For the best part of two decades (and possibly longer), parents will have their holidaymaking options limited by their offspring. After all, there are some destinations to which young children simply aren’t suited. But once the kids are out of the picture, you’ll be able to indulge in the sorts of activities which weren’t feasible on all of those family outings.
But why might such a holiday appeal? Let’s see if we can provide a little bit of inspiration.
For most of us, age brings with it an increased appreciation of history and culture. But children have yet to develop the same appreciation. Dragging a few unwilling children around the Rijksmuseum might not sound like a fun way to spend an afternoon in Amsterdam.
But if it’s just the two of you, you can afford to take your time and drink in the richness of whatever location you’ve arrived in. Just think of all the historical city breaks, Jules Verne river cruises and nature walks you’ve missed out on over the years. Now’s your chance to catch up on it all!
Besides walking around looking at things, holidaying as a couple means a chance to enjoy things that children only get in the way of. If you’re both keen golfers, then a trip to a sunny foreign golf-course might make a great way to spend a weekend. Or what about wine tasting in the south of France, or a high-stakes trip to Las Vegas? There are experiences out there to suit just about every taste.
You might find that, without having to worry about the kids, you’ve got a more generous budget to play with. As such, you’ll be able to spend that little bit more on the activities you want to pursue – whether it’s skydiving, mountaineering, or helicopter school.
But your ambitions might not be quite so adrenaline-fuelled as that. If you’ve got stress to deal with, then guided meditation might be what’s required. Or what about a few hours spent in a sauna, and then on a massage table? Many of the retreats which offer these experiences enforce strict no- children policies. But if you’re desperate for some time away, and don’t want to have to contend with the screaming of other people’s children, it’s worth making sure before booking your place.
One of the best things about travelling is the chance to enjoy cuisine you won’t find at home. If you’re visiting the home of a particular foodstuff, you might be able to find the authentic version of your favourite dish. If you’re in Bologna, for example, sampling a plate of tagliatelle al Ragu is surely obligatory. But being a tourist is all about tracking down new experiences, and so why not branch out and sample something that’s just not available back at home?