Traveling while childfree

By Victoria Fryer 

For many childfree couples—or singles!—the ability to travel more frequently is, if not one of the reasons, one of the perks of not having children. I personally love to travel and do it frequently on my own. Though my husband and I don’t get away together very much because we won’t board our dogs (but our neuroses are another story altogether), someday we hope to change that.

Now, we all know that being childfree doesn’t at all equate to disliking children (just like having kids doesn’t always equate to liking them, as one mom I know always tells me…). But some people think that, at least at times, a vacation in a spot without children is just what the doctor ordered. Heck, even parents like to take kid-free vacations every now and then.

Hotels, resorts, and cruise ships that don’t allow children, or that have kid-free zones, are on the rise—which many articles credit with the rise of DINKs, or ‘double-income-no-kids.’ This slideshow in Conde Nast Traveler lists the ten best adults-only resorts of 2014. There are resorts in the United States that only allow adults, as well, but they are fewer and harder to find.

Searching for adult-free vacation may help you find some, but be careful of the ones that don’t allow children for, ahem, reasons… unless that’s your bag, then by all means—go for it!

If you’re looking for something other than your typical sun and sand vacation at a beach-centric resort, there are plenty of other things to do and places to go. And while they may not expressly be kid-free, some places are more likely than others to have a lower ratio of kids to adults. (I’m thinking Las Vegas, am I right?) This slideshow from CNN showcases a few of them, and includes tips like traveling at times when kids are in school to avoid the large crowds.

Personally, my desired vacations tend to be at the kinds of destinations that naturally have fewer kids—like wine trails. My husband and I love to visit the wineries in the Finger Lakes region of New York. So we don’t worry at all about choosing places to go that don’t allow children.

And there’s also the question of whether there should be those kinds of places at all. Is it okay to forbid children from some cruise ships, resorts, or restaurants? I guess it’s up to the owners of the establishment, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. What do you think? Should various businesses be able to forbid children? And do you choose your vacation destinations based on the likelihood of, say, sharing a beach with kids?

Victoria Fryer is a 31-year-old writer and content strategist. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two pit bulls. You can find her on Twitter @extoria.

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