Here are eight secrets that, if every traveler heeded them, would make traveling far more enjoyable

Here are eight secrets that, if every traveler heeded them, would make traveling far more enjoyable

In this piece, I’ll share eight secrets that, if every traveler heeded them, would make traveling far more enjoyable for everyone involved.

1. Don’t Congregate.

Every major airline these days uses a numbered or zone system to help with their boarding process. Zone 1 boards before Zone 2, etc. And yet, as soon as the announcement is made that boarding is beginning, people from all zones bunch together in front of the jet bridge. That means that everyone in the first boarding zones has to weave through everyone in Zone 7, which just unnecessarily slows everything down. If you’re patient, step aside and wait your turn, you’ll actually get on the plane faster. Don’t worry – they won’t leave without you.

2. Bring The Right Sized Bags.

Nobody likes to check bags, me included. Not only is there an extra cost associated with checking your luggage, there is also the wasted time standing around the carousel waiting for your plane to be unloaded – that is, if your bag wasn’t somehow left behind. But because no one wants to check bags, that doesn’t mean you should jam everything you possibly can into a carry-on that then won’t fit in the overhead bins on the plane. No one wants to wait behind your in the aisle as you try and employ brute force trying to cram your bag in. If your bag is a little over-sized, then use this trick: before you get on the plane, go up to the gate agent and ask her to gate check the bag for you. Not only is this free, many times they will unload your bag plane side after your flight lands.

3. Sit Quickly

When you do get on the plane, make your way to your seat, pop your carry-on in the bin or under your seat (or both) and then take a seat. Ideally, you have already grabbed what you wanted with you on the flight before you got on the plane so that you aren’t that person who is blocking traffic in the aisle trying to pull our your computer or magazines. Another pro tip is that as soon as you board, start scanning the bins near where your seat is to see if there is room for your bag above where you’re sitting. If not, try and find a spot along the way. That way, you can pick it up as you’re unloading from the plane. The only caveat is that you should never put your bag in the bin above the first row of a plan or any that face a bulkhead because that will force those passengers to go find a place for their bags behind them – which becomes a major hassle for them and slows everyone down. Be kind and don’t be that person.

4. Be Ready to Stand

If you happen to prefer sitting in an aisle seat, you know you’re going to have people sitting inside you either in a window or middle seat. If you’re the first to get to your row, pay attention to see when your seat-mates approach. When they do, politely stand up and take a step back to allow them to enter and get in their seats. Don’t be rude by standing in front of the row or, worse, keep sitting and force the person to squeeze around you.

5. Watch Your Diet

The times that anyone raves about the food on an airplane are few and far between. So it’s understandable that people like to bring their own food on the plane with them. But think about the people sitting next to you when you make your choice. I have had the extremely unpleasant experience of sitting next to someone who brought their greasy cheeseburger topped with onions with a side of garlic fries on the plane with them. Boy did that reek. While we are at it – keep the cologne and perfume to a minimum – it’s kind of tough in tight quarters. Don’t be that person.

6. Watch Your Tongue

It’s important to be respectful of your seat-mates when it comes to whether you can talk their ear off or not on a plane. Watch for the clues to give you a sense of whether someone wants to strike up a conversation. Some times I use my plane time to recover from a few hard days on the road or to prepare for an upcoming meeting and I have no interest in chatting. Other times I’m all for killing the time with a good conversation. It just depends. So you can always say hello to your seat-mate, but if they then close their eyes or pull out a book, be respectful and give them some space.

7. Keep Your Arms and LegsTo Yourself

Nothing is worse than sitting in the middle seat. So be kind to that poor person by giving them full access to their two arms rests. The two outside armrests belong to the window and aisle seat. But the person in the middle deserves their own space, so watch your elbows and arms so that you’re not forcing them to jockey for position. If you can squeeze in without disturbing them, fine – but they have priority. If you have the middle, you space ends at the edge of the armrest, no poking your seat mates in the sides with your elbows. The same goes for your legs, no crossing the line between the seats – we don’t care if you have a wide stance.

