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Interesting Holidays for Teenagers

Updated on September 2, 2013
Holiday Destinations
Holiday Destinations

Finding somewhere for teenagers to go in the summer holidays often mean finding somewhere which is fun and suitable for their age group.

Young teenagers may have to holiday with a responsible adult while older teenagers are able to go alone or with a group of friends.

Vacations for the Studious

If you are a teenager taking time out from your studies or wanting to learn, there are plenty of holiday ideas to inspire you.

Learning History and Culture

There are cities all over the world with interesting and historic sites, museums and buildings. You can explore many areas on day trips to get the most out of your learning.

Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome
The Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum, Rome

Places to Visit


Get yourself an Oyster card and travel the city in England using the underground tube system and famous red buses. You can book yourself on a guided tour on an open topped bus and see all the buildings, the London eye, St Paul's Cathedral and River Thames.

Museums to see include the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, British Museum and the Imperial War Museum.


Italy is known for it's ruins and architecture. Tourists and pilgrims also visit Vatican City to see the impressive cathedral St Peter's Basilica.

To see the works of the artist Micheal Angelo, La Pieta is situated inside St Peter's Basilica. Or see his Painting on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel.

Whilst in Rome, you have the opportunity to see the Colosseum, which was an arena when gladiators battled against slaves. Or the ancient building Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.


Amsterdam in Holland is an interesting city of canals and art galleries. There is cool art on the street and plenty of market stalls. Or you can head off into the countryside for a bike ride.

Museums to see include the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum, Ann Frank house and the Stedelijk Museum.

There is also a cheese museum, a house boat museum and an Olympic Experience!




Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury
Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury
Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival

Summer Music Festivals

During the summer months there are endless music festivals taking place. If you enjoy hitting the campsite, can tolerate a bit of mud and you can live with the portaloos, you'll love this experience.

The benefits of festivals are that you can see many different live bands over the long weekend. You will hear music you have never heard before and appreciate the outdoor life.

Some festivals have other entertainment such as stand up comedians, disco's, shows for children and a cinema.

Most festivals are set out with different areas of market stalls, bars and cafes as well as the stages for bands to play.

Festivals are family friendly so you can go with your family or a group of friends.

Some festivals to get tickets for include:

  • Glastonbury, UK
  • Reading and Leeds festival, UK
  • Creamfields, UK
  • Rock Werchter, Belgium
  • Woodstock, Poland
  • Sonisphere, Spain
  • Lowlands, Netherlands
  • Hard Summer, US
  • Equifunk, US
  • 4knots festival, US

Water Sports Holidays

Many resorts set up clubs for young people to try out various water sports. For sun, sea and surf a fun way to enjoy this holiday is to give it a go.

Many of the activities range from wind sailing, surfing and body boarding. There may be yacht sailing schools available too.

Speak to your travel agent about these types of getaways. You may be offered a wide range from scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing and water scooter with resorts in France, Egypt, Turkey and Indonesia.

Water Parks

If swimming is more appealing, try some of the water park resorts in Europe and abroad. They all have water slides, wave machines or you can swim in the many zones of these large pools.

There are water parks in Corfu, Rhodes, Egypt, and Costa Dorada.


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Parents Get Lost!

PGL (Parents Get Lost) are specially dedicated to teens. Short breaks and summer camps are offered in Britain, Spain and France for these age groups to get away from it all, including their parents!

The company are aimed for those up to the age of 17, although they do offer family holidays as well.

The idea is for youngsters to gain a little independence and holiday with their friends by taking part in adventure holidays or courses

.Theme Parks

Theme parks are a great way to have fun with friends. If you have a head for heights and a stomach for speed you'll enjoy the rides available.

Book yourself for a day out or even stay in a hotel to make the most of it over a few days. You can explore the whole theme park in your own leisure and go on roller coasters, log flumes and pirate ships!

There will be smaller and tamer rides too as well as cafes, entertainment, gardens or zoos.

Theme parks in Britain include Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park.

For larger themed parks go to Disney Land Paris or Disney Land Florida. They are for people of any age and there is plenty to do.

As well as rides there are unique shops, Disney characters, shows, restaurants and golf courses.

Out in the Countryside

If you don't want to venture too far or spend a lot of money, why not go camping with friends. Use an official camp site and make the most of what is around you.

Take your mountain bikes and ride around safe areas popular among cyclists.

Or perhaps try these other activities:

  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • BMX biking
  • Go carting
  • Volley ball on the beach

The list is endless, so enjoy!


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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Great hub - I'd love to go as it sounds amazing. You did a good job :)

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      Turkic 5 years ago

      I wrote my Hub maybe you will read it

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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Turkic I think you should! There are so many great cities to visit and Istanbul is a place I have never been to.

      I love forward to your hub!

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      Turkic 5 years ago

      I am a teenager and I loved the city Istanbul, maybe I'll write my experience there

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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi linda and Simone - thanks for your comments!

      My niece goes on PGL and loves it. I wish I could have done it at her age, especially as it gets her away from it all :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm not exactly a teenager, but all of this sounds GREAT to me! What fabulous ideas. PGL particularly sounds like a fantastic escape for adolescents. Thanks for the Hub!

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Heck I'm way, way, way past the teen years, but I even got some great ideas from your Hub! Thanks for sharing these fine holiday suggestions.

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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Sid, it's so important for young people to go out there and learn new cultures and explore.

      Some of these things are appealing to adults too or can be done as a family. Thanks for reading.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is a fine article, Emma. My wife and I don't have children, but this does remind me of my wanderings to England and France - on my own - museums and local culture - when I was 17. Keep encouraging people to expand their horizons!

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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks CassyLu1981 - it can't be easy to accept the fact that teenagers want to go and do their own thing, and we want them to be safe. But keeping them busy help them to learn and be independent :)

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      To think, my kids will be teenagers before I know it, and wanting to run off on their own adventures around the world. *sigh* I can not wait to see what exciting things they have in their futures :) Great ideas for teen! Voted up and shared!

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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you so much ishwaryaa22. Some of these holiday ideas are great for grown ups too!

      I would like the idea of my teenager (when he gets to that age) to do an outdoor activity to keep fit and active, especially in the summer.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging & helpful hub for both teenagers & grown-ups! The various handy options mentioned by you sound very interesting and relaxing, especially for teenagers & young people like me! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.