Trips You Must take Before You Have Kids

There’s no doubt that having children of your own to share the world with is a magical thing, but if you’re a keen traveler, you also need to be realistic about how they’re going to affect the destinations open to you. (Of course, they’re also a wonderful excuse to visit places that you might not otherwise admit to having a hankering for – Disney Land, anyone?)

But if you’re planning on having kids in the near future and want to get some of the more grown up destinations under your belt before you embark on an entirely new type of adventure, we’ve put together some of our top picks for trips to take before you have little ones to consider too.

The ocean meets the desert in Swakopmund, Namibia:

Surrounded by the towering and sometimes eerie dunes of the Namib Desert on three sides with the imposing Atlantic Ocean on the other, this little oasis town in Namibia is rapidly growing in popularity as an international tourist destination. Although the town has ever more facilities for children, there’s something about the stark beauty of the contrasting landscapes that they just won’t get until they’re older.

It’s also the perfect spot for some thrill-seeking, from learning to sandboard the dunes, skydiving over the desert, excellent surfing and kite surfing, quad biking and 4×4 trails right down to the beach. Swakopmund is a magnet for adrenalin junkies – but there’s also the option to just relax on the beach or take in a delightful dolphin and seal watching trip to Pelican Point while you enjoy some champagne and oysters! The town’s name harkens back to its German heritage, so if you love your beer then you’re in for a treat too!

Long-haul flight destination – New Zealand:

One thing that kids really don’t do well with is long flights, so if you’ve been longing to see a far-flung destination like New Zealand, now might be the time to do so. And what better destination could you choose for your last romantic solo trip with your partner? Here you will find some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and a huge diversity of environments from subtropical forests, beaches, offshore islands, glaciers, lakes, snow-covered mountains, fjords, volcanoes and hot springs to those endless rolling green pastures.

New Zealand is well known for its status as a mecca for thrill and adventure seekers, but it’s got so much more to offer too. The charming and sometimes bizarre indigenous wildlife is a major attraction, as is the opportunity to learn about the native Maori and other South Pacific cultures which made this magical place their home centuries ago. Foodies and wine lovers will delight in the fine dining and local wines on offer at some of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch’s restaurants.

Renting a campervan and making a road trip out of your holiday is an excellent way to see the country on a tighter budget, or just to experience all the beauty at your own pace!

Glitz, glamor and gambling – Monte Carlo, Monaco:  

While it has a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, you don’t actually have to be a superstar or heir to a family fortune to enjoy Monte Carlo! Just lazing on the beach or wandering the streets can be massively enjoyable, sampling some of the delicious food, wine and of course, champagne that the residents so enjoy!  

Must-see attractions include the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the changing of the guards at the Prince’s Palace, and the amazing range of cacti and succulents on show at the Exotic Gardens. If you find you want to glam it up a little, then stop in at one of the city’s luxurious spas before trying your luck at the famous Monte-Carlo Casino!

Complete an epic road trip – Route 66, US of A:

A really great road trip is a bucket list item for many people, but it’s not the kind of thing you want to undertake with screaming kids in the back of the car! The most famous route of all has to be Route 66, which starts in Chicago and carries through some 2,500 miles before finally winding up at the Santa Monica Pier. What’s really special about this route is the seemingly endless quirky, fascinating, and sometimes downright bizarre attractions along the way. You’ll go past ranches, quintessential roadside diners, meteor craters, swimming holes, museums and castles, and hundreds of inns just to name a few!

The time is now

Whether it’s an epic road trip or just one last adrenalin-packed adventure, make sure you squeeze in some great memories as a couple before the kids arrive – and take lots of photos to share with them one day!

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