8. Don’t be Surprised You Landed

Unloading a plan should be the easiest thing in the world. It starts with everyone in front and works backwards from there. But it’s never that simple. There is always someone who seems surprised when it’s time for their row to get and leave. It’s pretty clear when the plane lands – you shouldn’t be surprised it’s time to get off . Watch watch’s happening around you. As soon as the plane parks, and you hear the ding in the cabin, get your stuff together unbuckle your belt, and get ready to grab your bag and go. Even better: if you are sitting on the aisle, stand up to give your seat-mates some extra room to get ready. Then keep standing slightly behind the row until they get up and leave as a way to block the more aggressive people behind you who might try to squeeze ahead of your row. You know whom I’m talking about. While everyone will respect the person who is late for a connecting flight, just ask and we’ll let you go ahead. We’re all in the same boat, or plane as it was.

If everyone would heed these eight simple etiquette tips, all of your flights would load faster, deplane faster, and we’d all find the experience of flying that much less stressful. So try and keep these tips in mind the next trip you take and we can begin to make this kind of behavior the norm rather than the exception.

Happy Trails!

Jim is the author of the best-selling book, “Great CEOs Are Lazy” – grab your copy to today on Amazon!

Source: INC

ICBC urges: Slow down this Victoria Day long weekend

ICBC urges: Slow down this Victoria Day long weekend

As B.C. roads are expected to be busy with the unofficial start of the summer road trip season this May long weekend, ICBC and police are asking drivers to slow down and maintain a safe speed now and throughout summer.

Crashes and injuries increase on long weekends because of many factors, including unsafe speed as people may be rushing to reach their destination. Last year over the Victoria Day long weekend, 490 people were hurt in 1,900 crashes in B.C.

That’s why ICBC and police are launching an education and enforcement campaign to tie in with Victoria Day weekend. Province-wide police will be out on B.C. roads targeting high-risk driving behaviours and Speed Watch volunteers will be set up in communities across B.C. to encourage drivers to slow down.

Here are ICBC’s top driving tips to keep you safe this long weekend and all summer:

  • Let others into your lane: Don’t speed up as someone is trying to pass you. Help the other driver get into your lane by slowing down and making room.

  • Slow down: Posted speed limits are intended for ideal conditions. On uneven or wet roads, and in bad weather conditions, slow down and increase your following distance to at least four seconds.

  • Plan ahead: Allow extra time to get to your destination. Avoid rushing by planning your route in advance. Be realistic about your travel time. If you’re going to be later than expected, be patient and accept the delay.

  • Scan intersections: The majority of crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists happen in intersections, so it’s important to approach all intersections cautiously.

  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure your vehicle’s ready for the trip. Don’t drive with badly worn or under-inflated tires. Keep the wiper fluid topped up for clearer visibility.

  • Watch for other road users: As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, pay extra attention to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

  • Leave your phone alone: No call or text is worth risking your life or the lives of others. Remember using a phone at a stop light is prohibited. If you have to take a call, pull over when it’s safe; stay focused on the road and keep the conversation brief. Make sure you’re focused on driving before re-entering traffic.

Regional statistics*:

  • Last year, 330 people were injured in 1,200 crashes throughout the Lower Mainland over the Victoria Day long weekend.
  • Last year, 52 people were injured in 290 crashes throughout the Vancouver Island over the Victoria Day long weekend.
  • Last year, 69 people were injured in 270 crashes throughout the Southern Interior over the Victoria Day long weekend.
  • Last year, 38 people were injured in 140 crashes throughout the North Central region over the Victoria Day long weekend.

​*Victoria Day long weekend is calculated from 18:00 the Friday prior to Victoria Day to midnight Monday. Injured victims and crashes from 2016 ICBC data.​

Media contact

​Lindsay Olsen​
604-982-4759

Survey finds Canada is the travel hot spot during our 150th Anniversary

Survey finds Canada is the travel hot spot during our 150th Anniversary

Summary: 60% of Canadians are planning to vacation across Canada this year coinciding with the country’s 150th birthday celebrations. For those leaving their home province, a majority (59%) will use their vehicles to embark on their Canadian road trip. Canadians agree that the allure of travel is experiencing something new with 62% looking forward to discovering Canada and 84% want to do something on their travels that they wouldn’t do at home. Alarmingly, with millions getting ready to pack for their summer vacations, travel insurance remains a low priority with 53% of Canadians travelling within Canada – but outside of their home province – not likely to purchase travel insurance for their trip.

TORONTO, May 16, 2017 /CNW/ – With the Victoria Day holiday upon us, the unofficial kick-off to summer has started and Canadians are putting the finishing touches on their travel plans. As we celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday, Canada has emerged as the hot spot for Canadian travellers this year. According to a new RBC Insurance survey, 79 per cent of Canadians are planning to travel in 2017 and a majority (60%) are planning a staycation here in the true north.

