Being a teenager is tough. As much as you’re trying to figure yourself out, the world tries to tell you who you’re supposed to be. Many teenagers don’t know what to do with all the pressure and so just try their best to ride the unpredictable waves of life. However, all the pressures of life can be pretty exhausting, and sometimes all you really need are a few weeks away from the world; a few weeks of nothing but relaxation and contemplation, and some adventure too, just in case you forget what life is all about. Here are some of the best places on the planet for teens to do just that!
1) Swakopmund, Namibia
Guaranteed to make your Geography teacher green with envy, visit Namibia and witness the meeting of ocean and desert, sand and saltwater. Stay in Swakopmund, a coastal city eager to make your acquaintance. Featuring some of the biggest dunes in the world, which, of course, means some unforgettable sand boarding opportunities. The city also boasts gorgeous architecture and sandy beaches. With picture-perfect blue skies and friendly locals, Swakopmund surprises just as much as it delights.
2) New York, USA
This famous city hardly needs any introduction, which is another reason why you should experience it with your own eyes. A densely populated, exciting and elating concrete jungle with enough restaurants to keep your taste buds entertained until the end of time. New York remains one of those incredible itches that everyone wants to scratch. Throw in a visit to Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square, and you have a vacation you’ll remember long after you graduate!
3) Hua Hin, Thailand
While everyone is always eager to rush off to Bangkok or Phuket, why not visit Thailand’s original beach resort: Hua Hin? A delightful mix of sea and city, offering you some of the world’s best water parks, lively night markets, and deliciously affordable cuisine. The larger cities do have a lot to offer, but they can quickly become overcrowded with tourists — especially during the high season. And while Hua Hin can get busy, it’s never as bad as the main cities. This is great because at least you’ll actually be able to enjoy some time away from the world, instead of being drowned in cameras and panicking expats who can’t remember where they put their passports! If you want a unique (and slightly calmer) experience of Thailand, Hua Hin has everything you need.
4) Orlando, Florida, USA
It’s difficult to talk about Orlando without mentioning Walt Disney World. See? This central city is home to more than a dozen theme parks, and you’re very likely to find yourself strolling not just through the city itself, but through Hogwarts, LEGO-Land, and Disney’s Magic Kingdom. With theme parks everywhere you look and great weather overhead, this destination is a definite way to help tick a few names off of your bucket list!
5) Cape Town, South Africa
A city unlike any other, Cape Town remains one of the must-see destinations for all travelers the world over. Visit the unforgettable Table Mountain, the beautifully scenic wine route (there needs to be something for the folks to enjoy too, right?) and experience the electric nightlife of the inner city. And let’s not forget the wealth of delicious and unique restaurants that line the city streets. Even though you’re still a teenager, Cape Town will have you planning for your retirement!
6) Biarritz, France
While surfing in France might not be a connection you’d instantly make when thinking about either surfing or France, it turns out that France’s beaches, and especially the beaches in Biarritz, an elegant seaside town in southwestern France, are perfect for surfing. Stay in France or add it to the list of countries to visit as you travel through Europe. With beautiful architecture and gorgeous scenery, this destination will breathe new life into your Instagram account too!
Life can get stressful, especially when you’re still trying to figure things out for yourself. It’s often been said that travel is the key to growth, and that seeing and experiencing the world is one of the best ways to help you see and experience yourself. Regardless of what anyone has to say, being a teenager is tough, and, sadly, many people don’t look back at their teenage years with much enthusiasm. Fortunately, with destinations like these, you’re very likely to look back at your teenage years with gratitude and laughter, wondering why you ever even worried in the first place – enjoy!