens happy on your luxury family holiday is to keep them fed. Growing teens usually have hearty appetites, so make sure you stock up on snacks for activities that last several hours. More than that, you should be willing to take in as many local restaurants as possible. These can provide a great bit of exotic flavour and be a built-in way for the family to spend time together. Teens rarely mind spending time with the family when they are getting a great meal out of the deal. You should also take into account your children’s particular tastes. If one loves Chinese food, try to find a unique Chinese restaurant to go to. If one hates Italian but you crave it, perhaps you could split up for dinner one night so nobody has to eat an undesirable meal.
The key to good luxury family holidays is doing something that every person going really wants to do. You may not all be on board with every activity, but each person should have at least one major outing that they are truly excited about. That way, you all can return home satisfied that you had an amazing holiday you will always remember.