If you have teenage kids, you will know that going on a holiday with them is quite a different experience than going with younger children. Teens are in a period of their lives where they want to feel more independent and explore more. So a simple beach holiday might not be enough for them. If you’d like to try something more adventurous than your usual beach holiday, then here are some suggestions for adventurous and unique holidays with teens:
To nurture their sense of adventure, a Safari break in South Africa might be the magic formula to a fantastic family holiday. Take a direct flight to Johannesburg and enjoy the excitement of seeking the Big Five in the Madikwe Game Reserve, which is just a 4 hours’ drive away. For an ‘active’ family safari experience, we recommend the Ant’s Nest exclusive Bush Home. You and your children can take part in bush walks and horse riding safari. With no dangerous game on this site, teens can still encounter giraffes, zebras and rhinos, to name a few. The best time to go for seeing lions, elephants, leopards and buffalos is the dry season, which starts in May and ends in September.
Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth. Exploring the ancient Incan citadel and learning about the history and heritage of the place are bound to capture their attention and keep them away from technology.For an even more unique experience of Peru, you can travel with Inca Rail, a wonderful journey in a classic train! Contact us for a perfect Peru escape.
If you want to keep teens busy while you bask in the sun, then Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is the answer you were looking for. With luxurious accommodation and spa, you can relax while your children have the time of their lives in the award-winning Aquaventure Waterpark. With plenty of exciting rides, an underwater shark safari, Atlantean Flyer Zip Line and private waterpark cabanas, you can’t go wrong with this fun and exciting holiday! The resort is also close to other water and theme parks such as Legoland, Wild Wadi, IMG World of Adventure, the largest indoor Snow Park, and Bio-Dome with Tropical Forest.
If your teens are quite active and love sports, perhaps consider a resort that will meet their needs and keep them busy. Porto Elounda in Crete has a variety of sports available, such as sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, tennis, golf and the renowned Arsenal Football Academy at your disposal. Other great resorts where kids and teens can get tennis and football training are: Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus, which has the brilliant Annabel Croft Tennis Academy; Sani Resort in Halkidiki, which boasts a Football Academy; or Princesa Yaiza in Lanzarote that prides itself with Kikoland, a kids and teens club offering many sports and activities.
If your teen is a surf enthusiast and has already tried or mastered the extreme sport in the UK, or whether they’re looking to try it for the first time, we have some great suggestions for destinations with surf centres. Lanzarote in the Canary Islands has many surf spots and surf schools for beginners as well advanced surfers. Algarve, Portugal is another hot destination for surf-spots, boasting perfect waves and excellent surf instructors. The top 3 beaches for surf in the Algarve are Praia de Faro, Praia de Amado and Praia do Farol. If you’re looking for a holiday outside Europe, then Mexico is another excellent destination for surfing.
New York’s liveliness is perfect for teenagers. With so many places to explore, it provides teens with that much-sought sense of discovery. From the Empire State Building Observatory to Madame Tussauds, the BEAST Speedboat Ride, 9/11 Memorial, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Times Square, there are so many exciting things for your family to discover in New York!
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