There are some adventures, sights and experiences that are best done without little ones in tow. How is a toddler going to handle a 13-hour flight, for example, and will you really enjoy Vegas when you’re camped out in a kids arcade instead of the casino? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before you have kids. Take a look at these places you need to go and then plan a trip while you’re still kid-free.
There’s a reason this Spanish island regularly tops lists as the best party destination in the universe—with some of the best and biggest clubs, underground parties and celebrations right on the beach, Ibiza caters to just about anyone looking for an unforgettable night out. The island is home to lower-key jazz joints and hosts some amazing local music, in addition to the world famous DJs and performers that can be found at the major clubs. The party doesn’t stop when the sun comes up either, relax or continue partying on Ibiza’s never-ending coastline. Rent a moped, ask a local about the lesser-known beaches and explore some of the hidden gems around the island.
Breathtaking scenery worthy of the silver screen is just the first of the many reasons you need to visit to New Zealand—the 13-hour flight from the West Coast is the first reason you should go without kids.
Adventure seekers will find Queenstown particularly remarkable for its variety of thrilling activities. Bungee jump from the infamous Kawarau Bridge, sky dive from 14,000 feet above the stunning landscape and white water raft the Shotover River—those are just some of the things that will get your heart pumping. After you’ve exhausted your sense of adventure, enjoy some wine at one of the region’s many wineries and be sure to check out the country’s largest underground wine cave.
Described as America’s last great wilderness, Alaska—and Denali in particular—is a must-visit destination for the kid-free outdoorsy type. Wildlife including moose, wolves and grizzly bears, roam on six million acres of protected land, crossed only by a single road. Trek up Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak or visit the sled dog kennel, located within the park’s bounds. Feeling extra adventurous? Heli-ski (or snowboard) some of the most pristine powder out there and take in the stunning views.
Rio is the Carnival capital of the world and the February festival is more than just a major party, it’s one of the most artistic and culturally rich events on earth. Expect music, dance and some of the most over-the-top costumes you’ll ever see—oh, and a lively crowd at this five day festival. Outside of Carnival, there is plenty to do in Rio, visit the world famous Ipanema Beach, make your way to the Christ the Redeemer statue and set aside time for a night of drinks and Samba music.
Sin City—the nickname says it all. Though Vegas has certainly made efforts to accommodate younger guests in recent years, the city has always been—at its core—a playground for adults. All of the best things about Vegas are either inaccessible or meaningless to children. Gambling at world famous casinos—kids aren’t even allowed near the tables or slots. Five star cuisine, novel alcoholic concoctions or spectacular shows—not all that fun for anyone under the age of 21. Unless you want to spend your vacation camped out in a kids arcade, Vegas is best experienced without the little ones.
Sun, sand and surf, this Greek island has it all and a whole lot more. While the island isn’t inherently unfriendly to the little ones, like Ibiza, much of the island is one big round-the-clock party. So, whether you want to spend your time diving in the reefs off the coast, windsurfing out in the open waters or exploring the rich history of the island, pretty much everything Mykonos has to offer is best experienced without young kids.
As the Cajun French say, Laissez les bons temps rouler—let the good times roll. New Orleans is a destination unlike any other, steeped in history, famous fare and, well, good times. Best known for Mardi Gras, the city has earned a wild reputation and Bourbon Street is always worth a stroll, but there’s more to the city than a stretch of bars. Visit the historic French Quarter, tour the Garden District and take one of the amazing ghost tours that winds through bars, alleyways and cemeteries.
Those looking to explore an epic wilderness destination with a hefty side of outdoor recreation, look no further. Tanzania is home to the Serengeti National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro. Though flights are expensive (and heinously long), it’s worth the trip for the child-free adventurer. Unwind after all that exploration at Kikuletwa Hot Springs, a remote oasis or learn about the culture firsthand from the indigenous people.