Coming to you from Designer Journeys HQ in Melbourne, work experience students, April and Grace, are here to provide valuable insight into the unknown world of teenagers.
Are you looking for a way to get your teens off their phones and out of the house? Having trouble finding destinations and activities that even your teens would enjoy? Well, here’s a sneak peek into what teenagers are truly wishing for on their next family holiday brought to you from the perspective of two teens!
Catching a tuk-tuk in Thailand
Thailand is an excellent destination for families with teens as you can explore the culture through their delicious food and friendly locals, you may even be able to catch a ride in a tuk-tuk! As well as this, Thailand has incredible beaches and sun-soaked activities that allow your teenagers to thrill seek on both land and water. From visiting an elephant sanctuary to exploring temples and snorkelling in protected marine areas, Thailand offers a wealth of fun activities.
If exploring Phuket, you and your teens are able to visit the gem of James Bond Island to learn about the power of nature and marvel at the sheer limestone cliffs that reflect onto the emerald green water. If exploring Chiang Mai, your family can gain an appreciation for nature while trekking the Golden Triangle.
Did we mention how many shopping opportunities there are? From the little side streets of the Thai islands to the large malls of Bangkok, there are many places for your teens to shop for souvenirs, trinkets and clothes, all whilst learning how to barter with the friendly locals for the best bargain!
This popular Designer Journeys Trip ticks all the boxes: 11-Day Bangkok & Iconic Beaches
Stuffing our Bellies in Greece
Greece is an ideal destination for a family holiday. The delicious food and beautiful Greek culture provide unique local experiences and endless restaurants to try so your teens will never go hungry.
The fantastic beaches and islands such as Santorini provide teenagers with a reason to immerse themselves in new experiences leaving them with long-lasting memories. Not only is Greece a fantastic country for the adults, but your teenagers will also love playing on the beach, going out on boat trips and much more!
Customise your own Designer Journeys trip with inspiration from this: 8-Day Athens and Santorini Experience
Fun-Filled Water Activities in Mexico
From Mexico’s diverse cuisine to their love for music, the adventurous water activities and stunning beaches and canyons that are some of the best in the world, your family won’t have one moment of boredom.
From intense, jaw-dropping, adrenaline rushing activities for the teenagers to taking a nap on the golden-sanded beaches, there’s something for absolutely every member of the family in Mexico. If you’re planning to visit in Autumn, your teens may even get a chance to see the incredible Monarch Butterfly migration.
See the butterflies for yourself on this unique Designer Journeys trip: 7-Day Monarch Butterflies in Central Mexico
Unique Experiences in Italy
Besides the teenager-friendly cuisine of pizza, pasta and gelato, your family will love travelling in style on a water taxi through Venice’s unique water canals or the novelty of visiting the world’s smallest country, the Vatican!
As well as experiencing Italy’s breathtaking ‘floating city’, there are also lots of historical landmarks to visit in Rome and Naples as well as exploring the beautiful mountains, lakes and beaches. Your teens will never want to leave!
Head to Italy on this Designer Journeys trip: 8-Day Venice & Rome
Spotting the Big 5 in South Africa
South Africa’s gorgeous sunshine, incredible landscapes and diverse wildlife allow for many glorious activities such as safaris, spotting the animals and scenic hikes.
South Africa is an excellent destination for teens and will leave them with many great memories of their once-in-a-lifetime trip with their beloved families. After all, as teens, we would say that no experience would beat seeing a lioness and her cubs or a herd of elephants roaming in their natural habitat.
Make your safari dreams a reality with this Designer Journeys trip: 7-Day Gold Majestic Victoria Falls and the Cosmopolitan Cape
Getting Active in France
Home to beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes, France is the perfect destination for an active family holiday. The beautiful scenery is breathtaking; especially places such as Montpezat Lake and Verdon Gorge where you can go biking and explore together as a family.
Are you sick of fussy eaters? Then France is the right place for your teenager due to its delicious variety of food and sweets, such as macarons and chocolate croissants which are not only delicious for them, but for you too.
Taste these mouthwatering macarons on this Designer Journeys trip: 8-Day Southern France Family Adventure
Island Hopping in Croatia
While you explore one of Europe’s sunniest destinations through its captivating scenery and natural landscapes, your teens are able to live new cultural experiences and see the traditions of the locals whilst learning about some historical landmarks on Croatia’s many islands.
They’ll have no time to be attending the dreaded kid/teen clubs or complaining to you about having no wifi as there’s too much for them to see and do!
Your chance to island-hop is only a click away: 12-Day Croatia with a Touch of Montenegro
Mountain Adventures in Canada
Canada has beautiful scenery; the mountains and lakes, especially the Rockies and Lake Louise, are simply breathtaking. There is lots of interesting wildlife such as deer, elk and bears which are always an exciting sight for the kids.
In Canada, there is no need for them to visit old buildings and museums, which eventually causes you headaches due to their complaining. Instead, you can spend all your time in the great outdoors, cruising on the lakes, exploring the mountains and trying quirky food combos such as the famous maple syrup and bacon.
If Canada is on your bucket list, check out this: 9-Day Canadian Rockies Tour
Camping in the Desert in Egypt
Imagine beginning your holiday with 4×4 jeep off-road drive across the desert to a traditional Bedouin camp where you’ll sleep under the stars; Egypt is the perfect adventure destination for teens.
Egypt is home to beautiful coastlines that provide a wealth of snorkelling and swimming spots to cool down after spending your days in the warm sun. What teen wouldn’t enjoy a holiday full of fun new experiences and days spent lying by the ocean?
There is more to Egypt than just desert on this Designer Journeys trip: 6-Day Desert and Diving Safari
Spotting Monkeys in Indonesia
Indonesia’s beautiful tropical weather and endless beaches allow for a relaxing time for not only your teenagers but for you too! They can learn about the locals’ unique way of living, their spiritual beliefs and explore the wonders of the Indonesian temples.
There are endless amounts of water and land activities such as Water Bom Bali, jet skiing, diving, snorkelling the coral reefs, zip-lining through the jungle and many more, which will get your teens off of their phones while creating lots of memories that will last a lifetime.
Monkeys, beaches and culture are all included on this Designer Journeys trip: 14-Day Bali Hills and Beach Tradition
Written by April Turudia and Grace Beard