I love kids … as long they belong to someone else. You can enjoy them, but the best thing is that you can usually give them back.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve raised a daughter and a grandson … and with the right person I would happily raise another one.
I’ve got my 15-year-old grandson with me for about another month, but when the school year ends he’s off to live with his mother – as it should be.
And for the first time in nearly 30 years … I will truly be alone.
That will give me an opportunity to experience places I’ve never really considered before – adults-only hotels and resorts.
Of my 36 cruises, my grandson has been on seven of them. We’ve been to Disney World too many times to count .. definitely in the double digits.
For all of his life I’ve always considered where to take him next.
He’ll still be my travel buddy on occasion. That’s what a grandpa will do if he’s smart (that’s me) … creating memories for a grandchild that will last long after you’re dead and gone.
But for now there’s a lot of life left in these not-so-old bones and I want to enjoy life sans kids.
You’ll not see me traveling during spring breaks, holidays or most times when families like to travel.
Instead, I’m heading to popular destinations during the “off season.”
That might be Lake Tahoe between the summer and winter seasons … or Palm Springs during the sizzling hot middle of summer … and definitely a cruise after Thanksgiving’s Day but before Christmas – which happens o be the cheapest time of the year to cruise anyway.
And I may take a 14-day cruise just about any time because most young families can’t afford to get away for that long period … or better yet, a European river cruise that has absolutely no kid’s programs onboard.
All of these times and destinations will reduce the possibility of an overflow of children afoot.
Of course, I can travel anytime I want if I go the adults-only route.
Sandals resorts are couples only … so the only kids you’ll see are in photos in someone’s wallet.
Fast-growing competitor AMResorts has Secrets Resorts & Spas, and there are a handful of adult-only, all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and other places that foot the bill as well.
New to the adults-only arena is the completely renovated Riu Palace Macao in the Dominican Republic, scheduled to ban the little crumb snatchers as of November 1.
Regardless or where I travel and who I travel with I’ll miss my grandson, but I’m going to enjoy my kids-free lifestyle … for as long as it lasts.
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