With millions of Canadians preparing to hit the road, respondents said they would never leave home without their cellphones (75%), followed by securing their home (61%) and doing a vehicle tune-up (51%). Surprisingly, 60 per cent would leave home without purchasing travel insurance.

“It’s great to see that Canadians of all ages are going to be visiting friends and family or exploring this great country as we celebrate our 150th birthday,” said Stacey Hughes-Brooks, head of travel, RBC Insurance. “While we weren’t surprised to see cell phones topping the list of items travellers would never leave home without, it’s alarming that protecting their vacation plans with travel insurance was at the bottom of the list.”

Mind the Travel Insurance Gap
While 79 per cent of Canadians said they were planning to travel this year, packing travel insurance was not a priority. More than half (53%) of Canadians travelling within Canada – but outside of their home province – were not likely to purchase travel insurance for their trip. Nearly half (46%) of those said they don’t need it, as they are already covered by their provincial health care plan and 39 per cent said they already have travel insurance through their credit card or group benefits plan.

For those planning to travel internationally this year, 75 per cent indicated they would purchase travel insurance for their trip. A majority (61%) of those not likely to buy travel insurance for international trips say they’re already covered through their credit card or group benefits plan while 15 per cent are willing to take their chances for a smooth trip.

“Whether you’re planning a staycation or traveling internationally, travel insurance is something you should pack. It brings peace of mind to know that if you experience a health issue or your trip is interrupted, you will be taken care of,” added Hughes-Brooks. “Most travellers are aware of the need for insurance while out of country but there’s a misconception that you don’t need it while traveling domestically. Canadians need to be aware that government health plans may not cover all medical expenses outside of their home province. Items like air ambulances, X-rays, prescription drugs or emergency dental work are often not included.”

Staycation Motivation
Canadians took into account a number of factors when making their travel plans this year. For those staying in Canada, budgetary considerations (68%) topped the list, along with the desire to visit friends and family (67%). Unfavourable foreign currency exchange rates (47%) and concerns about travel to other countries (35%) also weighed in on their decisions. Regardless, the allure of exploring home was strong with 62 per cent saying they had a desire to discover Canada and 39 per cent indicated that celebrating Canada’s150th birthday influenced their decision to travel in Canada.

Like Canada, travel choices are diverse

  • Prairie residents (50%) and Albertans (48%) are most likely to set their sights on exploring a different part of Canada this year.
  • Quebecers are the most likely to go travelling within their own province (46%), compared to residents of BC (43%), Ontario (40%), Atlantic Canada (39%), Alberta (38%), and the Prairies (35%).
  • Ontario is the top Canadian travel destination and the USA remains top destination outside Canada.
  • 84 per cent look to do something they normally wouldn’t do at home. This includes visiting a theatre or sporting event (71%), visiting local museums or art galleries (70%), take an adventure like whale watching or ocean kayaking (51%) or participate in the great Canadian tradition of camping (51%).
  • Millennials are embracing the great outdoors with 67 per cent going camping, 65 per cent are looking for adventure like ocean kayaking, and 48 per cent want to participate in an ‘extreme’ activity such as white water rafting.
  • What’s more Canadian than a road trip, eh? Looks like Canadians agree with a majority (59%) traveling by car for trips outside of their home province and 90 per cent traveling by car within their home province.

RBC Insurance offers the following tips for Canadian travellers this year:

  • Provide family and friends with a copy of your itinerary. It will help reduce their worries and provide assistance if you get lost or delayed. You should also leave a contact number so they can get a hold of you in case of emergency
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance even if traveling within Canada
  • Tune up your vehicle, secure your property and be sure to label your luggage
  • Ensure you understand what your policy does and does not cover and what other coverages you may have through work or credit cards
  • Look for discounts and promotions as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday

About the RBC Insurance Survey
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between April 27 and May 1, 2017 on behalf of RBC Insurance. For this survey, a sample of 1,503 Canadians, who intend to travel for at least two nights and at least 100 km from home, from Ipsos’ Canadian online panel were interviewed online. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian travellers who fit this sample universe been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance® offers a wide range of life, health, home, auto, travel, wealth and reinsurance advice and solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services to individual, business and group clients. RBC Insurance is the brand name for the insurance operating entities of Royal Bank of Canada, one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC Insurance is among the largest Canadian bank-owned insurance organizations, with approximately 2,500 employees who serve more than four million clients globally. For more information, please visit rbcinsurance.com.

