Family Traveler Spotlight is the section of our publication where we profile families who love taking their children along on their travel adventures. In this edition, we meet “CSI: Miami” star and luxury family travel expert Eva LaRue of One Planet. She shares with us her favorite family-friendly luxury hotel, her unique experience with the Masai tribe and the liquid herb she swears by to avoid getting sick when traveling.
Tell us about your family.
My love of travel all started with my mom! We didn’t have much money growing up, but she always made sure that every summer, we would take a 2 week car trip to visit America’s gorgeous national parks. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve been traveling with my now 15-year-old daughter, Kaya, around the planet since she was born.
Where do you live when you’re not traveling?
When I’m not traveling I live in Los Angeles, California.
What type of work do you do?
Besides acting, I am a writer, motivational speaker, and activist/philanthropist.
Tell us about your website.
The thing I love about my site is that I think it uniquely showcases attainable luxury, and at the very least, provides great content for a killer bucket list!
Why do you believe in traveling the world with your children?
Traveling the world with my daughter is incredibly important to me because I truly believe it is the best form of education. Don’t get me wrong, school is extraordinarily important, but there’s nothing she will learn in a book that will make nearly the psychological and emotional impact and teach a worldly perspective and tolerance, as much as seeing and experiencing another culture, history, architecture and language in person.
Luxury means different things to different people. How do you define luxury when it comes to traveling with your family?
Luxury means different things to different people, but the way I define luxury when I travel is not always by the hotels we stay in, but by the experiential activities that we participate in. Like a helicopter trip into the deep jungle of Cambodia to visit and have lunch at an otherwise unreachable temple, riding elephants through the jungle into the river to give them a bath…. I want to go beyond the touristy “go to’s”, and do something different, something that leaves a beautifully indelible mark on our minds and spirits.
What’s the best travel experience your family has ever had?
It would be hard to pick the best travel experience we’ve ever had, but I guess it would be a tossup between being on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and spending the day with Masai Tribe during a wedding ceremony, and our trip to Thailand to ride elephants at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Chang Rai.
What’s your favorite family-friendly luxury hotel?
My favorite family friendly luxury hotel is the Four Seasons brand. Where ever we have been in the world they always have amazing activities for kids from babies to teens. I’ll never forget Kaya’s first stay at the Four Seasons, there was a teddy bear waiting on the bed that had a FS T-shirt with her name on it, cutest thing ever! An amazing souvenir, and garnered our immediate brand loyalty.
What three items do you never travel without?
The three items I never travel without are:
- My Louis Vuitton “Never Full” bag, because I swear, it really never is full, it’s like a Mary Poppins bag!
- My Ralph Lauren, cable knit cashmere sweater, in case I get cold on the plane.
- A tincture of Astragalus. It’s a liquid herb that I swear by to keep me from getting any kind of airplane, airborne cold or flu bug.
What’s the worst mistake you see other parents making when traveling?
The worst mistake I see other parents making when traveling is not stretching a kids boundaries. If the whole trip is based around a kids small perspective, the parents don’t get a full experience and the kids don’t really experience anything different or new. It’s not always about asking them what they want to do or see, they don’t know what they want to do or see, they don’t have any idea until it’s introduced to them.
What’s on your travel bucket list?
The next big spot on our bucket list? Gorilla trekking in Uganda!