Modern family lives are often stressful and we feel disconnected. Family travel provides an opportunity to reunite by eating meals together, sight-seeing and having fun. This brings families closer physically, mentally, and emotionally. Travel also teaches children the importance of making memories and enjoying experiences, rather than wanting possessions.
Traveling With Teens
Runway Spotlight: Japan Family Tour with Anime & Manga
Japan is a dramatic tapestry of cultural and natural heritage woven from its pink cherry blossoms, snowy mountain peaks, meticulous ceremonies, and striking pagodas that crisscross the highly volcanic archipelago nation of nearly 7,000 islands. Over 60% of Japan is covered in mountains, with nine forest ecoregions ranging from subtropical to temperate, and its famous “Snow Monkeys” – the Japanese Macaque – are the northern-most non-human primate. The country’s varied climates and terrains lend themselves to world-class skiing, surfing, hiking, and soaking in an extensive network of traditional onsen – natural hot springs. Known globally for its hypermodern cities, a high-speed shinkansen bullet train connecting the country, and a renowned national cuisine, Japan is an inspiring study in contrasts between ancient and modern. Contact Runway Travel for pricing and availability and read our recommended 9-day Japan itinerary.
Runway Spotlight: Kimpton Seafire, Grand Cayman
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa offers a perfect vacation packed with fun and laughter with lots of exciting activities for both adults and kids. Located on the breathtaking shores of Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman – the resort’s Camp Seafire Kid Zone, Splash and spacious suites and bungalows make it an ideal spot for families to have the time of their lives and create memories to cherish forever.
You can treat the kids to a day of fun at Camp Seafire and relax and enjoy the beauty of the property and the island while an experienced team supervises the kids. Have a glass of bubbles in an airy cabana or lunch and a delightful pina colada at the beach bar Coccoloba. Later on, you can take advantage of Camp Seafire’s babysitting service and indulge in a romantic, private beach dinner or have a blast at the renowned Avecita Chef’s Table.
SPLASH is the newest addition to the amazing hospitality setting of Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. It is a fun-filled 14,000 sq. ft waterpark overseen by the Camp Seafire team.
Accommodation is also suited for family stays, with two bathrooms and a separate living area with bunk beds in the Family Suite or spacious private bungalows by the beach. Resort activities like sand sculpture classes, shell and shark tooth necklace making, temporary tattoos, hair braiding for the kids or yoga, boxfit and other sport classes for adults, are included in the resort fee, ensuring moments of joy and entertainment for the whole family! Contact Runway Travel for pricing and availability.
Iceland Family Travel
Geology is fascinating especially when it comes to life! Iceland delivers beauty and Thingvellir is one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart. See Runway Travel’s recommended 7-day Iceland itinerary. In one day you will walk behind a waterfull, snowmobile on top of a glacier and then travel across lava fields from one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions dating back to the 18th century. Another day you will go on a private glacier walk onto an ice field to see a wonderland of ice sculptures. Keep in mind, the Northern Lights are visible from September to early April. Your guide will help you maximize your chances of seeing the Auroras. Contact us for Iceland trip details.
Runway Spotlight: Etereo in the Riviera Maya
Etéreo in the Riviera Maya offers families culture, history, beautiful beaches and activities all at a gorgeous resort. Revel in the pure joy of family time at Etéreo, whose unique location floating over a forest of lush greenery and opening onto unspoiled white sand beaches set the stage for extraordinary adventures in nature. Learn about the surrounding flora with the in-house botanist, or paddle, kayak, snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean.
Parents deserve some alone time. Etéreo’s kids club Chavitos is a junior explorer’s paradise for adventures for ages 4 to 11. Chavitos offers an array of fun activities ranging from nature walks, water sports, to crafting your own alebrije, or Mexican spirit animal. For families with children 13+, Runway Travel recommends the Sabores cooking class where you’ll learn about the ancient xamach, or comal, Mexico’s hot cooking vessel, from their chefs and local experts. Make fresh tortillas and prepare delicious small dishes, which you can replicate at home in this hands-on culinary experience.
Contact Runway Travel to learn about the accommodation options, luxury amenities and the dedicated kids club that ensures a relaxing time for all.
Runway Spotlight: Nemacolin
Runway Travel is thrilled to introduce Nemacolin — a four-season, luxury resort — to our clients. Nemacolin is nestled in the mountains of the Laurel Highlands, southwest of Pittsburgh, across 2,200 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Experience real-life magic with a personally curated retreat to Nemacolin, featuring five lodging options, five-star dining, spa and wellness facilities, golf on two Pete Dye-designed courses, adventurous activities, and year-round events. Elevated accommodations range from the thrilling grandeur of The Chateau and modern elegance of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Falling Rock, both recipients of the Forbes Travel Guide 2022 Awards, to the refreshing ease of The Lodge as well as The Homes and the privacy of The Estates. Our clients have come to expect award-winning spa and wellness services, breathtaking grounds, family adventures, and world-renowned golf. Nemacolin also offers Orvis-endorsed fly fishing, clay shooting, countless outdoor activities, snow sports, shopping, horseback riding, dogsledding, wildlife experiences, art tours, Jeep off-roading, and magical seasonal events. Familiarize yourself more with this amazing resort and sample a 5-day itinerary.
Runway Spotlight: Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Discover the magic for everyone at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, a 26 acre lakeside paradise. An exclusive oasis within the grounds of Walt Disney World® Resort, Four Seasons provides guests with true luxury services and accommodations. Four Seasons perfectly blends the carefree whimsey of the Magic Kingdom Park ® with the intimate, personal service and luxurious touches Four Seasons is world-renowned for. With an expansive Spa, adult-only pool plus a 5-acre waterpark, 18-holes of Tom Fazio golf at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club, three Har-Tru tennis courts, and much more, the resort allows guests of all ages and interests to have an unparalleled getaway filled with fun experiences.
