Let's face it, there's nothing more anti-relaxing than a screaming baby or a shrieking toddler interrupting your valuable vacation time. It's something all travelers have to deal with everywhere from the airplane to the hotel pool. And while we might do our best to be patient and offer a sympathetic smile to an understandably stressed out parent, we can't exactly say we're having the time of our lives.
Even if you have children, love kids, or are planning to start a family, you shouldn't have to spend a vacation, especially a romantic vacation, surrounded by other peoples kids if you don't want to. The good news is, you don't have to. There are plenty of places that offer vacations without children; you just have to be selective.
Hotels and Resorts
Many all-inclusive resorts such as Sandals, SuperClubs, and Iberostar Grand Hotels restrict guests under the age of 16 or 18. These resort chains have locations all across the world from Europe to the Caribbean, and Mexico. There are also plenty of luxury adults-only hotels that can be found in just about any destination.
If you want to avoid little kids on the high seas, your best bet is a river cruise. More expensive than ocean cruises, they have zero facilities for children and tend to attract an older crowd. There are also many cruise lines that specialize in adults-only sailings.
If you're setting off on a standard ocean cruise, sailing a longer itinerary to distant ports at times other than summer and school breaks certainly cuts down on the likelihood you will encounter the toddlers and pre-teens. Some large cruise ships, like Celebrity Solstice, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas even offer adults-only decks, outdoor pools, and other specialized areas which can provide some reprieve from the kiddies.
Kid-Free Months to Travel
You're better off traveling during the times of the year when the kids are most likely to be in school, which means avoiding the summer months, holidays, and spring break. May, September, and October tend to be the safest months for avoiding kids. You could also think about traveling in the weeks before a major holiday, such as the first two weeks in November or in early February before Spring break, since it's unlikely many families will be traveling at this time.
Family-Friendly Resorts With Adults-Only Sections
Usually, the term "family-friendly" should be a red flag for those who'd rather not vacation among children. However, if such a resort has an adults-only section, it might be worth considering—especially if you plan to travel during one of the unlikely family travel months.
It won't be a totally kid-free experience but still, some multi-generational resorts do make a concerted effort to keep romantic couples and rambunctious families separate. The more upscale a place you select, the more likely it will have facilities that segregate children from grown-ups. Most hotel spas are off-limits to kids, for example, and better hotels and cruise lines feature adults-only pools.