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January 16, 2009

Travel and Teenagers, a Great Combination

Liam Neeson
Neeson at Condé Nast Traveler's
Readers' Choice Awards in 2007
Photo: AP/Peter Kramer

by Beata Loyfman

You may not know this, but we are serious fans of vertically gifted actor Liam Neeson. But after his recent statements about travel, we're downright devoted. Case in point: "American parents are too over-protective. If kids traveled a little bit more and saw more of the world, there'd be a lot more tolerance of other cultures, nations, and countries." Neeson claims that his teenage sons will be given backpacks and shown the door as soon as they turn 18.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Sure, if I had Neeson's money, I wouldn't mind sending the kids on a European jaunt either." But the good news is that these days, you don't have to spend a fortune to expand your teenager's horizons. First, check out these crafty tricks for snagging cheap airfares from AirfareWatchdog. Second, go on for incredible deals on lodgings in Europe. Third, book affordable and efficient intra-Europe train fares on Rail Europe. And fourth...could we tag along for the ride?

Further reading:
* Neesan may like to travel, but Adrien Brody's a homebody--and his home is a castle
* Boldface: Celebrity travels


Some kids take a gap year in between high school and college, and it works wonders--gets them out of the schol setting and helps them appreciate the world. Travelling brings good things and new experiences. Do it.


Spoken like a true travel aficionado. Do any pre-collegiate traveling of your own nyjim?

I spent a summer in Barcelona. Absolutely changed my life.

Has anyone else had a transformative teenage travel experience?
-Beata Loyfman

Why start with college kids? How about parents and kids bag-pack together!? One of my girlfriend took two boys ages 9 & 10 bag-pack throughout India. Those boys came back tough as a nail and very appreciative of what they have at home. The best lesson ever.

for families we have found this amazing lake lodge right n the middle of the Ozark Mountains...There the family can learn to waterski, go fishing, boating, hiking, basically something for the whole family...the website is

Anedodi looks amazing. What a find! I bet after a week of "roughing it" in a place like this, the teenagers might actually put away their PDAs from time to time.
-- Beata Loyfman

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