Guide to family vacations with teenagers

If you are assuming that teenagers don’t want to vacation with the adults in their lives anymore, you may be missing out on some incredible opportunities. Family vacations with teenagers tend to be fairly active with an aim of escaping studies, screens and school stress by sea kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking or even on safari. And given that those days of unfit 40- or 50-something, couch potato parents are over, vacations are now catering for families who want to keep jumping into life, in new and exciting places, together.
I had always wanted to go to India in my twenties but a baby came along and life took on a different journey. Now my babies are teenagers, we decided to all live the dream together
At Responsible Travel we are very proud of the vacation suppliers we represent who understand the difference between toddler and teen family vacations. Who get that food must be plenty, early starts are torture, too much time with parents is uncool and hanging out with other teenagers in a group can transform a vacation from frolics and fun to ‘friends for life’ experiences.
See our families with teenagers vacation guide for more details.

Are our family vacations with teenagers for you?

Go on a families with teenagers vacation if...

... you want to experience new adventures together and not just watch your kids do all this cool stuff on school trips. ... you want to discover a new part of the world with a bit of culture thrown in, but don’t have time to coordinate everyone’s interests and needs. That’s what tailor made vacations are for. ... you are a non nuclear family or don’t fit the usual ‘family’ pic. Single, gay, straight, grandparent, foster carer – nobody minds. Family is family. Fun is fun. ... you like the idea of traveling in a group with other teenagers.

Don't go on a families with teenagers vacation if...

… being active is totally alien to your family. These vacations tend to be go, go go, albeit with rest days and lie in.
… you don’t want to be sociable. Although we do have some tailor made vacations for families with teenagers to suit your family needs, many of our vacations are small group tours.
… you have had a difficult family time and want to pass on the reins of responsibility to a tour guide or leader for a while. Yes these are vacations and of course they can be healing but they aren’t family therapy.
… you (or your teens) want Twitter on tap or nonstop Snapchat. Not going to happen. These vacations are for bumping up your real memories. Not your phone’s ones.

Our top trip

Croatia activity vacation for families with teenagers

Croatia activity vacation for families with teenagers

Rafting, kayaks, canyons & beaches. Family action in Croatia

From £995 8 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2024: 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug
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Best time to go on a family vacation with teens

When looking for a family vacation with teenagers, vacation companies know that we have to stick to school vacation and offer some exciting options to seek out. Croatia and Turkey are great from May through to October, including half terms, and going inland in summer means you avoid extreme heat. India is great during February or October half terms, and Vietnam is perfect in May and the summer vacations, for a long quality time together time. For a detailed school vacation breakdown, see our general family vacations guide.
Written by Catherine Mack
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