SOURCE RBC Insurance

The 15 Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Flying

The 15 Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Flying

Excerpted article was written by

I said I would never do it again, but I did—I booked a late flight so I could put in a full day’s work before flying for a business meeting. Weather delays turned an hour-long flight from New York to Toronto into an eight-hour odyssey. My relaxing night became a few hours of pre-meeting sleep, and I was even delayed on the return.

After my business trip disaster, I checked in with the smartest travelers I know to get their flying tips. Here’s what they said.

Not booking your seat when you book your plane ticket. “Now, I always book my seats when I book my ticket. I forgot once and was seated in the back row—no incline, from the west to east coast for six very long hours. (During that trip, I also discovered people waiting in line for the bathroom don’t realize that their hovering invades personal space for those sitting on the aisle.” —Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor-in-chief, Hospitality Design Magazine

Dressing down for the flight. “Once, I traveled in torn jeans, flip-flops and a T-shirt to Aruba, where I had an important meeting with a client (who was not happy). My mission was to save the client. My luggage didn’t make it and my flight was delayed, so I had just enough time to go from the airport to the meeting in clothes that I would only wear for running errands. Needless to say, I didn’t save the account.” —Florence Quinn, founder, Quinn PR

Trusting your flight will have Wi-Fi. “I took a flight between two business hubs. I assumed the airline would offer Wi-Fi since the flight was not crossing an ocean. I didn’t bother to confirm and it turned out the flight did not have Internet. I was stuck on a five-hour flight with no Wi-Fi and my documents on the Cloud. Now I always check. If the flight won’t offer Internet connection, I download the files.” —Alex Zatarain, cofounder, Eight Sleep

Wearing uncomfortable shoes. “I’ve been doing more European travel and have discovered there can be a very long walk from the international terminal to the domestic terminal. I dealt with this recently at both the Frankfurt and Madrid airports. Racing for a flight in heels has been challenging, so I carry a pair of flip-flops to ensure I make my flights and protect my feet.” —Celia Rao Visconti, VP global marketing and e-commerce, Briggs & Riley

Forgetting to check your plans before you land. “I landed in Vegas after a long flight and was planning to go to my hotel to freshen up before meetings. I didn’t realize they were sending a car and the COO to pick me up. I desperately needed to clean up after a work dinner the night before and a 5 a.m. flight. Lesson learned: Know your plans before you land so you can be ready.” —Allie Hope, head of development and acquisitions, Virgin Hotels

Not bringing back-up cosmetics in your carry on. “I always pack a small freshen-up kit (baby wipes, toothbrush, deodorant, lipstick, mascara, powder) in my carry-on. A great tip if you are caught without anything when you land and need a pick-me-up? With a small purchase, most high-end beauty counters will freshen your face and make you feel presentation-ready in under 30 minutes.” —Alyssa Bushey, vice president, marketing, RockOrange

Not planning ahead to accommodate travel time from the airport. “When I’m traveling, I find it’s best to plan as much as possible ahead of time so once I land, I have stress-free travel to my appointment. I check the distance between the airport and my destination, taking into account my arrival time and the city’s traffic. I schedule a car to meet me at the airport and ensure I have a cushion of time.” —Troy Guard, chef/owner, TAG Restaurant Group

Forgetting to bring an extra tote. “I’m always collecting things on my travels, and when I’m packing up, sometimes I can’t shut my suitcase. Just in case, I keep one of those cheap shopping totes—a reusable 99 cent tote from Trader Joesstashed in the front pocket of my suitcase. That way, if I buy too many items and my luggage is overweight, I have a sturdy tote to cram it all into.” —Carey Reilly, lifestyle/travel expert and editor, Not So Skinny Mom

Booking an aisle seat. “While traveling on a company trip, I was given an aisle seat on a five-hour flight. I was next to a woman who I assumed was pregnant, because she got up at least 10 times for the bathroom. After inquiring, I found out she was not pregnant and had a bladder infection. The last two hours were uncomfortable. Now I make sure I book a window seat (and never assume someone is pregnant).” Jae Scott, motivational speaker and image consultant

Booking a window seat. “If I’m taking a long-haul flight, anything more than two hours really, I always book an aisle seat in advance. The window is so tempting for leaning against for an overnight flight, but if the person next to you is asleep, you are basically trapped there. I’m a frequent visitor to the bathroom—I hate not having easy access to it.” —Gretchen Thomas, wine and spirits director, Barteca Restaurant Group

