Are you having difficulty trying to think of a holiday destination to take your teenagers? Wondering how on earth you are going to tear them away from technology and encourage them to hang out with their parents for a week or two? Look no further, as we have come up with a list of the best holidays for teenagers which we believe are guaranteed to turn your youths into the perfect travelling companions!
TEENAGE HOLIDAY IN THE USA - NEW YORK CITY
New York is certainly a contender for the coolest city in the world and the island of Manhattan has something for every taste and culture. Why not spend a morning strolling around a flea market in Brooklyn, where you can find an extensive range of cool vintage clothing and handmade antique items, you're sure to bag a bargain! Follow this with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has a collection of over two million works of art, or perhaps a helicopter tour of the city is more to your taste, where you can get up close and personal with Manhattans' breath taking skyline. As evening falls, entertain your teens by taking them to catch a Yankees or Knicks game at one of the famous stadiums or catch a show on Broadway, an experience they surely won't forget!
TEENAGE HOLIDAY IN EUROPE - STOCKHOLM
For an action packed, teen friendly city break, we recommend Sweden's capital, Stockholm. Central Stockholm alone is built on about fifteen islands, therefore, one fun activity to do on a sunny afternoon is to rent a kayak and paddle around these islands, taking in the stunning views of Stockholm from the water. Alternatively, another great way to see the city is from the sky, so why not take the family on a thrilling roof top sightseeing tour, where you can walk along some of Stockholm's most famous buildings, whilst experiencing 360 degree views of the city. For the history buffs, a trip to the Vasa Museum is a must. This maritime exhibition gives you the opportunity to explore the Vasa, the only almost fully intact 17th century warship that has ever been salvaged. Or perhaps your teens are seeking some adventure, in which case you can visit Stockholm's Amusement park, Gröna Lund, and enjoy a huge selection of exhilarating rides and rollercoaster's!
TEENAGE SAFARI HOLIDAY - BOTSWANA
We figured no teenager would ever pass on the opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitat, therefore a safari in South Africa should be a hit. We would recommend a trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, a blend of water and land over the Kalahari Desert, and a sought after area for spotting game. Here lies a mix of camps and lodges offering a wide variety of tours depending on your families' preference. Embark on an exciting elephant safari and experience a ride or walk alongside these extraordinary creatures, or perhaps you would rather take a horseback safari, where you can follow wildlife through the delta whilst also enjoying the unique landscape. Depending on the season, wildlife can also be explored via 4x4 vehicles or guided walks, whilst the narrow waterways of the delta are best discovered by traditional mokoro dugout canoes where you can witness fish eagles circling above to buffalo drinking at the water's edge. Each offers a spectacular safari experience, guaranteed to provide unforgettable memories for you and your family.
TEENAGE ADVENTURE HOLIDAY - NEW ZEALAND
If you're after adventure, we can think of no better place than New Zealand to take your teens, with vibrant culture, remarkable scenery and awe-inspiring adventures around every corner! Take a trip to the North Island, and visit the bay of islands, an area with masses of activities to suit your whole family. From snorkelling and diving, to fishing and sailing, and even swimming with dolphins, you're bound to find something of interest and have tons of fun! Also in the north, past Auckland, lies the 'Ninety Mile Beach'. Stretching from Ahipara to Scott Point, this boasts the perfect spot for sand duning and body boarding, a family fun experience in a never-ending paradise. A visit to the north of New Zealand isn't complete without a trip to Rotorua, home to true Maori culture, where you can discover all about New Zealand traditions, and even learn how to Haka. Alternatively you may prefer to visit south of the island, where Queenstown is a firm favourite for families. Take a helicopter trip to the icy glaciers, take a thrilling Nevis bungee jump or go luging down hills at the Skyline, a variety bound to provide the wow factor for you and your teens!