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My husband and I have taken our kids on vacation to a variety of destinations: Disney parks, cruises, countries down under, beaches, resorts, road trips, etc. I don’t feel that there are many (if any) places that kids do not belong or should not get to experience.
But, as a family of five, there are some trips that just are not that practical for our entire bunch. Whether it’s due to the cost or the complexity of school schedules, we are saving some vacations to take as a couple without our kids once they are grown and flown.
European River Cruise
My parents sailed on two European river cruises, and this type of cruise has been on my bucket list for a while. These cruises are scenic and port intensive and seem like a great way to see parts of Europe.
Unfortunately, these river cruises are much more expensive than Caribbean cruises on large cruise ships. Also, each cabin only sleeps two people, so my family would need three cabins. Aside from the price, I don’t think my kids would really appreciate this type of cruise until they are older anyway.
Panama Canal Cruise
I’ve always wanted to sail through the Panama Canal. Of course our kids would love it too, but the timing doesn’t work with school schedules. The big cruise lines usually sail in the spring and fall, and the cruises are 2 weeks long.
We may go on a land trip to Panama and sail partway through the canal on a smaller boat. But, I’d still like to cruise through the entire canal someday.
My husband and I had plans to visit Greece early in our marriage before we had kids. Then, our busy work schedules got in the way, plus we added relatives to the trip and our plans changed entirely. Greece is the biggest trip I regret not taking. In retrospect, we should have pushed harder to make this trip happen before kids.
We both still really want to go to Greece. Why are we waiting until our kids are grown and flown to go? The main reason is that we just don’t think we will have time to squeeze it in before my oldest goes off to college. Plus, the islands look like a romantic getaway, and I’d love to slow down to a pace that just might not be possible with our kids.
Are there trips you are saving until after your kids are grown and flown?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.