Assuming you’ll get food on the plane. “I like to eat something light before so I’m not hungry during the flight. There’s a decent amount of good restaurants in airports now so it’s never too difficult to find something.” —Laurent Tourondel, owner of multiple restaurants, including the newly renovated and opened restaurant at The Betsy Hotel in South Miami Beach

Not getting a jump on jet lag. “For business travel with big time-zone changes, I try to book a flight that arrives in the late afternoon or early evening the day prior to my first appointment, sleep in spurts on the flight and consume tons of green tea. Then I hit the ground running and get to bed early. This formula works for me every time: short naps in flight + green tea + a run + early to bed = minimal jet lag.” —Tammy Peters, founder, Media Mixology

Suffering through coach (especially if you’re pregnant). “I was traveling for work while pregnant and booked a standard economy seat on the plane. We were delayed on the runway and I became extremely uncomfortable sitting in, what was for me, a cramped space. After that, I’ve always made sure to book at least economy comfort, even if it meant spending more.” Gabrielle Blitz Rosen, chief digital officer, Beautiful Destinations

Not planning ahead if you want to bring wine home. “If you want to bring home bottles of wine, you have to pack them in your suitcase. Bring some padded bottle sleeves that are resealable. They pack flat and can easily slide in your suitcase when you are not using them, but will protect bottles from breaking. If one does get damaged, the resealable bag will absorb liquid.” —Gretchen Thomas, wine and spirits director, Barteca Restaurant Group

Thinking the gate agent will be of help. “Skip the gate agent—especially if you’re an airline club member. The executive club concierge will understand your travel needs and will make sure all is taken care of in the most efficient manner. I’ve waited 45-plus minutes with a gate agent for an issue that took the ECC less than five.” —Howard Wein, founder, Howard Wein Hospitality and the Diplomat Restaurant Group at the new Diplomat Beach Resort

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

By Barbara Ortutay

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK _ As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your ratty shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue.

It’s yet another inconvenience in the name of security for weary travellers, especially those from or passing through the 10 mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries covered by new U.S. and British policies. While it’s not quite as disruptive as an outright ban on smartphones much less a travel ban based on nationality the laptop limitation loomed large for some people as they prepared to travel.

“Why are only Middle Eastern airlines subject to this ban?” asked Kelsey Norman, a doctoral student who plans to fly home Friday to Los Angeles from Beirut and expects to have to check her laptop, a Kindle tablet and her DSLR camera. “Overall this policy is inconvenient, discriminatory, and continues to hurt America’s rapidly deteriorating reputation globally.”

BAN LOGIC

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules forbid laptop computers, tablets, Kindles, some gaming devices, cameras and other electronics larger than a smartphone in carry-on baggage. The U.S. government cited unspecified threats as the reason for the ban. The U.K. government instituted a similar ban; neither government’s restrictions affect U.S.-based airlines.

On the positive side, items people can still carry into the airline cabin include smartphones, overstuffed duffel bags, winter coats, tiny bottles of hand lotion, Tupperware containers full of tuna salad, earplugs, nose hair trimmers, and babies. For now, at least tomorrow could bring a new unspecified threat and with it a new ban.

LOST PRODUCTIVITY

Other travellers, especially of the dutiful business variety, worried that laptops in checked bags could be stolen, damaged or compromised and that in the meantime, they wouldn’t be able to get any work done. Some tried rerouting flights to avoid the affected airports, but this is not easy.

Banu Akdenizli, a native of Turkey, said having to fly 17 hours without her laptop will cost her precious time to work and prepare for a conference.

“It might seem trivial to a lot of people, but what you get from these parts of the world are usually business travellers,” said Akdenizli, an associate professor of communications at the Doha, Qatar, campus of Northwestern University. “It’s not just about watching movies, but also being able to get some work done.”

Of course, others may well revel in the prospect of a few hours of laptop-free time, stretched out in their luxurious middle coach seats instead of hunched over Excel spreadsheets. It wasn’t so long ago that such this was the norm for air travellers.

And there still are a few ways to make do without those laptops, tablets and portable DVD players. Sort of.

AWKWARD WORKAROUNDS

If you’re someone who insists on working, it’s possible to take import documents into Google Docs and thumb away on your smartphone’s keyboard, at least so long as you remember to save them to your phone before you take off. But features can be limited with some apps; Microsoft’s Office app, for instance, only lets you open one document at a time.

