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TIPS FOR HOLIDAYS WITH TEENAGERS PLUS OUR HOLIDAY PICTURES

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We are just back from a family holiday to France and Germany with our teenagers.  I wanted to share with you some tips I have come back with!  It wasn’t all plain sailing to be honest but I do believe we all had a good time.

 

Below are some suggestions if you are planning a holiday with teenagers.

 

EVERYONE NEEDS SPACE

Of course they are still young but we opted for some of the trip to have the teenagers in their own hotel room.  It seemed to work well and not just for our boys but for us too!  Having the space after dinner certainly helped us and them.  As we all know teenage years are difficult, so having space for them to go to their own room is a great solution.

 

IT’S ALSO ABOUT SPENDING TIME TOGETHER

It doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday or you don’t have to fork out a small fortune to keep them entertained.  The majority of our favourite things on holiday were spending time talking and going for walks in the forests and taking pictures.  It also helped one of the hotels had a swimming pool for the boys to go and get a good work out!

 

 

GUIDE YOUR TEENAGER

Just like at home you will need to guide your teenager.  We found that being allowed to have free reign over the buffet was not the best thing we could have done!  This resulted in an upset tummy!  It might be helpful to guide your teenager through the food options and while they may wish to be adventurous, hopefully they won’t feel too bad after eating something they don’t normally eat!

 

BE PREPARED

The key to our success on holiday was being prepared, packing together, talking about what everyone should bring and allowing the boys to take responsibility for their own items and luggage.  My advice is to be prepared but also involve your teenager in the decisions – including times and places to visit!

 

HAVE A GOOD TIME

Your teenager will be free from all the usual pressures they normally have at home.  They will also be without their favourite games console so be prepared for a little grumpiness!  Having said that being on holiday with teenagers is a great time to reconnect and talk about things without the pressures of home life.

 

If all else fails you can console yourself that soon you will be able to holiday without your teenagers!

 

 

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REVIEW OF EXPLORIS AQUARIUM PORTAFERRY

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The lovely people at Exploris kindly provided us with tickets to try out the new and improved Aquarium in Portaferry.  It is Northern Ireland’s only aquarium which reopened after a £2m refurbishment, having been closed for almost two years.  It was also threatened with complete closure back in 2013 but thankfully it remains open.

 

Exploris is located in County Down in the lovely little town of Portaferry.  We decided to take our boys there as we haven’t been in many years – since the boys were very young.  Our day started by getting the ferry from Strangford over to Portaferry.  The boys were extremely excited but so was I – it was a big adventure as we normally don’t travel by ferry unless we’re going on summer holidays.

 

We visited Exploris during the Easter holidays so it was pretty busy but there was still plenty of room to get a good look at all the fish with staff available to answer any and all queries that we had!  Our boys were thrilled to see the sharks and be able to get up really close and personal.

 

They were also delighted to see the new reptile section with snakes and alligators.  This is a welcome addition as the boys would watch Steve Backshall in Deadly 60, so seeing these animals up close was a welcome surprise.

 

At the time we were visiting we also got to see a baby sea otter being fed.  Of course this attracted quite a crowd but our boys are so tall they could see fine!  Another favourite was getting to see the seals swimming especially when they came really close to the glass-sided tank.

 

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No visit to Exploris is complete without taking time to have a hot chocolate in the restaurant.  While it was busy, there was no waiting time as staff were very quick at serving.

 

I have no hesitation in recommending Exploris for kids of any age and with lots of other things to do nearby it is the ideal place to visit as part of your day out exploring Portaferry and the surrounding areas.

 

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