Greetings from Patagonia, the inspiration for this review of our unforgettable trips!
As parents of 6 & 3 year olds, sometimes we just need a break.
A break from kids & daily life.
A break from work & household chores.
A break to spend time together as a couple instead of just being mom & dad.
This is our 3rd post-kids break without the kids, and as long as we have grandparents willing to look after the kids, we will keep taking them.
Pre-kids my wife & I spent years racking up the miles running off to exciting destinations.
Many of those trips were to places we would love to return to one day with the kids.
But many of them are better WITHOUT kids.
These are the trips we take as a couple now, in order to maximize our global footprint.
If you’re thinking of taking a kid-free break, below are a few suggestions to inspire you to go ahead & book it.
12 Unforgettable Trips (Without The Kids)
Here are 12 unforgettable trips my wife & I have taken without kids.
In 2012 we were living in London.
We left our 2 year old home with her grandparents & took off for a week in Oman.
It’s probably not your first choice in vacation location, but you should add it to your list.
Oman is as diverse as it is exotic.
We spent a few days in the capital city of Muscat followed by a road trip around the country.
The photo above says it all – the untouched dessert in Oman makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Los Roques is a group of islands in Venezuela & has been designated a natural park.
A fisherman’s paradise, Los Roques is filled with exotic animals and pristine beaches.
We stayed in a hotel, but then everyday we hopped into a boat & spent the day exploring a different beach.
The craziest was a beach in the middle of the sea (literally) that only appears for a few hours during low tide – if you are at all claustrophobic, I don’t recommend this beach (my wife had a mild freak-out).
For our honeymoon, we spent 1 month in my home country of Brazil.
This gave us plenty of time to see many parts of the country, since Brazil is roughly the same size as the USA.
We spent a few days in the incredible Amazon rainforest.
This canoe ride through Amazon’s flooded forest was packed full of natural beauty.
From massive snails & pink river dolphins to sloths hanging from trees & crocodiles swimming through the water, if you’re looking for exotic creatures, visit the Amazon.
We went to a wedding in Katmandu, Nepal in 2008 and the amazing groom arranged for his friends to take a flight past the Himalayas to see Mt Everest.
If you’re not afraid of flying in small planes, Yeti Airlines (no joke) offers a fly-by tour of the Himalayas with outstanding views.
It is a bumpy ride through the mountains to get there, but it’s a trip of a lifetime.
During that same trip to Nepal, we stopped over in India & visited the Taj Mahal in Agra.
We visited Delhi, Agra and Jaipur as part of the Golden Triangle tour.
The transportation & hotels were very comfortable but the trip itself had a few hairy moments.
The actual drive was insane – with cars traveling directly toward each other at shockingly high-speeds, dodging not only other cars but people, animals & scooters with families riding on them.
It was great that we saw the Taj Mahal when we did because the day after the photo above was taken, my wife was sick as a dog (don’t forget to pack the Imodium).
I had a business trip to Peru, so my wife tagged along & we went a few days early to visit Machu Picchu.
Believe it or not, it’s possible to do Machu Picchu over a long weekend trip.
We took buses and trains, but it was easy enough to get up to Machu Picchu and the view does not disappoint.
How this civilization was built up in the mountains is beyond me, and it’s even more impressive in person.
Yes, there is a baby in this picture.
We TOOK our kids (including our 9 month old) on a family trip to Iceland.
Don’t get me wrong, this WAS one of those unforgettable trips.
In hindsight however, we would have seen a lot more of the country had we not brought the kids.
Visiting Iceland feels like a visit to the moon & there is so much to explore & experience that it’s worth at least waiting until the kids are out of diapers.
I was looking to use up my British Airways miles, so we ended up in Zanzibar.
Often people travel to Zanzibar after a week on their African safari.
We skipped the safari this time & spent a week relaxing in a beach resort.
Everyone we met was friendly & laid back & the island offers as much or as little as you want to do.
One of the best trips we ever took was through the Greek Islands – by sailboat.
We rented a sailboat big enough to sleep 8 with a few other friends.
The boat came with a captain who took us all around the islands for a week.
We went where the wind & the weather dictated, sleeping on the boat at night.
There were countless beaches to check out, & towns to visit.
If you’re looking for a romantic holiday – this is a great choice.
In 2009 we went for a friend’s wedding to Cairo, Egypt, so of course we stopped by the Pyramids.
This visit blew out many of my preconceptions.
Of course the Pyramids are ancient, but the vast tourism built around the attraction is very modern.
You can actually go into the Pyramids, but only through crowded, narrow tunnels.
They are much larger than they appear, with massive individual stones.
It’s a city-break for sure, but if you’re in the area, you have to see the Pyramids.
Havana, Cuba is another step back in time.
The infrastructure may be dated, but the energy & passion of the people is refreshing.
Cuba is SO CLOSE to South Florida but suddenly it feels like we’ve been transported thousands of miles away.
You can read more about our trip to Havana, Cuba here.
This brings us full circle to the most recent of our unforgettable trips.
We are trekking the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia, Argentina.
Patagonia offers so many things to do that we will definitely visit again & when the kids are older they will love it too.
We’re thinking a cruise would be a nice way to see even more of the natural beauty here.
If you’re tired of the same old vacation, it’s worth the trip all the way down to the bottom of the planet.
As I write more about these individual trips, I will add links to this article.
In the meantime, you can find out more about my travels here at Jet Set Daddy.
What do you think?
Which of these exotic locations have you visited?
What are your favorite unforgettable trips?
Leave me a comment below!