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
The eye rolls. The bickering. Their eyes glued to their phones and screens. Teenagers are complicated and moody. Parents sometimes wonder if it is worth the headache and expense of dragging a potentially reluctant, often grumpy teen on a trip? Traveling with teenagers is a big shift from our days of packing snacks and pushing strollers. However, experience is not always measured in dollars and traveling with teens can be an amazing family experience that brings you closer together. It doesn’t have to be challenging! Know what your teens like and enjoy. Does one love scuba diving and the other doesn’t want to learn? You may have to compromise and juggle ideas around until you come up with something the whole family will enjoy.
Teenagers need to know that the world is bigger than their high school. Travel is the best way to gain an understanding of how the world sees your own country or region. When you visit a country where none of you speak the language, travel lets kids see their parents flounder a bit, and that’s ok and may be a favorite memory later! Whether you’re looking for a vacation that tests physical strength, brings history to life or explores their heritage, Runway Travel has vacation ideas that are opportunities to have fun with your kids! View teen friendly destinations.
Runway Holiday 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.
Celebrate four days of Christmas at Nemacolin!
The magic of the Laurel Highlands awaits! Contact us and we’ll show you how our Virtuoso Amenities will enhance your experience even more.
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.
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: 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!