Kids grow up so fast. One moment we see them playing with their plush toys, and the next one – they are graduating from high school. It happens so fast that we aren’t even aware of it, so when they tell us they want to travel the world without us, it can come as a surprise and shock, yet we feel proud. After all, it’s logical that they deserve some kind of a break and to be rewarded after finishing school and listening to all the lectures, passing all the exams and learning so much. So, if the time has come for your child to explore the world on their own, let’s see what are the best vacation options out there!
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is quite busy, bringing repeat visitors and awing them all with its beauty. It’s actually one of the most visited parks in the USA, and there are friendly and knowledgeable park rangers who provide advice on weather conditions and hiking trails, so your kid will love it. It can be quite adventurous for a teen!
Thailand is among the most favorite destinations because of its diversity. It’s one of the liveliest places where you can find a lot of entertainment for teens. There is world-class diving, hill tribe trekking, elephants, bustling night markets, as well as impressive temples! Add amazing food to all this, and we can say it’s a dream destination!
Volunteering in Cambodia
Traveling can also mean a memorable holiday where one can really make a difference in someone’s life. If your kid is graduating soon, you can give them a trip of a lifetime by considering some of the schoolies 2020 options. It’s a perfect graduation gift, and more than 20,000 students have had a chance to travel to destinations all over the world so far. There are many options, and one of them is being a volunteer in Cambodia. Your kid can work with Cambodian children and teach English in orphanages and have wonderful experiences! It’s a remarkable chance to do something meaningful that they will remember for the rest of their lives, not to mention they will help those who are truly in need.
Paris is a glamorous city of fashion, perfect for teens who love shopping! Your kid will like making selfies with the Eiffel Tower in the background, but Paris has so much more to offer than this unique hallmark! There are many activities to enjoy there, from bike tours and macaron classes to looking for Instagram or Snapchat spots.
Many would agree that Venice is charming and it is quite a safe destination, which is great! Teens can enjoy strolling down alleyways while eating delicious one-of-a-kind gelato and window shopping for breathtaking Italian leather handbags, feeling carefree. They also sell really cool-looking masks that make perfect souvenirs. Young travelers really like this!
Argentina – Buenos Aires
This list would be nothing without this marvelous South American destination! Incredible hostel deals can be found, and you can let your kid enjoy a real Argentine escapade! Buenos Aires is remarkable because of tango, delicious cuisine, soccer, and shopping. There are plenty of activities for young travelers and they can taste some cultural influences from France, Spain, Italy and beyond.
Anyone can experience Japanese culture by ordering sushi or reading anything written by Haruki Murakami, but going to this magical East-Asian island country can be an unforgettable experience for a teenager! Japan has beautiful shrines, but maybe young travelers prefer something like a kimono and tea ceremony, or Akihabara, home of manga and anime. They can even take a peek at some sumo wrestling or see authentic samurai gear.
Russia – Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is famous for its inspiring churches, palaces, and museums and has incredible architecture and culture. Teens who like sightseeing will definitely enjoy it a lot because there are plenty of great things to see. For example, there is Pushkin, the summer residence of the Tsars. It is great for those who love history!
This rugged and forested Central American jewel is appreciated because of its hot springs, beaches, and diverse wildlife, so if your teen is a nature lover, they will be thrilled to visit this destination! They can visit the famous Corcovado National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Also, anyone who likes exotic animals will be excited to see spider monkeys and quetzal birds!
Let’s not forget to mention this beautiful coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean! People love the Bahamas because of cruises, which are actually a perfect thing for teens since they offer so much. There is a skating rink, rock climbing, zip-lining, arcade, surf simulators, mini-golf, teen lounge, 3D movie lounge, and disco. It’s definitely not difficult to find something enticing!
So, school is over for your kid and it’s the time they become a globe-trotting traveler who wants plenty of escapades far from home to broaden horizons. Luckily, there are so many great choices and so many dreamy destinations! Beautiful beaches, breathtaking nature, shopping, fascinating culture, amazing food, different fun activities or volunteering and doing something meaningful – so many things can be done and experienced in 2020!
Jack Kewell is a writer, science editor, naturalist, entrepreneur. He is focused on writing and illustrating books. Also, he is a regular contributor to Smoothdecorator.