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When the Kids Are Away ...

Family vacations can be fun, but chasing toddlers and listening to whiny children doesn’t exactly scream “relaxing getaway.” Whether creating an adults-focused itinerary for a destination such as Disney World or booking a no-kids-allowed all-inclusive resort, there are lots of ways for the grown-ups to play.

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The Maldives

The Maldives

Before you plan to have kids, consider taking one (or more!) of these bucket list trips. Some are too physically challenging to undertake with children, others too expensive, too far away or simply more fun without worrying about attending to children’s interests.

And in the case of the Maldives, pictured here, if you wait until your hypothetical offspring are all grown, you may just miss your chance. The nation of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean is drowning under rising sea levels.
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Milford Track, New Zealand

Milford Track, New Zealand

This 53-kilometer walk traverses lakes, fjords, and peaks via rope bridges, boardwalks and alpine passes. The breathtaking scenery includes skyscraping mountains, deep river valleys and New Zealand’s tallest waterfall. Add on a side trip to Sydney or the Great Barrier Reef while you’re there – you probably won’t be eager to take the 24-hour flight from the U.S. again after you’ve had kids. 960 1280

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Disney World

Disney World

At the opposite end of the travel spectrum are family-friendly destinations that are actually way better without kids. Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World is one of those trips. Enjoy the park without strollers and backpacks, hit all the rides (even those with height requirements), and sample cocktails from around the world at Epcot. 960 1280

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Italy's Amalfi Coast

Italy's Amalfi Coast

A beautiful, pricey destination with not much for kids to do except take in the scenery, the 50 miles of steep cliffs rising out of southern Italy’s Mediterranean coastline offers cultural sophistication and romantic, picturesque scenery. 960 1280

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Erosion caused by extreme weather conditions combined with damage from tourism also threatens Machu Picchu. Located 8,000 feet above sea level in a remote area of Peru’s Andes Mountains, the “Lost City of the Incas” is considered one of the greatest ancient ruins in the world. Difficult to get to, expensive, and endangered, Machu Picchu is more appropriate for an adults-only trip than for one with kids in tow. 960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Another area under threat from climate change, New Orleans, with its historic districts, unique culture, and lively nightlife, is the city where you can indulge your inner adult. So make music and make merry in the Big Easy – sans kids. 960 1280

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Road Trip Across America

Road Trip Across America

A cross-country road trip is the dream of many young Americans (and non-Americans, too). Now’s the time to head out on Route 66 with your spirit of adventure – before any backseat whines of “Are we there yet?” can spoil your drive. 960 1280

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Israel

Israel

For a combination of history, culture and natural beauty, is there any trip more enticing than Israel? Given the longstanding unrest in the region, many parents prefer not to take kids. Plus, many locales in Israel, like Safed in the northern mountains, with its thriving artists’ community and deep spiritual traditions are best suited to your undivided adult attention. 960 1280

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Cambodia

Cambodia

Like Israel, Cambodia has a rich spiritual tradition and deeply painful recent history. The many reminders of this history – from land mines to the Killing Fields are probably too disturbing for children, but intrepid adults who make their way across the Southeast Asian country from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat via bus, boat or on the back of a local’s moped, will be rewarded with gorgeous scenery, ancient temples and friendly people. 960 1280

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Antarctic Expedition

Antarctic Expedition

Looking for a trip that’s even pricier, further away and less kid-friendly? Why not travel to the literal end of the earth? A number of cruise ships offer excursions, often via Zodiac, to the Antarctic Peninsula, where you can hike a glacier, take a polar plunge, kayak icy waters and observe native wildlife like penguins! 960 1280

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Morocco Beyond Marrakech

Morocco Beyond Marrakech

Visiting Morocco will change your view of the world, however many travelers consider the North African country too challenging, physically and logistically to manage with kids. Hire a guide and be sure to tour the sites outside of Marrakech. Berber villages and Fez, a city that still has a 12th-century feel, are must-sees. 960 1280

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Flavored with spices and warmed to perfection, a glass of mulled wine soothes the spirit. 960 1280

  

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary. 960 1280

  

Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit and hit the sand ' it's frozen daiquiri time. 960 1280

  

Not just for the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is always a refreshing treat. 960 1280

  

Believed to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a Piña Colada hits the spot no matter where you drink it. 960 1280

  

Once considered an old-fashioned cocktail, the gimlet is gaining in popularity across America. 960 1280

  

Long a favorite in Spain, a fruity glass of sangria is the perfect summer cocktail. 960 1280

  

All you really need are tequila, triple sec and lime if you want to visit Margaritaville. 960 1280

  

VIP Guests
VIP Guests

VIP Guests

VIP partygoers stand in line for the Fetish and Fantasy Ball being held at the South Point Hotel & Casino. The annual event, which is the world’s largest adult Halloween dance party, is coming to the Vegas hotel for the very first time. 960 1280

  

Arena Staff

Arena Staff

Arena staff clears tons of dirt from the floor in preparation for the Fetish and Fantasy Ball. The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center is the largest casino arena in all of Las Vegas. 960 1280

  

Flo Sirna

Flo Sirna

South Point’s sales and booking manager, Flo Sirna, looks disgruntled as she defends her work habitat. 960 1280

  

Tom Jannerone

Tom Jannerone

Tom Jannerone, director of food services, comes to the rescue as he oversees a food shortage and maintains a positive atmosphere in the dining room. 960 1280

  

Tom Mikovits

Tom Mikovits

The hotel’s director of marketing, Tom Mikovits, must scramble to persuade partygoers to stay and gamble, just as he juggles a series of noise complaints with unhappy VIPs. 960 1280

  

Chris Engler

Chris Engler

South Point’s new director of arena operations, Chris Engler, goes over his plan with Flo for setting up the arena for the fantasy ball. 960 1280

  

Gaming Floor

Gaming Floor

The South Point pit staff supervises the gaming floor. 960 1280

  

Mechanical Banana

Mechanical Banana

The mechanical banana is set-up for partygoers attending the fantasy ball. 960 1280

  

Flo's Sanity

Flo's Sanity

Flo starts to doubt her sanity minutes before the fantasy ball begins. 960 1280

  

Pit Boss

Pit Boss

Pit boss Chris checks in on a gambling table. 960 1280

  

Head of Security

Head of Security

South Point’s security team will work overtime to avoid costly fines, monitor nudity, confiscate toy weapons and keep intoxicated patrons under control. Grace, head of South Point security, keeps an eye out for trouble in the stables. 960 1280

  

Kiss Fan

Kiss Fan

This "Kiss" look-a-like and Fetish and Fantasy partygoer shows off his fangs. 960 1280

  

Customer Service Rep

Customer Service Rep

Customer service rep Stephanie receives many complaints from angry hotel guests due to all the noise at the fantasy ball. 960 1280

  

Playing Poker

Playing Poker

Hotel guests and fetish enthusiasts play poker together after the fantasy ball comes to an end. 960 1280

  

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