8 Enticing Destinations for Empty-Nesters

Top trip ideas for parents whose kids have flown the coop

You love your children to the end of the Earth, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend every vacation you take sleeping on their couch. Their guided tour through home décor shops (hint, hint) and dive bars may have been great the first time, but this year it’s time to cut the holiday cord and take a vacation all your own.

Planning trips the whole family will love can be among the more stressful and compromising tasks — just because the kids like skiing doesn’t mean you love shivering your way through every holiday. Take advantage of holding all the cards again by planning a vacation somewhere warm. Whether you settle in on Parrot Cay or explore Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos has plenty of sun-worshipping draws. If museum-hopping seemed like the height of boredom to the kids, steep your next holiday in history and culture by booking a trip to the Middle East or stand in awe of natural wonders along the Appalachian Trail.

Or if making them jealous of an exotic, luxurious itinerary is your goal, book a wine and food tour in some far flung location and send them a postcard. Greece may work, but a winery tour of Chile will really do the trick. Lastly, if outdoor adventures were only popular before the kids learned to order room service, trekking with Country Walkers is the perfect way to experience a new destination.

Because visiting your kids is always a great idea, but these might just be better.

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