by Liberty Stembridge, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 16th April, 2019
Being a teenager ain't the easiest job, and its common to feel trapped or isolated in your own little world, with a burning desire to get out and explore the world and really start "living life" Whether you're a teen who's desperate to get out and about, or a parent of a teen wondering what to do with them, don't worry - i've got you covered.
If you're a younger teen, travelling with your family is probably the only viable option, so here's some awesome destinations to convince your family to escape to.
Hawaii has been the ultimate family holiday destination for a long time, and if you live in America, it's only a hop skip and a jump (over the ocean) away.
Even if you don't, it's still well worth a visit. This tiny volcanic islands in the middle of the pacific ocean hold some incredibly adventures just waiting to happen. From surfing at the beach to trekking up mountains, Hawaii is an absolute goldmine of fun and beauty.
Gorge yourself on incredible traditional Hawaiian food and then burn off the calories whitewater rafting on the Big Island. If you're looking to get a full look at all the islands and what they hold, you can jump from one to the other by boat or plane.
Fancy a road trip, some epic views and an adventure outdoors? The grand canyon has it all - with epic views that are sure to impress even the grumpiest of kids. Turn off the phones and enjoy the day as a family on a self-guided or paid tour.
London is an incredible city (and i'm not just saying that because I grew up there). It's history dates back as far as the Roman times and you can see that in the houses, cobbled streets and various historical monuments.
Despite its rich history, London is also one of the most modern cities in the world, a hub of opportunity, culture and artistic excellence.
There's an abundance of museums, markets, tours and exhibitions on at all times, whether you want to explore the London Dungeons, Borough Market or The Houses Of Parliament, there truly is something for everyone.
And if you get tired of the crazy London pace of life, it's barely an hour drive to the stunning Surrey Hills, where you can hike lazily through the countryside and stop off at the pub for lunch.
Another famous cosmopolitan city steeped in history - Rome, and another great trip for families. Italy is an incredibly beautiful country, and if you're looking for somewhere to start off your exploration, Rome couldn't be a better choice. It's full of everything you could want, and by that I mean of course - pizza and ice cream, practically on tap.
If you're an older teen wanting to travel more but don't necessarily want to go alone, travelling with your mates is the perfect solution. If you can plan it right, travelling with your friends will almost certainly be one of the most memorable trips of your life.
Amsterdam is one of the best cities in Europe to visit with friends, no matter what you're going there for. It might have a bit of a rep as being the drug capital, but in reality, Amsterdam is a beautiful city full of culture, food and fun.
Hands down the best time to visit Amsterdam is the summer, where you can take a paddle boat down the canals, eat ice cream in the parks, rent a bike and explore some incredible street art or even hit up a festival (it's host to over 300 festivals a year, so chances are you'll find one).
America was made for road trips - quite literally. There's no better way to get around the country than by car, and with the abundance of national parks, incredible cities and beautiful scenery, you'll never be bored.
A summer road trip with a friend or two might be just what you need to quell that feeling of wanderlust. If you want to do it cheaply, you can even take a tent and pitch up for free in many places (just be sure to check beforehand).
Australia is a huge country, and being so far away from pretty much everywhere else, it can seem pretty intimidating at first, which is why going with a friend is a much more feasible option for many people.
It's also one of the best destinations to lose your backpacking virginity. Plan for the adventure of a lifetime, whether it's road tripping down the great ocean road, exploring the outback or chilling on the desolated but stunning white sand beaches of esperance, there's nothing quite like Australia.
If you're ready to make a gap year out of it, you can travel on a working holiday visa and work while you're out there to supplement your travels.
Travelling solo as a teenager is scary, especially the first time, but it is possible and a lot of fun once you get into it.
Backpacking Europe is almost like a rite of passage, it's an incredible adventure if you have the opportunity. Interrailing allows you to travel across Europe cheaply and easily through the huge network of European public transport.
You'll meet people from all walks of life, explore the incredible history of each country, each of which has its own unique culture and way of life.
Looking for something a bit different? Thailand is the place to go. It's affordable paradise with a large number of backpackers travelling there every year to explore an entirely new culture and way of life whilst also having fun.
There's something for everyone and you're almost guaranteed to make new friends.
As appealing as hopping on a flight and arriving in a totally new place is, sometimes it's worth giving your own home country a shot. Many people miss out on all that their own native land has to offer simply because it seems mundane.
In reality, not only can you save on money, but you can also gain a new appreciation for your country and all the wonders it holds. Even if you don't think there's anything to see or do, I can pretty much guarantee that there is, whether it's a new city you've never been to before or an escape to the countryside.
This is especially good if you're new to solo travel and want to dip your toe in the water, since you'll be familiar with public transport, culture and have no problem with language barriers.