Now that the kids are out of the house, it’s your time to see and do things that may have seemed impossible with a family on board. Whether you enjoy adventure, history, relaxation or sightseeing – we’ve found five unique vacation ideas that are perfect for two.
A trip to Antarctica is certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with memories of astonishing landscapes and unique wildlife. It’s simply impossible to be unimpressed with Antarctica’s stunning preserved, natural beauty. You’ll discover magnificent icebergs, oceans home to gorgeous orcas, and beaches lined with penguins and seals. GeoEx offers a variety of tours through this polar paradise – including voyages aboard National Geographic ships on which travelers are invited to assist National Geographic researchers in penguin studies and underwater adventures. You and your significant other will surely enjoy your time together in the peaceful solitude of this vastly unpopulated continent.
Immerse yourself in nature with a visit to Africa for a true safari experience. This type of vacation requires a bit of prep work and research – making it a much better choice for those who no longer have to worry about the kid’s missing school or getting the required immunizations in order to travel to Africa. Whether you are looking for a luxurious safari tour, or a more affordable experience, you’ll discover some of the most interesting wildlife and jaw-dropping landscapes in the entire world. Camp amongst wild camels in Kenya, stargaze in Tanzania, and spot black rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants in Namibia. If you’ve got time, end of your Journey with a relaxing vineyard tour in South Africa, or a sun-filled weekend at one of Morocco’s many luxurious resorts.
For the less adventurous couple, plan a visit to Scotland for a romantic retreat full of culture and history. Experience the elegant city of Edinburgh before renting a car to tour the many iconic castles scattered throughout the Scottish countryside. You’ll truly appreciate being able to slowly explore the beautiful area without having to worry about keeping the kids entertained. A golfer’s paradise, Scotland offers some of the oldest and most picturesque golf courses in the world. Kensington Tours runs a six-day Golf Pilgrimage Tour, which includes a guaranteed tee time at The Old Course at St. Andrews. After you’re off the green, book a cottage rental in the Scottish Highlands to experience the flavor of Scotland’s rural life.
Cruise to Alaska to explore the rugged wilderness, breathtaking wildlife, and natural wonders the vast state has to offer. Witness dramatic icebergs and glacial fields, visit ancient cultures that have inhabitated Alaska for thousands of years, and marvel at the beauty of humpback whales rolling through the frigid sea. Princess Cruises offers multi-day Alaskan adventures departing from Seattle, Vancouver, or Anchorage, as well as rail tours led by expert guides (which may be best for those looking for more of a land-based adventure.) Extend your vacation by staying at one of the cruise line’s own custom built Wilderness Lodges, or rent a river-front cabin for more of an intimate escape.
For the sun-loving couple, Turks and Caicos is the perfect option for a relaxing beach vacation. Consisting of two groups of islands, the Caicos Islands and the Turks Islands, Turks and Caicos is known for being one of the most uncrowded and unspoiled areas in all of the Caribbean. Compared to other Caribbean destinations, the islands cater to an older, more mature clientele. With white, sandy beaches and incredibly clear, blue waters, Turks and Caicos is an excellent spot for snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. Book an elegant villa on the north shore for closest proximity to the 12-mile long Grace Bay Beach, as well as the islands top restaurants, and the largest coral reef in the area.