Runway Travel Tips and Tricks:
- Book a late flight and enjoy a park or hotel facilities. There is a late departure lounge where you can refresh before your flight.
- Children ages 5 and under staying at the Resort eat for free every day (kids menu items only) with the purchase of one adult meal at the following restaurants: Ravello, The Lobby Bar, Capa, Capa Lounge, Plancha and PB&G. (Excludes the Character Breakfast at Ravello, Lickety Split, In-Room Dining and the poolside menu.)
- Enjoy a Character Breakfast at the hotel without the park hassle with Goofy and his Pals every Thursday and Saturday! Reservations are strongly recommended, your Runway Travel Advisor will make these arrangements.
- Dine at Capa – one of the few Michelin Starred restaurants in Orlando! Reservations are strongly recommended as well.
- Book a Park View Room or Suite so you can enjoy the nightly fireworks from your own balcony.
- Surprise and delight little ones with a play tent just for them.
- Contact us to book your Disney VIP guide – it’s the best way to use your time wisely and get around the parks.
When you book with Runway Travel, you will receive:
- Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (excluding character breakfast)
- Hotel/Resort Credit* (based on room category booked) Guest Rooms: $100 credit per stay, Suites and Specialty Suites: $200 credit per stay
- Upgrade one category based on availability at check-in time (excludes suites)
European Family Travel
Kids probably think that a European vacation is looking at castle after castle and a million churches. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Seeing the Parisian iconic monuments in a private horse-drawn carriage is much more fun then getting on and off a bus! It’s hard not to enjoy a private lesson from a chocolatier in London. If baking is more your interest, a Portuguese pastry chef will teach you how to make pasties de nata, a national delicacy. Runway Travel has compiled a list of fun, memorable European family activities all will enjoy.
Runway Spotlight: The Preserve Sporting Club
Runway Travel is exicted to feature this unique destination, The Preserve Sporting Club in Richmond, RI. Located on 3,600 scenic acres, just 20 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, The Preserve is famous for the most amenity-rich sporting community in the country! This four season destination has dozens of activities for all ages. To name a few on property activities, there is fly and ice fishing, pickelball courts, an equestrian center and 25-station sporting clay courses. After fitness classes or a day at the spa, perhaps you’d like to have dinner in the Maker’s Mark Hobbit House? Runway Travel recommends this Preserve Sporting Club 3-day itinerary.
Are you ready to experience the most life-enhancing resort oasis in the country? Contact us and we’ll curate the most impeccable, white glove service redefined for indoors and out.
Runway Spotlight: The Salamander Resort & Spa
One of Runway Travel’s favorite family destinations is the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA. It is the most peaceful environment that will help the whole family forget the tensions of work and school. This timeless destination will rejuvenate the mind and body.
The Salamander Resort & Spa is a Forbes Five-Star resort set in the countryside and is the ultimate place of discovery and the epitome of luxury. It is dedicated to health and wellness between the spa, equestrian facilities, cooking studio and offers endless outdoor activities such as zip lining through the treetops, tennis, nature hikes, and archery. Discover exciting adventures, romantic escapades and plenty of family-friendly activities right on the property. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a complimentary putting green for aspiring golfers, full equestrian center, and lawn games including croquet, bocce ball, corn hole and life-sized chess. Also, discover the surrounding area and browse local boutique shops, explore local wineries and enjoy exclusive golf privileges at Creighton Farms.
The top five family activities at the Salamander are:
No. 1: Equestrian experiences
No. 2: Zipline through the treetops
No. 3: Shopping and history in Middleburg
No. 4: Sunday family style brunch at Harrimans
No. 5: Sweet family treats
Are you ready to take in the breathtaking views of the countryside? Contact us and we’ll curate the perfect family-friendly itinerary in Virginia’s horse country.
Runway Spotlight: Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar
The California Coast is literally at your feet at Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar. Take a leisurely walk along the shore or enjoy the ocean breeze as you bike ride from Manhattan Beach to Malibu. Nature lovers will enjoy moderate or challenging hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. Arts aficionados can spend time wandering local galleries, the world renowned Getty Villa, Broad Collection, LACMA and the Academy of Museum of Motion Pictures. Explore our other Beyond the Beach activities!
Top five local family activities at Shutters are:
No. 1: Riding bikes along the strand from Manhattan Beach to Malibu
No. 2: Surfing or bodyboarding at the beach
No. 3: Hiking Santa Monica or Malibu Mountains
No. 4: Shopping at Santa Monica Place, Montana Avenue or Abbott Kinney
No. 5: Visiting Getty Villa, Bergamot or Hammer Museum
Have you had enough cold weather and are ready to get your feet wet? Contact us and we’ll curate the perfect family-friendly itinerary on the California coast.
Runway Spotlight: Terranea, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Terranea (terra-NAY-a) Resort is poised above the Pacific on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. A hidden gem on the Los Angeles coast, this 102-acre luxury Southern California resort destination is surrounded by tranquil waves and offers a whole new world of relaxation and adventure that words just can’t describe. The Palos Verdes Peninsula was once part of the Channel Islands, a sister to the island you see to the west, Catalina Island. You will feel like you are a world away, yet the resort is only 45 minutes from LAX and half hour to one hour from all the major Los Angeles areas and sites (SoFi Stadium, Crypto.com Arena, Disneyland, Hollywood, World Cruise Center, etc.) Check out Terranea events and activities along with the Virtuoso amenities you’ll receive when booking through Runway Travel!