1. Strengthens the family bond:
Teenagers begin asserting their independence as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood, wanting to spend more time with their friends than with their family. Travel enables the family to share experiences together. Simple activities such as sharing meals, sightseeing together, sitting around the pool and beach are important for reconnecting with your teenagers.
2. Opens their eyes to the world:
Teenagers are at an impressionable age and the more you can expose them to different cultures, food and people, the more open minded and tolerant they will be as adults.
3. Teaches them life skills:
Travelling will teach teenagers how to navigate their way around cities, barter for goods, avoid touts, stay healthy, follow a budget etc. which will hold them in good stead when they do their own travelling as adults.
4. Builds their confidence, self-esteem and social skills by taking them out of their comfort zone:
Interacting with locals and fellow travellers in hotels, restaurants, shops, beach, partaking thrill-seeking activities, eating foreign foods, dealing with creepy crawlies, getting lost and facing their fears will take them out of their comfort zone and help make them more resilient.
5. Puts their own problems and life in perspective:
Visiting a developing country will enable your teenagers to see people experiencing poverty, disease, homelessness and very few basics. This enables them to realise how small their own problems are and how lucky they are to be growing up with a home, food, clean water, education and a family who loves them.
6. Shows them that money doesn’t buy happiness:
Despite being witnessing poverty and hardships in developing countries, they can also see that people are happy without a lot of money. It can be a real eye-opener for teenagers to see people with so little incredibly happy, generous and giving.
7. Teaches them there is a whole world out there:
Teenagers are very self-centered and travel enables them to see that there is more to life beyond their own little world.
8. Enables parents to create travel memories:
It is important to take the time to travel with your children before they grow up. With teenagers, you only have a few more years to treasure your time together before they go off on their own. Don’t wait, travel now.