Travelling before you have kids or Flying solo?
Picking up and being able to travel on a whim is everyone’s dream, right? Whether it’s to the ancient pyramids in Egypt or the endless white beaches and blue waters in Sardinia, the luxury and ease of it all just appeals. But, you’ve decided to explore the prospect of parenthood. And while you can’t wait for the ‘joy’ that comes with it, there are a few must-sees before you take the parenting plunge.
“Travel does get a little complicated when children come along. When you are not limited to travelling with children or during the school holidays, the costs become significantly less. Your chosen holiday dates are also more likely to be available during the quiet off-season,” added Theresa Szejwallo, managing director for The Travel Corporation.
According to Szejwallo other reasons to fly solo before you have children, include:
- The choice to indulge in slightly riskier pursuits such as paragliding in Switzerland or trying the jet boats in New Zealand.
- There are some sightseeing opportunities that have more adult themes such as a visit to the Killing Fields of Cambodia. These are historically important, but perhaps not appropriate for children owing to their disturbing nature.
- You can enjoy and appreciate excellent local food and drink, the deliciousness of which may be lost on children.
- The trip is as much about the journey as it is about the destination and adults are likely to be more appreciative of the scenery and sights along the way. Travel is so much easier without children in tow – no ‘are we there yet?’ comments.
- You can travel as couples or a group of friends far easier when you do not need to worry about the logistics of planning for little ones.
- If you’re already pregnant consider a ‘babymoon’ – that last holiday before the birth of your first child. It’s a wonderful way for couples to connect before this next milestone in your life.
- You will have less to pack when it’s only the two of you – no need to take the kitchen sink and a mountain of toys.
So, where to go?
If you consider yourself the adventurous type, G Adventures recommends the following destinations: Costa Rica, hiking the Inca Trail, sailing trips to places like Sri Lanka, Maldives and Croatia, Vietnam and Cambodia, Cuba and exploration cruises to Antarctica or the Norway to see the northern lights.
- 9 day Costa Rica Quest trip from R10639pps
- 7 day Inca trail trek from R13579pps
- 7 day Sailing Sri Lanka from R19479pps
- 20 day Cambodia and Vietnam on a shoestring tour from R14058pps
- 8 day Cuban Rhythms tour from R10641pps
- 11 day Antarctica Classic Tour from R74499pps
- 9 day Northern Lights and Artic Circle by rail tour from R40159pps
Contact G Adventures for more information.
In keeping with the exotic experiences, Dana tours suggests you and your partner visit Mozambique. Specifically, Anantara Medjumbe which is up North (by the Quirimbas Archipelago) as it’s ideal for a couples retreat and is very romantic. Children below 16 years of age are not allowed at the resort.
Alternatively, Massinga beach lodge in Inhambane is also ideal for couples.
“It has lovely private swimming pools and unguarded open seas which makes it great for adults, but more difficult with younger children. It’s a beautiful location with a wide stretch of lovely unspoilt and often empty beach offering that feeling of being on your own piece of paradise,” adds Dana tours.
Anantara Medjumbe: Requires a flight to Pemba and then a scenic charter flight to the island. It’s a luxury product so there’s a rate of approximately USD520 (R6480) per person sharing per night. The charter flight is estimated at USD585 (R7290,74) per person (min 2pax).
Massinga Beach Lodge: The approximate cost per person sharing per night is USD322 (R4013) in an ocean front deluxe room. Return transfers from Inhambane airport to the lodge cost about USD100 (R1246,28) per person.
To find out more contact Dana tours.
If neither of the above are what you are after, there are always the classic must-visits like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, the Venetian canals in Italy or the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Wherever you do decide to travel to, it costs money. But if you save diligently and smartly, there’s no reason why it can’t become a reality.
Below are a few ways you can save:
- “Put away whatever you can into a 7-day savings account at the beginning of the month like you do with all your other monthly payments. If the money is “locked away” in a 7-day notice account, you are less likely to spend it. It will add up quicker than you think,” Dana tours adds.
- Opt for touring packages – this includes transport, accommodation and often most meals and activities. You’ll also save a lot of time compared to planning a holiday like this on your own, G Adventures advises.
- Start planning way ahead of time and look for special deals on the specific tour you’re after.
So, before you start picking out baby-names and painting the nursery, consider treating yourself and your partner. Between nappy and formula costs, it may be your last big splurge for a while.