I’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?
It’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
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
Price: From $2,295 per Adult