Such apps are OK for simple proofreading and minor editing, but probably won’t do if you’re working on your novel. Among other things, the text is tiny when fitting a full page on a phone’s screen, though there’s a button to temporarily reformat text for the smaller display.

Catching up on email or cleaning out your inbox could be another way to pass time without your laptop, especially if you shell out for in-flight Wi-Fi.

If you can resist the urge to work, you can download shows from Netflix or Amazon onto your phone for offline viewing _ though again, you have to remember to do this before your flight. And you might want to stick with comedies or TV shows rather than epics designed for big screens.

AT LEAST IT’S NOT PHONES

For most of us, laptops and other gadgets play mere supporting roles compared to our extra limb, our one and only _ the smartphone. We go to sleep with it and look at it the first thing in the morning. Had the ban included smartphones, passengers might now be agitating for the return of zeppelin travel.

Last fall, Samsung asked users of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 to “power down and stop using the device” when getting on a plane. (The phone was later banned, and then recalled.) People followed the directions but found clever workarounds, such as borrowing non-Note 7 phones from friends.

But at least then people could see Note 7s bursting into flames on YouTube, leading to the natural conclusion that this would be bad on a jetliner. Here, the threat is much harder to envision, travellers say.

A few manage anyway. Nick Lieber, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen living in Jerusalem, plans an April trip to Chicago that will take him through Amman, Jordan, and therefore subject him to the ban. He said stowing his laptop in his checked luggage won’t be too inconvenient because he doesn’t anticipate having work on the flight.

But he worries about laptop lithium-ion batteries which have been blamed for past aircraft fires stored in the plane’s cargo hold. “I’m a nervous flyer already,” Lieber said.

Teens tricky to travel with, but tips can help

Teens tricky to travel with, but tips can help

Excerpted article was written By Lisa Iannucci | TravelPulse

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Let’s face it. Teens aren’t the easiest people to please. They want to be treated like adults and do their own thing — especially on vacation — but they aren’t quite adults yet.
Oh, and they also get bored easily, too.

“When you travel as a family and include your teens, you are helping them grow into well-rounded, valuable adults,” said Nina Fogelman, director of Ancient Summit Travel in Wellington, Florida. “I have heard it said, and totally agree, that passports should be the next diplomas. Shaping a teen’s mind by exposure to other cultures is one of the best things you can do for them.”

However, planning a vacation with teens comes with its unique set of challenges, so how do you make your trip a good one for them? Here are some recommendations:

Go all-inclusive

“Stay at an all-inclusive resort with a great teen club and activities,” said Margie Lenau, travel consultant with Wonderland Family Vacations in Walker, Michigan. “Teens love food, games and a place to hang out without adults where they can eat as much as they want, whenever they want to.”

For example, Lenau says, families with teens should check out Beaches Resorts in the Caribbean, which offer the Scratch DJ Academy. “Teens can learn to be a DJ and compete in a DJ face-off, or even perform at a party while they are there,” she said.

Involve them

“Try to involve them in the whole planning process,” said Denise Lorentzen with Dreams Travel in Hughson, California.

“Ask them what they would like to do. They will protest if they feel you chose all the activities, locations, etc. and they feel they don’t have a say,” she said.

Greg Antonelle, managing director of MickeyTravels, based in Long Valley, New Jersey, agrees.

“Survey the teen children to confirm their interest in the destination you are visiting,” he said. “Ask them for things they’d like to do and make them feel their desires are important. Have them provide input on restaurants, too. … If you have buy-in from the teens, it will ensure a great family vacation.”

Set expectations

“Is there free Wi-Fi at the resort?” asks Tracy K. Drechsler of Your Dream Travel Concierge in Oakdale, New York. “How many hours a day is acceptable for them to be on their devices or away from the family?

“Personally, when I travel with my teen and tween, phones go in the safe, and we bring a different color highlighter for each child, so we can select activities they want to do daily when on cruises and all-inclusive resorts. Meals and evening are family time. Knowing this before the trip begins makes for less arguing while away.”

Connected is OK

“If you have a teen (who’s) active on social media or talking/texting with friends, choose a resort with free Wi-Fi or purchase your cruise line’s social media package for them,” said Deborah Corwin of Dream Vacations in Lowell, Arkansas.

“The ability to Instagram selfies of all the cool stuff they are seeing and doing will help them to enjoy the time with family even more.”

Edited by ILSTV.

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