Mary Turner

Mom of two teens who love to travel. We share our plans, adventures and insights on the Travel with Teens and Tweens blog

Study Abroad Meets Family Vacation – London Style

 Posted by on July 17, 2014  Comments Off
Jul 172014
 
Study Abroad Meets Family Vacation – London Style

Every year more than 250,000 US college students study abroad.   Thousands of them choose London due to access to world class universities, its modern urban vibe and easy access to popular historical and cultural tourist sites in the UK and across Europe.   Many families choose to plan a family vacation to meet up with their college student overseas. If your student will be studying in London next semester or in the Spring, now is the time to plan out your vacation strategy.  If there are younger siblings you will probably have to work around school vacation periods so booking airfare early is a must.  Hotel booking sites such as Travel Hotels England are a great way to discover a wide range of options including traditional hotels and bed and breakfast [...]

Snow, Sun, and Fun — Taking Teens to Lapland

 Posted by on June 29, 2014  Comments Off
Jun 292014
 
Snow, Sun, and Fun — Taking Teens to Lapland

Here is another great family travel idea from our partners around the world!  Traveling to Lapland with teens can be absolutely tremendous fun, especially when you make sure that your itinerary has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Teens are just always up for an adventure (once they’ve had their 13 hours of sleep, of course!) You can certainly find that if you head up north in the world on holidays in Lapland Although it’s situated within the Arctic Circle, it’s not continuously engulfed in snow (a cause of joy for some, a cause of dismay for others!). In fact, Lapland actually has four diverse seasons, just like most countries. From spring until fall your teens can enjoy activities such as hiking or biking, and, if the weather is [...]

Five Must-See London Musicals for the Whole Family

 Posted by on January 31, 2014  Comments Off
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Five Must-See London Musicals for the Whole Family

Our UK travel partners are always coming up with great ideas for fun family travel activities and a visit to London is always high on their list. There are many fun things to do and see when you are on holiday in London with the whole family: paying a visit to Buckingham Palace, taking a stroll along the river of the Thames, or doing some shopping on Oxford Street, but if you want your London holiday to be truly memorable, we recommend that you see a show in one of the theaters in the West End.  Book a room in one of many cheap hotels in London, and read below the list of the best must-see musicals of this season. Thriller Live Are you a fan of Michael Jackson? If your [...]

Travels Around Europe: Five Favorite Family Destinations

 Posted by on December 29, 2013  Comments Off
Dec 292013
 
Travels Around Europe: Five Favorite Family Destinations

Our travel partners continue to send us great ideas for family vacation destinations that appeal to families with teens and tweens, as well as younger kids. Katie from delightso.me recently sent us some great recommendations for family friendly resorts and destinations around Europe.   Here are just a few of her favorite European family vacation destinations: A Road Trip through Spain Katie knows that long journeys with older children (particularly if the batteries on their game consoles and tablets have run out) can be a recipe for disaster unless you’ve got the right mix of activities planned. Her first recommendation is a road trip through Spain. Families can picnic in the Andalusian countryside before heading to the enclosed resort known as La Manga Club in Murcia. Older kids can explore by [...]

Travel with Teens and Tweens in 2014

 Posted by on December 22, 2013  Comments Off
Dec 222013
 
Travel with Teens and Tweens in 2014

The teens are becoming young adults and as they grow up Travel with Teens and Tweens will be taking on a new look in 2014.   Why?  Because, as the teens get older (in fact, #1 Son is now 20 years old and isn’t really a teen anymore) our family travel plans are evolving.  There are fewer “big ticket” family adventures and more travel to visit #1 Son at college, to see aging grandparents, to visit colleges, and to keep up with the Princess’s sports schedule.  We expect that 2014 will see more, shorter trips to many places that we have written about in the past or to destinations that really are not all that interesting for a family travel planning blog. While Travel with Teens and Tweens will stay live [...]

Give Thanks and Help Passports With Purpose Build Schools in Mali

 Posted by on November 27, 2013  Comments Off
Nov 272013
 
Give Thanks and Help Passports With Purpose Build Schools in Mali

Again this year, over 100 travel bloggers are banding together during the holiday season to raise money for a good cause.  Last the year, this group raised over $110,000 for Water.org!  This year, the goal is to  raise $115,000 for buildOn to construct three schools and fund three adult literacy programs in the Sikasso region of southern Mali, Africa.  The Passports With Purpose program selected buildOn for its 2 decades long track record of mobilizing rural communities in some of the poorest countries in the world to build 567 schools. The fun part for you travel blog readers is the way this fundraiser works. Simply visit the Prize Catalog page on the Passports with Purpose website to see all the great prizes that travel bloggers and their sponsors have donated for the fundraiser.  [...]

Ten Tips for Tournament Sports Team Travel Planning Success

 Posted by on November 24, 2013  Comments Off
Nov 242013
 
Ten Tips for Tournament Sports Team Travel Planning Success

Many teens play on club or select sports teams in addition to their high school squads.  In sports like ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, teens who aspire to play in college pretty much play their main sport year-round.   Many club and select teams lean hard on parent volunteers to help out with fund raising, supply snacks, and coordinating team travel. In our case, this season we volunteers to coordinate tournament travel for the Princess’s club ice hockey team.  So far, since September, we’ve been to upstate New York, Vermont and Toronto (twice!).  If you are wondering why things have been a little quiet on the blog – work, school and the need to play travel agent  for 20 teen hockey players probably explains it.  In theory, getting the team from point A to point [...]