Places to Go Before You Have Kids – I have a bucket list of dream destinations just like everyone else.
While I love traveling with kids, some vacations are just more practical (and enjoyable!) with adults only, and others simply feel too daunting with young children in tow.
You will never have enough time or money so if you get the chance to travel before kids, do it.
Here’s our list of places to go before you have kids.
Now that my children are school-aged, I look forward to the day they can accompany me to these places to travel as young adults, but in the meantime, the following destinations remain on my ‘I wish I’d visited before I had kids’ list.
Top 10 places to go before you have kids
I’ve long wanted to tour the National Parks of Africa, including Swaziland National Park and Kruger National Park.
Eco-friendly safari lodges are on the rise, and the beauty of this part of the world should not be underestimated.
Our itinerary for three months in Eastern and Southern Africa offers all this and more, including stints in Tazania and Dar es Salaam.
India and Tibet
These countries intimidate me, and I think I’d be more likely to bring my kids here if I felt more familiar with them.
As I feel in all countries with cultures vastly different to mine, I’d love to take the time to travel in a way which allows me to get to know the people and customs; a quick tour just won’t cut it.
Plus, in Tibet, travelers can eat some of the world’s healthiest foods.
Can you say extreme sports? I cannot wait to bring my children to New Zealand, especially when they’re grown (and twice as daring as I am).
With a love for the outdoors and adventure, I know I’ll embrace New Zealand’s North Island especially.
Plus, who doesn’t want to see the land of Lord of the Rings?
Volunteering abroad is something I’ve always wanted to do, and should have taken the time for while in college.
While volunteerism programs for families do exist, there is more opportunity for solo travelers.
Peru is a land of rich culture, natural beauty, anthropology, ample volunteer opportunities, and history to explore.
While my husband and I did have at the chance to travel through Europe before having kids, we didn’t stay as long as we’d have liked, and extended travel with kids is very challenging.
I wish we’d taken the time to travel through France by rail or Scotland by barge.
Vietnam and Cambodia:
Given the benefits of traveling by tour operator through much of Asia, I wish I had crossed these diverse countries off my list while it was cheaper to do so!
When the kids are grown, I may embark on a women’s only tour of Vietnam and Cambodia.
After all, the six hour bus ride to see Siem Reap is not one I want to experience with kids.
Australia is a country (and a continent!) I’d like to tour with kids; however, I’d leave the cross-country Outback journey to a trip sans children.
While I’d love to cross the Outback by rail from the east coast of Australia to Perth, it might be a long journey with kids along.
I’m not saying I need to go during Carnival, but Rio de Janeiro is a destination I’d love to explore without kids.
There are few destination where city and beach living merge to form the perfect adult getaway.
Yes, Alaska is easily accessible with kids, but given the vastness of this state, and the depth of outdoor excursions, I wish I had given it a ‘dry run’ before planning a trip to Alaska with kids as my only experience there pre-kids was on an Alaskan cruise with stops at multiple ports.
A pre-kids Alaska itinerary would have included Denali National Park, but also glacier viewing from a bush plane over Talkeetna.
My fourth grader has experienced Denali National Park in his classroom as his teacher arranged for his class to Skype with a park ranger there.
It looks like a trip to visit Anchorage (where our friends recently moved) and Denali National Park may be in our near future!
I feel relaxed just thinking about Greece: the food, the sunshine, the beauty of the whitewashed architecture.
All things to be savored before (or after) family vacations come into season.
The city of Mykonos is all about late nights and leisurely mornings of sea, sun, and blue horizons.
Sign me up!
Surely everyone has a wish-list of things we should have done and places to go before you have kids.
What other destinations would you add to these places to go before you have kids?
If you traveled extensively pre-kids, where did you go that was adult-friendly?
Catch Up After a Vacation and Avoid Post-Trip Stress
It’s happened to the most travel-savvy among us: you return back to work after vacation just to realize that ‘reality’ hasn’t taken a break.
It’s right there waiting for you after your hassle-free trip in the form of unpaid bills, phone messages, and piles of laundry.
It is possible, however, to ensure a smooth landing post-vacation.
In the past few years of traveling extensively with my family, I’ve found a variety of small trip organization measures that enable us to return home happy — not stressed.
Work while you play.
I know it’s no fun, but building in even 30 minutes of work per day while you’re traveling can save you countless hours upon your return.
I’m not talking about completing major projects or overseeing board meetings: just stay on top of important emails, meet regular deadlines, and avoid putting off the small things that build up: easy-to-answer emails, phone calls, and regular responsibilities.
