Family vacations with teens can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved, but finding ways to keep them engaged and away from their cell phones can be a bit of a challenge. Santa Barbara, on California's Pacific Coast, can be an ideal destination for families. With its nearly perfect weather, beautiful scenery and laid-back lifestyle, Santa Barbara has plenty of ways for everyone to have fun.
By Hainan Airlines
What do you do when the kids need a diversion from the sprawling pool complexes and palm tree-covered beaches of a tropical resort? If you are staying at Barcelo’s Maya Grand Resort, there’s an exciting new option that’s literally right across the street.
The college tour is a rite of passage. Some teens take multiple trips to check out colleges including teacher-led class tours to a series of schools or an overnight with a friend to visit older pals already at college. The most likely scenario, however, is one or more parent-child trips. The fact is while many parents worry about their child’s wellbeing, about an empty-nest, their own finances or taking the time off work to make the trip, most teens are nervous about the prospective interviews and stressed about making a decision. After all, by the time they head for college tours, they’ve heard it for a lifetime: College is going to determine your career, your life, even who you may marry. The scenario is a touch-and-go situation before you even get in the car for the airport or the trip. So, it makes sense for the adults in the room to consider some techniques that make the best of a campus tour trip. These ideas may work.