I was thinking of these tips just the other day as I was planning a last-minute trip for a family of five including three teenagers!
The family summer vacation has been planned, hotels picked out or maybe a family cruise, bags are being packed and anticipation of the travel is escalating. But traveling as a teen in today’s world presents more challenges in years past. Yet with the right guidelines in place, a fabulous vacation can still be a reality.
So here is my travel advice for teens:
- Program into your cell phone an “In Case of Emergency” or “ICE” entry. The entry can be your parent’s phone number or the person you are traveling with. Apparently emergency workers such as the police are trained to check cell-phone address books for an ICE entry to find a person to contact.
- There’s safety in numbers and no exploring should be done without a buddy. Before you take off on adventure though, also program the hotel’s number in your cell phone and make sure you have a hotel card or stationery with the address on it.
- This is common sense but bears repeating. Do not accept rides, drinks or food from strangers.
- Don’t walk around listening to your iPod or chatting on your cell phone. In new surroundings, you need to be aware of what’s going on around you at all times. Besides this way you can take in all the beautiful scenery around you as well as the local culture.
- Be aware of the lack of privacy on most of the Wi-Fi free systems, whether in a coffee shop or in an airport. Gmail uses a secure login page by default, which means that the username and password are encrypted. But the actual mail can easily be read by an eavesdropper. Yahoo Mail and Hotmail offer secure login as options.
- Finally, set a protocol for the requirement of a password should a stranger say your parents have sent him or her to fetch you in an emergency. The password remains the same for every trip and outing.
Keep these safety tips in mind, always keep the communication open with your parents, and most of all have a fun vacation. Before long you will be off to college and these trips will be memories!
Do you have some travel tips for teens?