Come home a day early.
I know, I’m really sounding like a drag, but scheduling your vacation to end on a Saturday instead of a Sunday night is doing yourself a favor (and will save you airfare, too).
Those extra 24 hours go a long way toward reorienting yourself to being home, grabbing your mail, and maybe even debriefing about the trip over a nice meal before work resumes.
To really make the most of this time, don’t tell anyone you’re home!
When the suitcases sit in the entry hall for days (or even weeks), you’re conceding that much more time to feeling disoriented as you hunt down your toothbrush or that favorite pair of socks.
The post-vacation workload will seem all the more painless if bags are put away and laundry is done on the day of your return.
Use transit time to get caught up.
Whether you’re traveling by air or car (or train), there will be plenty of downtime during your trip.
Use the time you’re not in the driver’s seat to get caught up on your smart phone or tablet.
As a travel writer, I write first drafts of destination reviews as I depart: it’s fresh in my mind and time I’m held captive in the car or plane anyway.
Download and categorize vacation photos as you go.
For my family, viewing the day’s photos over dinner or before bedtime is a fun way to remember the finer points of our day together.
As I’m showing them the day’s greatest hits, I download and file the photos.
This way, I’m not slammed with hundreds of raw images once I’m home.
If you have kids, consider these bonus tips to avoid post vacation stress:
Clear your kids’ schedule ahead of time.
You wouldn’t dream of leaving work for a week without preparation, and you shouldn’t do it to your kids, either.
Even young children will have events, school assignments, or regularly scheduled activities they will miss while away.
Schedule make-up classes ahead of time instead of afterward, and gather homework assignments that can be completed while on the road.
Offer to help older kids keep a travel journal or video log to make up for missed class time: this can easily be accomplished while traveling without being considered ‘homework’.
Do laundry on the go.
Even during short-term travel, kids need ‘down days’.
Combine these with laundry days and return home with at least some clean, folded clothes in their suitcases.
Find a movie theater or park near a laundromat to make this experience pain-free.
How do you combat post-vacation stress?
Do you stay on top of life-at-home, or prefer to play catch-up?
Hauz Khas Village Pubs for when you visit Delhi
Hauz Khas village pubs is best known for spirits, lively entertainment, trendy decor and amazing food and drinks.
Here is a list of the top five pubs for when you are visiting Delhi.
These village pubs are perfect hangout zones for food, people-watching, and lively nightlife.
You will love all that Hauz Khas has to offer.
Hauz Khas village pubs
Kaffeine is a cozy place to party and hang out with friends.
The bar and grill restro is known for its food and music.
The exquisite collection of drinks at Kaffeine is excellent.
Some of the exciting martinis include the Tamarind and Dhaniya Martini, Laal Anaar Martini or Cosmopolitan.
French Fries and Onion Rings with your favorite drink double the fun.
Beauty surrounds the place, and one can catch a glimpse of the monuments from the bar.
The perfect setting to spend quality time with the loved ones, Kaffeine serves a variety of cuisines including Italian and North Indian.
Lord of the Drinks Meadow
Dining and party when mixed with the exotic interiors and yummy food results in a place Lord of the Drinks Meadow.
Located inside the Deer Park, LOTD Meadow is the best place because of the ambiance and the colossal beauty.
The 20,000 sq. ft. of space has been covered effectively with great interiors and a wide variety of delicious food.
The outdoor seating is exquisite with calm surroundings.
It’s a call to all the nature lovers looking for an outdoor seating amidst the beautiful nature.
Raasta brings the Rastafarian culture alive.
The lounge with a Caribbean touch is spread over 4000 sq. Ft. with both indoor and outdoor spaces.
The major things for which it is popular are mocktails, cocktails and the musical events.
Thai, Mexican, Chinese, North Indian and European cuisines are majorly served here.
The place overall will transport anyone to the easy and lazy Caribbean islands.
An American diner, Garage Inc. has options for all the foodies especially for those who love meat.
It looks exactly like a garage with a trendy ambiance.
Live match screenings are hosted here and hence; the place is too popular among the sports fans.
The prices of the liquor are economical and buy one get one offers on alcohol keep running throughout the day.
The rustic and casual setting of the place with great music is what attracts tourists and locals.
The menu at Garage Inc. is basically American, most of which includes the finger foods.
Apart from this, Italian and Mexican cuisines are also served.
