We talked to the travel experts about what holidaymakers and their parents should know before taking that big trip.
‘Before you set off, make copies of your passport, tickets, cash cards, insurance details and any other documents you will be taking with you for your parents,’ advises travel blogger Gretta Schifano of Mums Do Travel(@grettaschifano). ‘Parents, keep these copies in a handy place so you can help to sort things out if the originals are lost or stolen.'
‘Always take out travel insurance,’ says Sean Tipton, spokesman for travel trade association ABTA (@ABTAtravel). ‘Young people sometimes don’t consider insurance, but you're much more likely to need it abroad if things go wrong.’
Even if you’re just travelling in the UK, travel insurance can help protect your possessions if they get lost, stolen or damaged.
'A volunteer project in the natural world, such as Borneo to see Orangutans, can be a dream come true as a first holiday without the family,' says Max Sinclair, founder of ecocompanion.com (@MnSinclair). 'But inoculations might be needed, so check out FitForTravel by the NHS for up-to-date travel health advice.'
‘My teenager is going off to her first festival this summer with friends. I got them a five-person tent and made them practice putting it up in the garden,' says parenting blogger and author Emma Bradley (@emmaand3). 'They managed it with help from a YouTube video, and this has given them, and me, confidence that they can do it in a field.’
For more tips on preparing for a festival, read our festival-goer's guide to keeping your stuff safe this summer.
'Look at the Foreign Office website for advice on destinations you are travelling to,' suggests Sean. 'You might be doing something illegal or socially unacceptable in that particular country without realising it.
'For example, in Thailand showing the soles of your feet to someone is incredibly rude, so by taking your flip flops off and putting your feet on a chair, you could be insulting your waiter.'
'I recall the overwhelming excitement of my first parent-free trip. As soon as I left the house, all the sensible advice went out the window, including the importance of budgeting each day,' says Adam Coulter, UK managing editor of Cruise Critic (@CruiseCriticUK).
'When you have a fresh wad of euros in your pocket, it's easy to forget they're not self-replenishing. If I had my time again, I'd avoid that awkward mid-holiday call to my parents to request another loan, and try to make my budget last the duration of my trip.'
'Parents, talk with your child before they go about what to do if they feel under pressure to do things they don't want to,' says best-selling parenting writer and broadcaster Liz Fraser (@lizfraser1). 'Make sure they feel very confident to play things their way, and not get swept along.'