Apr 102013
Outdoor Family Travel Adventures Are Always Tops with Teens

Eco-friendly nature and adventure travel are usually a major hit with teens and tweens but it isn’t always easy to find an outfitter or tour company that really understands the needs of families traveling on outdoor vacations with teens and tweens.   Thankfully, more and more adventure travel companies are recognizing the unique interests of families with teens, tweens and college students.  Some of the travel opportunities that have recently caught our eye include: Cruising the Galapagos Ecoventura operates an environmentally friendly fleet of small 20-passenger yachts in the Galapagos Islands and features  family departures exclusively for families, most of which travel with children age 12-21. Located about 600 miles west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands were created five million years ago by undersea volcanic eruptions. Pirates once used the islands as [...]

Mar 202012
Visit The Hunger Games Movie Filming Locations in North Carolina

Our high school freshman and her friends are counting the hours until the release of The Hunger Games movie on Friday, March 23rd.  The Princess spent most of her Winter school vacation week reading the trilogy from cover to cover, and we have spent hours discussing the plot and characters.  For those who still don’t know much about the series, it tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic North America where an oppressive government forces teens and tweens to battle one another to the death in a nationally broadcast ritual known as the Hunger Games. What we only learned recently is that The Hunger Games movie filmed many of its outdoor scenes on location in western North Carolina.   If you are going to be visiting the area this spring or summer you can [...]

Mix it Up on Family Golf Vacations with Teens and Tweens

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Jan 112012
Mix it Up on Family Golf Vacations with Teens and Tweens

The 2012 PGA Tour is just getting started, and many avid golfers are watching on TV.  Seeing the stars on beautiful courses is also getting a lot of golf fans  inspired to organize a family vacation that includes a couple of rounds of golf  on courses that offer something different than their local club.  But, what about the rest of the family? Every golfer with kids, teens or tweens knows that balancing golfing desires with competing family interests can be challenging.  If you are lucky, the teens might share your excitement for a family trip to play courses in Ireland or Scotland.  Others, however, might roll their eyes at the idea of hitting the links as the high point of a family vacation.  To keep them happy, you need to plan a vacation that can mix up the golf  [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

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Dec 302011
New Year's Resolutions for 2012

As we approach New Year’s Eve its clear that many changes are coming to the Travel with Teens and Tweens household in 2012.  With #1 Son going off to college in the fall, things will never be the same — but — rather than focus on past, we’re looking ahead to 2012 with the following list of resolutions to celebrate this coming year of change! Resolution #1 : Celebrate #1 Son’s graduation from high school and transition to college – somewhere!  With two acceptances in hand, and several more on the way (we hope) it is just a question of where and when rather than if… Resolution #2 : Squeeze in one more family vacation with the four of us to one of our all time favorite destinations – – the house at the Jersey [...]

October Family Travel Ideas

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Oct 052011
October Family Travel Ideas

October  is a wonderful time of year for quick family getaways, particularly over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend.  Here in New England the evenings are chilly but the days are warm and the leaves are ablaze.   As a result, it is no surprise that our email is overflowing with great family travel offers, contests and inspiration for October family travel fun.  Here are some of the best ones that have come our way recently: Four Seasons Luxury Family Vacation Contest Family travel experts  Poshbrood, Luxury Travel Mom, and Ciao Bambino have partnered with Four Seasons to offer three unbelievable luxury family giveaways!  Over the next two weeks they will be giving away  Ski, Beach, and City vacations — to the Four Seasons Resort Vail, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, and Four [...]

Jun 072011
Summer Family Travel Off the Beaten Path with Teens and Tweens

     With summer coming we’ve been sharing ideas for getting outside with your teens and tweens.  So far we’ve featured our five favorite state and national parks, plus special reader dude ranch discounts and deals.   Today, we are featuring a couple more options for family trips off the beaten path in and around more state and national parks. Explore Zion National Park and the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort      Zion National Park, in the southwest corner of Utah, runs 30 miles through colorful sandstone cliffs and canyons,  reaching to heights of over 8,000 feet.  Lodging  is available in the park at the Zion Lodge, but just outside the park’s eastern border,  the 4,000 acre year round Zion Ponderosa Ranch offers a wide range of on property activities, dining choices and lodging options that include RV and tent [...]

Atlantis Summer Teen Camps Feature Fish and Fashion

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May 302011
Atlantis Summer Teen Camps Feature Fish and Fashion

     The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is a family favorite known for its slides, pools, aquariums and over the top kids and teens camps.  Last winter, the resort opened CRUSH, an $11 million dollar teen club.  This summer, while the teens and tweens are out of school, Atlantis will be offering  a number of age-specific over-the-top “edu-tainment” fantasy camps.       For tweens and younger teens ages 10 to 14, options include the Marine Adventure Fantasy Camp that provides behind the scenes access to the resort’s Seakeeper and Marine Mammal team activities.  Campers will  learn how to prep food, feed and care for the marine life.    They will also take a guided snorkel trip and shark walk to observe and learn how to protect these natural habitats.       For girls ages 13-22, the Seventeen Magazine Fantasy [...]