I know, it’s always controversial talking about kid-free, child-free, adult-only topics. And before the haters descent, no I don’t hate kids, I just don’t want them or be bothered by yours, especially when I’m on holiday.
Now, that the elephant’s in the room, lets talk about traveling and reasons to travel, in particular adult-only travel. I completely understand why someone would book an adult-only resort or cruise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure your kids (if you have any) are the most well-behaved, adorable, funny, anecdotal little bundles of joy that I’m severely missing out of having part of my life….and that’s where you’re wrong. I.Don’t.Care.
For the rest of the year I’ll be glad to hear about them, see 95% of your social media posts about them and be inconvenienced by them, just not on my holiday. For 2-3 weeks per year, it’s really all about me.
So what are the options? I’ve done some research for you.
You may have to wait a little bit, but Richard Branson has lend his company name to an adult-only cruise line company called Virgin Voyages. Not a lot of information is available yet, but they’re taking deposits already for you to secure a spot on their first itineraries that will start in 2020 with cruises through the Caribbean.
Virgin calls it “adult by design” and none of the up to 2800 guests will be allowed to sail/travel if they’re under the age of 18. 86% of staterooms will have balconies or “sea terraces” as Virgin calls them and the ship itself is inspired by superyacht designs.
If you want to put down a deposit or find out more, check out Virgin Voyages.
With 16 properties throughout the Caribbean, Sandals Resorts offer what they call “luxury included” holiday destinations. These adult-only, all-inclusive 5-star resorts are aimed at couples, included everything (not just food/drinks) and are located throughout Jamaica, Antigua, Bahamas, St Luica, Granada and Barbados. The flagship property is Sandals Montego Bay.
Need some quality time with just your significant other, book a Sandals stay.
Say what, Contiki? Yep, I’m not kidding. Contiki is aimed at 18-35 year olds who want to see, do and experience as much as possible in a short period of time during their holiday. No kids under 18 allowed. Plus it’s also kinder on your bank account than our first two suggestions. Nobody said that traveling adult-only was cheap.
As long as you don’t mind being herded from one place to the next, group travel and spending a good portion of your time on a coach bus, this is the holiday for you. Its a great place to start if you’re going to a continent you’ve never been and don’t quite know where to go. Contiki will allow you to meet a large bunch of people and give you a taste of each destination.
Book your Contiki experience if that sounds fun to you!
You get what you pay for
From the suggestions in the article you would’ve gotten the impression that adult-only travel is in general not the cheapest. Which is completely understandable of course….in a way. More and more new hotels and resorts as well as existing destinations brand themselves as adult-only with a clear focus of marketing to those people who want a child free environment to enjoy their well-earned time off.
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