One of the greatest television ads ever is the Staples back-to-school commercial. It’s the one with images of overjoyed parents buying school supplies with their pouty kids in tow. It’s all set to the Christmas classic It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Simply brilliant.
It illustrates the relief parents feel when the kids go back to school and their duties as tour guide/cruise director cease for a few months. And now that the little darlings are back in school, it’s much easier to avoid them if you’re looking for a kid-free holiday.
If you have kids and you plan to go on holiday without them, there are a number of things you need to do to prepare them for your departure. Everything from separation anxiety to dealing with emergencies. But we’ll cover that another time. These tips are about avoiding kids once you hit the road.
1. Be prepared to spend
Exotic and expensive destinations are a good bet. Generally the more expensive a destination is, the harder they are for big families to afford – and that means fewer kids. The same goes with restaurants – avoid the chains and any eatery with a play area.
2. Take a cruise
Several cruise lines offer adult-only cruises. Many others have limited facilities for children, which helps reduce the chances of having lots of kids on board.
3. Get the exit row
Grab a seat in the exit row of your plane. Most airlines won’t let kids sit in that row in case of an emergency. Also, you’ll get extra leg room.
4. Pass on pools
If you don’t care about swimming at your hotel, avoid hotels with pools, as they are kid magnets. If your hotel has a special “kids stay for free” promotion, then this is a good reason to pick another place to lay your weary head. More expensive accommodation also equals fewer children.
5. Go adults only
Choose destinations that aren’t kid-friendly. There are many retreats that are adults only and we’re not just talking about the infamous Hedonism resorts (although, whatever floats your boat). But even places like Las Vegas are becoming more kid-friendly, although there are certainly hotels that cater to adults. Do your research before you book. Also think about adult activities like wine and beer tours.
6. Travel during the school year
Book your travel during the school year. September is a great time to travel in Canada. The weather is consistent and it’s still summer. But beaches and parks are remarkably free of families. Some provincial campgrounds might be closed, but it’s business as usual at our national parks.
7. Timing is everything
They may be in school during the week, but they’re b-a-a-a-a-ck on the weekends and holidays. If you’re able, avoid kid-friendly places on weekends, especially long weekends and spring break.
And if you find yourself missing the little cherubs? Don’t fret, Christmas holidays aren’t that far off – the other most wonderful time of the year!