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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.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS FROM FOUR SEASONS RESORTS

As a Preferred Partner of Four Seasons, TopFlight Travels is able to provide its clients with wonderful savings and added-value amenities at Four Seasons Resorts around the World.  These amenities include a full-category room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, free internet and either a spa credit or food & beverage credit.  In addition to these exclusive benefits, TopFlight Travels gets its clients special deals that Four Seasons offers only to its Preferred Partners.  You can contact me for information on all the special offers. My favorite current offers by Four Seasons are listed below to help you narrow down your options:

1.  Four Seasons Hotel Chicago: Enjoy holiday shopping on Chicago's Magnificent Mile and stay at the amazing Four Seasons Hotel Chicago!  I can guarantee you an upgrade to an executive suite for all new standard guest room reservations for travel through December 10, 2013. If you book a suite, you will receive a guaranteed upgrade to the next suite category at time of booking.  This is an incredible savings!!!
 

2.  Four Seasons Hotel New York:  Four Seasons Hotel New York is giving premier access to a limited number of guest rooms during Super Bowl 2014. Because of my Preferred Partner status, I can book my clients into Four Seasons Hotel New York before anyone else. This pre-sale opportunity is only available until November 27, 2013. Next year marks the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  A limited number of rooms per category are available with Rates beginning at $1,595 plus tax in the Grand City View King for a four night minimum with full prepayment. Of course, TopFlight Travels' clients also receive the added value Preferred Partner amenities (daily breakfast for two people; USD100 spa credit). 
 

3.  Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis:  Enjoy a staycation at this fabulous hotel!  For stays through March 31, 2014, I can get you a guaranteed room upgrade at the time of booking.  
  

4.  Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler:  Book early to ski free! Reserve the Early Bird Ski Whistler package by November 15, 2013, to receive two complimentary lift passes and a host of other valuable amenities. In addition, book the package for seven nights in a Four Seasons Executive Suite or higher accommodation category and you'll also receive transfers to and from Vancouver International Airport. With access to over 3,200 hectares (8,000 acres) of skiable terrain, all levels of skier will have something to celebrate at Four Seasons Resort Whistler, North America's largest ski resort. 
 

5.  Four Seasons Resort Carmelo, Uruguay:  Try something new this holiday season!  For stays through January 2, 2014, I can provide you with a $150 resort credit, in addition to the room upgrade, $100 food and beverage credit and free wifi.

 

Why should you book through TopFlight Travels?  We can always get you the absolute best value and VIP amenities from our friends at luxury hotels Worldwide.  These are just a sampling of exclusive offers I can obtain for you.  Call Julie at 314-608-4553 or julie@topflighttravels.com for additional information.