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The thought of taking hard to please teenagers on an unforgettable family adventure may seem rather daunting. Cox & Kings can help you arrange a busy, activity-filled itinerary that will hopefully prise them away from their smartphones and open their eyes to new cultures and experiences.
With the rise in travel inspiration on Instagram, your children probably have a good idea of potential family destinations already. They may well have shared iconic images from the platform with you. A family film night is also the perfect way to enthuse your children. Whether it’s Lawrence of Arabia, Che Guevara’s Motorcycle Diaries, or Out of Africa, these films show the extraordinary scenery, history and cultures of the countries they are set in.
Holiday organisation can be a difficult task when factoring in the needs of each of your family members. Some destinations are better suited than others, especially for multi-generational holidays. Peru, for example, has endless history and archaeology for the parents and grandparents to delve into, while the teenagers may prefer an afternoon rafting or zip-lining. The whole family could then learn to make chocolate together.
Planning ahead to ensure that you don’t have unwanted surprises, such as pre-booking car hire and the tours you want to go on, is crucial. This is where Cox & Kings’ regional experts come in. We can recommend excursions that best suit your needs, suggest local restaurants for you to try, as well as book everything for you in advance, so that you can relax and enjoy quality time with the family. Cox & Kings can organise an activity-filled itinerary with just the right amount of relaxation. We will support you through your journey, starting from your first enquiry, to being picked up at the airport and having local representation during your trip.
How do you decide how long to spend in each place? When travelling with teenagers, it’s best to avoid long journeys and one-night stays, as they will get tired and frustrated. With certain activities, it’s difficult to avoid early mornings, so getting an early night is recommended. Visiting remote areas is a great opportunity to give your children a mini digital detox. If you are having an action-packed trip, it’s a good idea to add on some beach time at the end for everyone to unwind and relax.
From zip-lining through the jungle to spotting the big five on safari and visiting indigenous local tribes, choose activities that will keep your children entertained, creating lasting memories for years to come. Authentic experiences are a great way for the whole family to integrate with locals and learn different cultures, whether it’s mastering cooking the local dish, visiting a local family, or even trying your hand at making crafts.
The best thing for long journeys is entertainment; whether it’s the top grossing TV series, an engaging book or playing games on a tablet. Combat jet lag by drinking plenty of water as well as carrot juice, which lessens the effects of tiredness with the beta-carotene. Avoid fizzy drinks, as the gas expands in your stomach at altitude and try not to eat food with high roughage before flying. The best thing to eat is fruit and salad.
When on holiday, always remember sun cream, mosquito repellent and a first-aid kit, so that you’re prepared for every eventuality. Then you can just relax and enjoy the family holiday of a lifetime!