Teens and the Beach: A Travel Blogger’s Personal Experience
My daughter and I just got back from a mother-daughter getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, one of our best trips ever. We escaped the busy schedule at home for four uninterrupted days of girl time.
As I planned the weekend, I thought about her interests and planned most of our trip around that. And, I made sure not to overcrowd the schedule. We’re so busy at home -- we both welcomed the less hectic pace at the beach. No. We needed it!
Flying home at the end of the trip, she looked over to me with a smile and said, “That was one of the best weekends ever. Thanks, Mom.” High praise from a 14-year-old, for sure!
Where to stay when traveling with teens
At home, my daughter has her own space. We eat dinner together every night and play board games almost as often, but she likes her “me time.”
On our trip to the beach, we stayed in a beachfront condo. We each had our own bedroom and bathroom - space for me time. When the day was over, she’d retreat to her room to read while I did some blog work before heading off to bed.
Yes, we were vacationing together. But that doesn’t have to mean 24/7 together!
As far as where to stay, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have accommodations to fit just about every budget. These are two great suite hotel options for travel with teens:
For a more homelike experience, there are lots of beach condos and cottages along Alabama’s beaches. We loved our stay at Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts in Orange Beach. It’s hard to beat the location - with great Gulf views from our balcony and a central location in the heart of it all.