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How to Keep Teens (and Parents) Happy While Traveling

August 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids. This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Today, HotelChatter editor Chanize Thorpe talks about traveling with some tough critics--teenagers.

The key to a successful vacation with teens boils down to one word--compromise. Gone are the days where you can demand little ones to do your bidding while on the road. No, these youngsters have grown up and have their own opinions and agendas. Ignore it and you may find yourself on a holiday fraught with tears--and they'll probably be your own.

Hoteliers are beginning to understand that the 12-17 market have needs too, as they are too old for traditional kids clubs, but too young for the bars or nightclubs at many resorts and hotels. So they are now getting more inventive with attractions and activities for this hard-to-please age group. I've been traveling with my 21, 17, and 14 year old daughters since they were the tiniest of tots and have seen the changes in the industry. My two youngest can still travel with me because I keep the following tips in my head and pick places like these that guarantee they have a good time:

· 1.Decide if you want to fight the electronics battle.
You have this dream of a tech-free holiday, where everyone plays car games and has sing-a-longs. Aw, that's sweet. But know this--most teens are going to balk at forced-family fun. They want it to happen organically. Besides, their cell phones will be your friend when it comes to organizing meet up times. And those iPods? A godsend during long drives, unless you want to hear their god-awful music? A resort that embraces 21st-century toys is Grand Velas Resort & Spa in Mexico's Riveria Maya region. Their Teen Lounge has Xboxes with Kinect and PS3s with special seats that have built in speakers for enhanced gaming, and individual cubicles with 40” LED TVs. Four 55” LED TVs project current sports programs and music videos, while Apple TV lets them connect their iPhone or iPads. In the evening, the dance floor lights up and has surround sound for karaoke nights, where there's 45,000 songs in multiple languages to choose from.

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Five Cities Begging for Your Attention: Beirut, Lebanon

Where: Beirut, Lebanon
December 10, 2010 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Call us champions of the underdog, but we’ve got an overall affinity for places that are often overlooked in the travel world. Some have had rough pasts or are a tad slow on the tourist track, but they just want a little love. Here’s the lowdown on five cities eager for the chance to win you over.

City 5 of 5: Beirut, Lebanon.

Why Go to Beirut: Let’s address the pink elephant in the room—there are those who associate the “B” in Beirut for “bomb” of the bursting-in-air variety. And there’s no point in denying the undercurrent of uncertainty along with the the Hezbollah presence in this Middle East city. Still, the country continues to actively court intrepid travelers (though not so much those who’ve previously visited Israel). That said, in order to appreciate Lebanon’s capital, adopt a we malo attitude (that's Arabic for "so what?"). Apparently that’s how locals keep on keeping on.

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Five Cities Begging for Your Attention: Treviso, Italy

December 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Call us champions of the underdog, but we’ve got an overall affinity for places that are often overlooked in the travel world. Some have had rough pasts or are a tad slow on the tourist track, but they just want a little love. Here’s the lowdown on five cities eager for the chance to win you over.

City 4 of 5: Treviso, Italy.

Why Go to Treviso: Venice is crowded and crazypants expensive and this small medieval city, 30 minutes north, is a mini version of its touristy cousin. You’ll find canals, stroll-worthy bridges along the River Sile, and beautiful 14th-century frescoes at your fingertips, Truth be told, it’s just an easier time than fighting Venezia’s hustle and hassle, making it all the more attraction.

This is also the Benetton’s birthplace so there’s shopping to be done, and the Latin Quarter, next to the local university, is the hotspot du jour. Ryanair can get you there cheaply from many points in Europe.

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Five Cities Begging for Your Attention: Vienna, Austria

December 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Call us champions of the underdog, but we’ve got an overall affinity for places that are often overlooked in the travel world. Some have had rough pasts or are a tad slow on the tourist track, but they just want a little love. Here’s the lowdown on five cities eager for the chance to win you over.

City 3 of 5: Vienna, Austria.

Why Go to Vienna: There’s lots to do in Austria’s musically-inclined capital even if Mozart, Strauss, and Mahler aren’t your thing. The Old World vibe of the Habsburg dynasty has dominated the imperial baroque city for quite some time, which equaled a snooze-fest for the non-culture vulture. But there’s been an injection of new-school cool of late.

The bar and nightclub scene along the Danube River and Seventh District is popping, vineyards are flourishing, and various markets from flea to food are attracting a younger, more curious visitor. Besides, any country that can find humor in the likes of “Bruno” or Arnold Schwarzenegger is worth getting to know better.

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Five Cities Begging for Your Attention: Glasgow, Scotland

December 7, 2010 at 2:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Call us champions of the underdog, but we’ve got an overall affinity for places that are often overlooked in the travel world. Some have had rough pasts or are a tad slow on the tourist track, but they just want a little love. Here’s the lowdown on five cities eager for the chance to win you over.

City 2 of 5: Glasgow, Scotland.

Why to go to Glasgow: It's got a gritty rep, sure, but Scotland’s biggest city is working hard to shed it. Glasgow's transforming former slums into it-spots and kick-ass dining has been introduced from the Gordon Ramsays and Jamie Olivers of the world. There’s also a banging music scene and top-notch shopping—vintage to high-fashion—on Sauchiehall Street that’s more affordable than sometimes-stuffy Edinburgh. Sure, you can’t tell what Glaswegians are saying half the time due to that thick accent. But who cares? Nod, say “Aye” and it’s all good.

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Five Cities Begging for Your Attention: Kiev, Ukraine

Where: Kiev, Ukraine
December 6, 2010 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Call us champions of the underdog, but we’ve got an overall affinity for places that are often overlooked in the travel world. Some have had rough pasts or are a tad slow on the tourist track, but they just want a little love. Here’s the lowdown on five cities eager for the chance to win you over.

City 1 of 5: Kiev, Ukraine.

Why Go to Kiev: While most people head to Moscow for slice of Soviet cake, Kiev (pronounced Keev locally), is the little Eastern European engine that could. And while there’s an air of pride stemming from their 1991 independence from Russia, most people still speak Russian and the art of smiling is a challenge at best. But, despite the Ukraine’s complexity—expect to be crazy confused and turned around if you don’t read Cyrillic—it’s still a fun city filled with museums, verdant gardens and more. There’s even a budding entertainment scene that intrepid travelers will dig, and the drinking and dumplings are plentiful and awesome.

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