5 Tips for Traveling with Teens

If you’re planning a vacation for the whole family, there are a few things you can do to ensure a pleasant experience for everyone — even the bigger kids! Traveling with teenagers may seem like a daunting endeavour, but with a little forethought and planning, you could be in for the vacation of a lifetime. Discover our helpful tips for planning a trip with teens.

1) Involve them at the outset.

The simplest way to avoid an eye-roll or an unenthusiastic attitude is to give your teen some input from the very beginning. Discuss destinations, itineraries, and activities with them, and encourage them to do some research on their own. Giving them this sense of ownership will usually result in a more excited traveler. Let your teenaged child plan a day of activities, or choose a few special outings or excursions they’re most interested in.

2) Build in some downtime.

Down time is important for everyone, but it may be especially important to your teen who likes to sleep in, listen to music, or read a book on their own for a little while. Make sure your daily itineraries don’t all begin at 7am — instead, give them some time to relax, recharge, and start the day on their own terms.

3) Don’t force them to (completely) unplug.

It seems everywhere you go today you can find WiFi service. Encourage your teenagers to take advantage of a break from their phones and other gadgets, but don’t take them away completely. Let them snap a few photos, or peruse the internet from time to time (especially when surfing involves learning more about your destination!).

4) Give a little.

Family vacation can be a great time to give your teens a little freedom. Give them the chance to stay behind on an outing or two, and if you’re comfortable with it, let them explore a little. Doing a little navigating on their own, and discovering a few sights on their own, may be just what they need to enjoy the family trip to the fullest.

5) Be flexible.

If gathering input and ideas from your teens at the outset wasn’t much of a success, be open-minded to their suggestions along the way. When you’re out exploring together, or in your rooms scouring local guides and brochures, say “yes” to a few of the activities and attractions they come across and are eager to explore.

Looking for budget-friendly accommodations for your next family vacation? Let the whole family unwind with a stay at one of our many extended stay properties in the US, offering kitchens, a dining area, a large flat panel TV with premium channels, and high speed Internet access.

7 Cheap Eats in Virginia Beach

A beautiful, coastal city in southeastern Virginia, Virginia Beach is located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. A popular destination for travelers from around the world, there is plenty to see, do, and eat in the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads areas. And luckily for you, dining out doesn’t need to be terribly expensive. Discover our top picks for cheap eats in Virginia Beach.

1. Whitner’s Pit Smoked Barbecue.

You’ll love the fun, retro atmosphere of Whitney’s Pit Smoked Barbecue where you’ll enjoy a small, casual restaurant and plenty of options for all BBQ lovers out there. Take your pick from some of the classics, including St. Louis cub ribs, BBQ or jerk chicken, brisket sandwiches, smoked sausage, and of course, plenty of sides. Come with friends and take advantage of the special Group Meal menu, ideal for parties of 4, 6, or 8.

2. Jade Villa.

For your fill of American-Chinese fare, or authentic Cantonese cuisine, head to the unassuming Jade Villa on Independence Blvd in Hampton Roads. Indulge in dim sum, seafood, noodle soups, egg foo young, and much more.

3. Doc Taylor’s.

There isn’t a better way to start your day than with a delicious brunch from Doc Taylor’s. Offering a cozy atmosphere in an old cottage on 23rd Street, Doc Taylor’s is popular among beach goers and serves classics like Southern eggs, grits, and world-famous Bloody Marys.

4. Mariam’s Fil-Am Cuisine.

Known for the finest Filipino cuisine in Hampton Roads, Mariam’s Fil-Am Cuisine offers changing daily menus including visitor favorites like fried lumpia, chicken adobo, pompano, afritada, and so much more – all complemented by wonderful Filipino hospitality.

5. No Forks CheeseSteaks & More.

A casual restaurant perfect for a midday meal, No Forks CheeseSteaks & More is a unique sandwich shop that specializes in ‘cheesesteaks with a twist.’ Don’t miss the signature JoJo – featuring ribeye steak and melted provolone on a toasted roll topped with Cajun seasoned fries and warm Cheez Whiz!

6. The Route 58 Delicatessen.

We couldn’t have a cheap eats list without including a traditional, hearty deli restaurant – and The Route 58 Delicatessen is ‘New York deli food from a true “New Jersey” guy!’ On the menu you’ll find plenty to choose from, including soups and salads, knishes, mile high sandwiches, burgers, and more!

7. Cinema Cafe.

Take the family for a casual, dine-in movie experience at the Cinema Cafe – a one-stop movie theater and restaurant in Virginia Beach. The dinner menu includes classic favorites like burgers, homemade pizza, wings, fresh salads, and more, and you can also indulge in traditional movie fare like fresh-popped popcorn and candy.

After you’ve filled up on all the culinary goodness the city has to offer, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at our extended stay accommodation in Virginia Beach!

For more ideas on what to do and where to eat in Virginia Beach, check out the Area Guide tab on the page linked above.