Our every growing network of family travel bloggers have been busy this summer. We have enjoyed reading about their recent exploits and revisiting a couple older posts as well. Hope you enjoy these as much as we did:
Overseas Adventures with Teens and Tweens
Jennifer Miner of The Vacation Gals reports this is the first year officially has both a teen and a tween travel partners. Her article, Berlin Bike Tour: Private Guided Bicycle Tour in East Berlin describes her family’s four hour, seven mile trip highlighting the Berlin Wall. Jen noted that, as a mother, she was concerned that Berlin on Bike’s tour of the Berlin Wall might be too depressing for her kids…but she needn’t have worried. Her guide described the physical shortages suffered by East Berlin residents efforts to save them. He also talked about the psychological impact in a way that allowed the to see how things have changed today.
Jennifer Miller of Edventure Project shared her perspective on a tween turning 12 on the road in her article: Mental Wanderings of the Streets of Hanoi or: Elisha’s Communist Birthday. She describes the day as one long lesson in Vietnamese history and their version of Communism.
Talon Windwalker from 1 Kid 1 Dad shared a series of articles about visiting Mexico’s Yucatan with his tween. Their article about visitng Valladolid: A Must-See in the Yucatan, provides a great introduction to an area that many tourists overlook.
Brett Love of Green Global Travel wrote about about teaching his almost tween age daughter about the importance of nature/wildlife conservation in Costa Rica in his article Destinations: Costa Rica series. We particularly enjoyed the photo of the tree frog in Tortuguero, on Costa Rica‘s extremely remote Caribbean coast. Although this dates back to 2010 its still got lots of great travel ideas and insight.
Travels Around America
Traci Suppa of Go Big or Go Home took her kids to the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which she discovered is much better suited for tweens and teens than younger children. Especially if they play an instrument or have aspirations of fame! Her older son had his Beatles epiphany moment and enjoyed the visit much more than his younger sibling.
Steve Pratt from More Kids than Suitcases took his tween daughters to the No Name Pub in the Florida Keys and reports the money covering the walls and ceiling made quite the impression on them in his post No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.
Julia Henning shared her view of Traveling with Tweens and Early Teens via a guest post on Roadtrips for Families. This article dates from 2011 but it is so true we had to include it here. Over a two-week period in December, two adults and one teen drove 4,500 miles (from Austin, Texas to Portland, Oregon). You’ll have to read the article to see how they survived.
Where Have You Been? Call For Links for Next Travel with Teens and Tweens Round-Up
We make an effort to pull together a teen and tween oriented family blog carnival every 8-10 weeks. The next one will focus on Summer and Fall Family Travel and as always we are looking for articles that tell a family’s story, rather than just listing things to do. We expect to publish it in late September If you have a link to share please email it to – maryt <at> travel-with-teens <dot> com. We can’t wait to hear what you and your teens and tweens have been up to.