Hauz Khas Social
The place blends office and café. The urban hangout place keeps you at your workplace with all the hanging out with your friends.
Hauz Khas social is famous for the cocktails and the atmosphere which is basically of a club.
It is a hub for the artists and the innovators.
The cuisines served here include the Mediterranean, Asian, Café, American and North Indian.
One can also go for yummy platters and fun cocktails.
The Aacharoska, Thai Maalish and Shimla Mirch Martini are some of the signature things here.
Best pubs in Hauz Khas
The next time you visit Delhi and Hauz Khas, use this list to visit the best pubs and bars in the city.
Take a trip from the city of Bagdogra and book Bagdogra to Delhi flight tickets at low cost while you can.
It will be a memorable trip with your friends.
While you are enjoying this area, be sure to look at the scenery.
The area boasts unforgettable sunsets among the green parks and the remains of the Islamic architecture.
Ever since my son was born 16 months ago travel has become a lot less appealing.
When I was twenty I left my study abroad program early to take the Trans-Siberian railroad and then backpack across Europe for six weeks.
When I was twenty-three, my primary goal was to quit my job and travel the world.
Even in the midst of my busiest year of law school, I skipped class for a two week press trip to Australia.
But suddenly, travel just isn’t as appealing any more.
And I’ve been wondering why.
Is it because I’ve visited many of the places I really wanted to go?
There are still many places I want to visit sometime in my life.
Is it because I’m getting older and just more ready to settle down?
Many people who are almost thirty are just getting the travel itch.
The only thing I can truly attribute it to is now having a child.
Planning for a vacation with a kid isn’t all that different than planning for a trip without a child.
But actually taking a vacation is a huge difference.
With a kid, vacations are a lot less spontaneous.
They are still fun and enjoyable, but just in a different sort of way.
You have to be more flexible (to accommodate possible meltdowns) but your flexibility is constrained by early bedtimes, fewer fancy restaurants or interesting bars.
There’s no lounging by the pool, completely unaware of your surroundings, reading a book.
Instead you’re trying to make sure your kid doesn’t drown.
And even something as basic as a long hike may turn into only going 500 yards because your toddler has decided he wants to walk himself and not let you carry him.
Money also plays a part of it.
I’d much rather spend $100 on an annual pass to the children’s museum where we take monthly trips than spend it on a thermal spa day in Rotorua, New Zealand.
I know that in time travel with kids gets easier again.
But for now, we will probably take fewer trips, to places a little closer to home, that cost a little more.
And the adventurer-at-heart in me is ok with that.
This post is part of Women’s Money Week.
You can read more about money and family here.
Staycation Ideas: What to Do on a Staycation
As airfare rises and vacation days are cut, more and more travelers are opting for staycations.
And since they don’t require traveling, staycations are great for the environment.
By following our staycation tips, a vacation at home can be a relaxing, green, low-stress alternative when it’s impossible to get away.
In order to get the most out of your a staycation, it’s important to devote as much time to your itinerary as you would for any other vacation.
Planning ahead is key.
Here are five great staycation ideas to help you plan what to do on a staycation, no matter where you live.
What to Do on a Staycation
Take advantage of off-season deals.
If you live near a popular tourist attraction, why not wait until the crowds leave and the prices drop?
We’re lucky enough to live just up the road from one of the most celebrated Shakespearean festivals in the world.
We subscribe to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s email updates, which list discounted tickets in the pre- and post-season.
It’s easy for us to make showtimes after most theater-goers are back to school or not yet on a holiday break.
What to Do on a Staycation ~ Experience a holiday in your city or state.
We all know how great Christmas can be in New York City, or spring break in the Caribbean, but every region has seasonal events, festivals, and destinations.
You probably already know what’s offered in your hometown, but have been too busy to enjoy it.
One of our most memorable staycations was a holiday week in a rented cabin in the woods less than an hour from our home.
We spent our days nearly snowed in, snowshoeing, sledding at a snow park we’d always passed by on the highway, and braving the roads for a meal at a local inn we’d always been curious to try.
To find seasonal festivals and events in your hometown look up local attractions on Judy’s Book.
Book a room.
It may feel silly to pay for a hotel room in your own city, but don’t worry: you’re still saving on airfare.
I can’t relax unless I really feel as though I’ve gotten away (away from chores, house projects, responsibilities), and returning to my home every evening just won’t cut it.
To truly wind down as a family, we pack our bags and stay in a local hotel or resort, even if it’s just for a few nights of our staycation.
