Family Vacations: Where to take your teenagers.

I love traveling with teenagers!!  They are so excited to see the World and really appreciate their new experiences.  Where to go just depends on their interests and how adventurous they like to be.  Consider one of the following adventures for your teenagers:

 Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat

Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat

Clayoquot Wildnerness Resort.  I am most excited about this choice for families with teenagers who like the outdoors.  It is a very exclusive, eco-safari destination located on the Western edge of Vancouver Island, Canada.  You fly into Vancouver, then take a scenic 45 minute private seaplane transfer across Vancouver Island, landing at the resort.  Accommodations consist of 20 luxury tents beautifully furnished with hardwood floors, ensuite bathrooms and an indoor/outdoor shower.  The tents sleep 5 people, so they are perfect for families.  The food is incredible, and the resort recently earned the distinction as a Relais & Chateaux property.  Daily activities are customized based on each guest’s interests, weather, animal sightings and your willingness to go wild!  You may choose to learn how to surf (very popular in this region-wear your wetsuit!), hike on Flores Island, kayak, ride your horse through the rainforest, fish, zip line, enjoy heli-hiking, visit wildlife such as black bears, whales or enjoy the onsite spa.  All these activities, meals and drinks are all-inclusive.  Thus, a family can enjoy as many or as little activities as they wish.  Visitors to this resort come from all over the World.  Some families stay up to two weeks!  I visited this resort last summer and cannot recommend it more highly for families with teens.

Photo by Anup Shah/Digital Vision / Getty Images
Photo by Anup Shah/Digital Vision / Getty Images

African Safari.  Another favorite option for families with teens is a safari in South Africa.  South Africa is a great place to visit with your children, because its wildlife is plentiful, while its infrastructure is better than other countries.  I think Micato Safaris is your best choice with your family.  Don’t take my word for it though.  Travel & Leisure magazine has voted Micato Safaris the best 9 years in a row.  The company is family owned by Felix and Jane Pinto, whose children and teenage grandchildren are active in the company.    On a Micato safari, you are a VIP everywhere you go.  It is a blend of excitement and elegance, a place of delightful surprises and uncommon luxury.  You may even find yourself at the Pinto’s home enjoying dinner with them on your first evening.  The Pinto’s treat their guests, as Travel & Leisure notes, like “well-loved, out-of-town relatives.”  Any African safari is a journey of a lifetime, however, 

Photo by MLiberra/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by MLiberra/iStock / Getty Images

Iceland.  Another great trip with teens is Iceland.  Experience nature, culture and adventure at the edge of the Arctic Circle.  This is a trip for active families to explore a mystical, raw, wild landscape by land, water and air.  I recommend Backroads for this active trip.  They do a terrific job of designing trips that ensure a wonderful time is had by family members of all ages.  You fly into Reykjavik, Iceland and travel by bike, foot, Zodiac, plane, horse and “super jeep” through incredible geologic wonders, from glaciers and geysers to volcanoes and sea stacks.  After riding hardy Icelandic horses, you may relax in geothermal pools.  Again, this is a trip of a lifetime.

New York City.  Everyone remembers their first trip to Manhattan.  The parents and children in your family can enjoy the trip if done correctly.  There is nothing better than having a private guide and driver take you to the city highlights, such as Rockefeller Center, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, The New York Stock Exchange and Grand Central Station, just to name a few.  Everyone will also want to visit the 9/11 Memorial.  Your teens are at the right age to appreciate the events that took place when they were babies.  There are also so many unique things to do in New York, such as a scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and dinner at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Jazz at Lincoln Center.  One day must be dedicated to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum, where you learn what it was like for an immigrant child living in in the 19th Century and tour their restored home.  It truly brings history to life.  See Central park while in a pedicab, take a tour of NBC, dine at Katz’s Deli and catch a family friendly Broadway show.  Make sure that your trip is organized prior to your visit and includes activities of interest to all family members to ensure that everyone has a wonderful time.

Contact me at 314-780-8845 or julie@topflighttravels.com for more information on traveling with your teenagers.