The Wild Pair

Ask The Wild Pair: Mother-Son Vacation

In Ask The Wild Pair on June 12, 2009 at 10:51 pm

q3I’d love to take my teenage son on a mother-son vacation. But, he’s pretty anti-mom these days.  It would take something truly high-octane-cool to convince him. Any ideas?

aIt’s not just you. In case you haven’t noticed, teens tend to prefer parents in small doses, or, if they could get away with it, not at all. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of adventures so awesome that even too-cool-for-mom teens can’t say no. To get you started, we’ve listed just a few recommendations below.

But first, if we may, a word of advice: Reign in any visions of dramatic relationship breakthroughs and heart-to-heart life goal discussions you’re currently entertaining. And go with the intention to simply enjoy the sheer joy of watching your son experience something new and the good fortune of having a few precious days together.

Now, off you go to choose a trip too good to pass up!

Teen Trips Fueled by Adrenaline

Canadian Rockies Family: Mighty Peaks to Mountain Goats – 6 days
With glacier hikes, river rafting, biking, rock climbing and horseback riding, an Austin-Lehman Adventures Banff & Lake Louise vacation is the ultimate family adventure. By day, hike wildflower meadows and national park trails _ even trek across a glacier. Bike serene forested paths around turquoise lakes, raft the playful rapids of the Kananaskis River and ride horses with Alberta cowboys. By night, enjoy a hearty meal and the comforts of a Summit Spa, a wood-burning fireplace, and a claw-foot tub.

Departures: July, August
Activities: Hiking,Biking,Kayaking
Price: $2,898

Costa Rica: Multisport Family Adventure – 9 Days

Explore Costa Rica’s undiscovered wildlands on this active, natural history adventure. With Wildland Adventures you’ll hike through 600-year-old highland cloud forests near Mt. Chirripo, habitat of the Resplendent Quetzal, between lush rain forests and pristine tropical beaches of the Osa Peninsula, and along with a two-day white water rafting trip down the Pacuare River.
Departures: All Year
Activities: Safaris, Wildlife and Photography
Price: From $2,890

Arizona – Grand Canyon Rafting Trip – 6 or 7 Days

In the grandest canyon of the Colorado, experience the excitement, serenity, joy and enchanting beauty of the river with Western River Expeditions as it transforms this divine chasm and those who venture down it. The Grand Canyon is ever-changing, with massive walls that step back to expose eons of natural history, at one place dark and narrow, and at another lush with waterfalls thundering hundreds of feet in luminous free fall.

Departures: May, June, July, August, September
Activities: Hiking,Rafting
Price: From $2,295 per Adult

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  1. Thanks for the ideas. My son is 15 1/2 and doesn’t want to spend much time with me right now. It was a good reminder for me to see that it isn’t just me.
    At least he and I can talk about it.
    I’m even just looking for some one or two day ideas. Thinking about taking him to a zipline that is a couple of hours away. Of course I can’t chicken out.This is a great time for us moms of teenage boys to try those daring things we’ve had stuffed in the back of our minds. Wish me luck!

    • Thanks Jan,

      No, it’s definitely NOT just you! :)

      Daytrips or weekend getaways are great ways to have fun together.

      We hope you’ll keep us posted!

      Cheers,

      Ellen & Judie

  2. Great ideas! I’m a father of two grown teens and when they were younger I was been able to get their attention doing some ATV, segway and zip line riding! I took my son on a great tour of the dunes in Florence, Ore., and, when I returned, my daughter said, “What the hell? I wanna go!” So we did. :)

    Hope you both are doing great.

    • Thanks Deston,

      As two non-parents (do pets + husband’s count? ha ha), we’re relieved to hear your endorsement!

      So good to hear from you. Yep, we’re both great. Thanks for touching base.

      Wildest regards,

      Ellen & Judie

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