Exploring new destinations is the best education parents can offer teens. Going to faraway places and meeting new people shapes them into strong and resilient individuals and prepares them to adapt to new environments. When teens go around the world, they learn to manage independently. This experience encourages creativity and boosts confidence.
Travelling is a valuable lesson as it pushes teenagers to realise their shortcomings and strengthens faith in their abilities. Thus, adolescents must welcome the opportunity to visit new places during summer breaks, student immersion language programs, winter vacations, or while studying abroad.
For teens who love the idea of checking out new places, here is a list of international destinations to add to their bucket list. Have a look!
Every corner of Rome is brimming with ancient history and boasts of beautiful art & architecture. Besides traditional artworks, the city houses places like Pigneto, where breathtaking murals cover the streets. Teens who love unique experiences should try the gladiator school to learn sword fighting and Hydromania Water Park to enjoy water slides, swimming pools, beach volleyball, and soccer pitch. If you have an adventurous soul, activities like urban rafting, kayak tours, and velocity zip lining can also be of interest.
When in Rome, make sure to check out the most popular attractions, like The Colosseum, the world’s original arena built in 72 AD; The Roman Forum, the centre of political & social life in ancient Rome; and The Sistine Chapel, famous for the ceiling painted by Michelangelo.
After checking out these fun and exciting places in Rome, prepare yourself for gastronomical delights and enjoy Roman delicacies like Carbonara, Gelato, Trapizzino, Porchetta, and Maritozzi.
Teenagers planning a trip to Rome can visit anytime between April and November.
Sydney has plenty to offer teenagers looking to have a fun time. The city houses Luna Vintage Park, an entertainment hub housing thrilling rides and Darling Harbour Cinema, where you can watch movies while paddle boating in the twilight. For animal lovers, Sydney has Taronga Zoo, housing chimpanzees, giraffes, African lions, and koalas, and Sydney Aquarium, where you can catch grey nurses, sharks, and stingrays swimming in the underwater world.
A trip to Sydney can’t be deemed complete without visiting the Sydney Opera House, an architectural masterpiece; the Australian National Maritime Museum, showcasing Australia’s rich maritime history; and Sydney Harbour Bridge which promises mesmerising views of the landscape.
Those who wish to enjoy some mouth-watering delicacies while in Sydney must try Barramundi, Sydney Rock Oyster, Avocado on Toast, Lamington Cake, and Potato Cake.
Teenagers should plan a trip to Sydney between September to November or February to May when the weather is lovely.
Situated in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is a popular tourist destination where teenagers can catch sight of ornate temples, Chinese pagodas, and sleek skyscrapers. To get a complete feel of the city’s fascinating culture, catching a ride on the hop-off bus is recommended. It will take you to the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Riverfront. If you love walking on the beachside, you can also go to Ho Tram Beach, Ho Coco Beach, and Long Hai for a relaxing experience.
When touring around Ho Chi Minh City, check out the Cu Chi Tunnels featuring reconstructed tunnels and huts, Ben Thanh Market for serious shopping, and The Bitexco Tower, to catch a 360-degree bird- view of the city.
If you want to try some authentic Vietnamese food while in Ho Chi Minh City, get your hands on Bun riêu cua, Gỏi cuốn, Chuối Nướng, Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang, and Bún bò.
Teens visiting Ho Chi Minh City should go anytime between December and March.
Teenagers looking for unique experiences when touring Bangkok should check out the train market known for selling vintage clothes and Chalerm La Park to look at the city's fine street art. They can also try activities like ice skating, surfing, fishing, and urban biking to have a good time. The escape room, where you have to decipher puzzles and use elements from the room to break out of a locked space is another unique experience to try when touring Bangkok.
Visit the Grand Palace Bangkok, the residence of kings of Siam since 1872; Bangkok National Museum for an educational tour; Siam Square, a shopper’s paradise; and Asiatique the Riverfront for night shopping.
Teenagers should try dishes like Pad Thai, Fried Banana Pancakes, Thai Boat Noodles, Thai Steamed Dumplings, and Thai Crepes when in Bangkok.
The best time to plan a trip to Thailand is from November to April.
Known for its artistic heritage, Amsterdam is a beautiful tourist destination. To enjoy its scenic beauty and soak in the history of the place, teenagers should opt for taking a canal cruise. Embarking on the Holland 5D flight, visiting the Amsterdam Zoo ( a zoo, an aquarium, a planetarium, and a collector of art and sculptures), and checking out the Graffiti Art Museum are other fun things to do in Amsterdam. Teenagers looking for some heart-thumping activities can go bungee jumping and go-karting during their trip.
The Upside Down Museum, designed to be experienced when standing on the ceiling; The Amsterdam Torture Museum, which gives an overview of what punishment was like during the middle ages; and the Madam Tussauds Museum featuring wax sculptures of popular figures are some must-visit attractions.
While in Amsterdam try Pannenkoeken, Stroopwafels, Dim Sum, Patat Friet, Appeltaart, and Jenever for a delightful experience.
Teenagers planning a trip to Amsterdam should go during April or September.
Teenage is one of the best times to explore new destinations. At this age, you are young, energetic, and stress-free. So, make the most of your teenage years and plan a trip to your favourite place from the destinations listed above.