We all get away from the distractions of home, and we have a new hotel to recommend to out-of-town guests next time they ask.
If you plan a staycation during the warm-weather months, opt to camp at a local state park to staycation on a budget.
Discover what your hometown does best.
Is your region known for organic farms or vineyards?
Plan an agritourism vacation and stay at a local B&B to peruse the farmers’ markets or a regional wine trail.
Maybe your city has acclaimed universities or museums: find out when their galleries offer local discounts or free days and plan your staycation around them.
If you have theme parks or amusement areas, sample them when school’s back in session.
Our area boasts whitewater rafting and fishing, yet we’d neglected to experience either the first few years we lived here.
Start with your local visitor’s bureau or tourism department to find out what’s hot.
Use museum and play space memberships.
You might be a member of your local historical society, science museum, or children’s museum.
If so, plan to visit those locations during your staycation (when you signed up, you thought you’d be there every weekend, right?).
While you’re there, find out what additional benefits your membership offers.
Our hands-on science museum membership grants us a guest pass to our local art gallery (which we’ve never used), and two tickets to our historical society’s living history day.
We’ll plan our next staycation around these activities that can be hard to schedule during our “regular” life.
If you’re not a member, your staycation would be a great time to sign up for benefits you can enjoy year-round.
Bonus Tip: Treat your staycation like any other vacation.
Clear your schedule, turn off your phone, place an “away from my desk” automated reply with your email provider: if you act as though you’re away, bosses and family will as well.
Even if you spend all or part of your staycation overnighting at home, change things up: sleep in the living room slumber party style, and order in from take-out restaurants to avoid dish duty.
Leave the laundry for when you “return,” and have a daily itinerary that gets everyone out of the house.
Plan a Staycation
Staycations, vacations where you stay at home instead of traveling, are a popular way to save money while still getting the benefits of a holiday.
With the economy as it is around the world, the rise in popularity of the staycation is no surprise; travel is often the first thing to get cut when money gets tight.
Skeptics of the staycation will say that it can’t really feel like a vacation when you’re at, or close to, home.
I disagree. It may take a little extra planning, but staying close to home can be just as relaxing and fun as a typical vacation.
For everything you need to know about how to plan a staycation, read on.
If you’re going away, there’s a sense of urgency to plan your trip.
A hotel needs to be booked and tickets need to be purchased for outings and excursions.
But when you’re staying close to home, it’s tempting to wing it.
While one of the benefits of a staycation is that there is less planning involved, it’s important to make sure have a rough outline of what you would like to see and do.
A little planning in advance will make your staycation more relaxing.
Book tickets for local events, make reservations for dinner, and treat it like you would a normal vacation.
For many of us, one of the best parts about vacation is disconnecting from work and other obligations that cause stress in our daily lives.
During a staycation, it can be easy to let work know that you’ll be around, so they can call if they need anything.
It’s also tempting to check your email, pay bills, or try to finish projects around the house on your staycation.
But to truly experience the benefits of a staycation, it’s essential that you disconnect and take time to yourself.
Turn off your phone, don’t check your email, put aside household chores, and allow yourself to relax.
Have a Staycation Budget
Although one of the reasons you skipped this year’s vacation may have been to save money, it’s still a good idea to put aside money for your staycation.
You won’t be spending money on typical travel expenses, but you’ll want to budget for eating out, tours, and even a day at the spa. T
hat way, you’ll be able to treat yourself to things you might not normally do, without breaking the bank.
Plan a Staycation Explore
Whether you’ve lived in your area for years or moved there recently, chances are there are areas you haven’t fully explored your city.
Avoid your usual restaurants and instead explore new local restaurants you’ve never tried before.
Take the scenic route and enjoy this time: you have with no errands to run and no meetings to rush to.
Go to that museum or check out that park you’ve been meaning to visit for years.
Plan a Staycation Day Trips
Check out the areas near where you live and plan day trips.
A day at a zoo, a hike in a state park, or even an afternoon spent exploring a nearby town will make the perfect day trip.
If you can’t think of any ideas, check with your local tourism board, read TripAdvisor recommendations for what to do in your area, or check out a guidebook from the library.
You’ll definitely find some great ideas for day trips in your area.
Whether it’s to save money or time, because your planned vacation fell through, or another reason all together, a staycation can be a great way to spend your vacation.
The tips tell you everything you need to know about how to plan a staycation.
Have you taken a staycation?
What kind of staycation ideas do you have?
What tips can you share for what to do on a staycation?