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5 compelling reasons to take a kid-free holiday

by Tania Griffin

In a world that never seems to slow down, taking a break from the daily grind becomes essential for our overall well-being. While family vacations are a cherished tradition, there’s something uniquely liberating about a kid-free holiday that allows adults to reconnect with themselves and their partners.

Shaun Lamont, managing director of First Group Hotel and Resorts, says: “It’s been a tough couple of years – COVID, floods, loadshedding – and many of us are in desperate need of a breather. A holiday ‘sans children’ gives you the chance to break free from your routine, relax and rediscover the joy of being a couple. It’s all about late nights and leisurely mornings, and having the freedom to make new magical, lasting memories, reminiscent of a time before the responsibilities of a family. It’s like hitting the reset button for your relationship.”

If you’re undecided about taking a kid-free getaway, Lamont offers five compelling reasons you should consider it:

1. Stay out and sleep in: Going away as a couple offers you the freedom to stay out late and enjoy the night without worrying about getting the little ones back to tuck them into bed. Say ‘goodbye’ to early morning wake-up calls and savour the luxury of sleeping in and enjoying leisurely mornings that will ensure you return home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

2. Explore more: Without children in tow, you can explore destinations and enjoy activities that may not be child-friendly. Whether it’s rock-climbing or hiking on rugged terrain trails, indulging in a wine, beer or gin-tasting tour, or embarking on adrenaline-pumping adventures, your kid-free holiday opens up a world of exploration and discovery.

3. Work on your relationship: A strong, healthy relationship between parents sets an excellent example for children and provides a solid foundation for their well-being. Taking a kid-free holiday allows you and your partner to focus on each other and rekindle the romance, and will benefit your family in the long run.

4. Relax and recharge: Life can be exceedingly stressful at times, leaving you feeling mentally and physically drained. A break on your own is the perfect opportunity to fill your cup and dedicate time to self-care, relaxation and activities that you enjoy. Well-rested and rejuvenated parents are better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

5. Flexible itinerary: One of the joys of taking time out as a couple is the freedom it provides for spontaneity. You can ditch the rigid schedules of kiddies’ mealtimes and nap times along with the demands for attention that are part of having children. This is a time you can switch off your ‘parent radar’ and do whatever, whenever you desire. Whether it’s indulging in a leisurely brunch, basking at the pool sipping a cocktail, having spa treatments or lingering over a romantic dinner at a fine dining establishment, time is of no concern.

However, if a holiday sounds like too much of an extended absence from the kids, why not spoil yourself with a romantic couples’ midweek break? For instance, take advantage of First Group’s annual promotion, especially for couples wanting some adult time and a break before the start of the Christmas rush. This midweek break includes some meals and spa treatments for you and your partner in which to indulge at any of First Group’s popular resorts before the onset of the festive season, which is all about family time.

“Embarking on a kid-free holiday is not a selfish act; it’s an investment in your well-being, your relationship and, ultimately, your family’s happiness. So, pack your bags, leave the parenting responsibilities behind for a while, and embark on a guilt-free journey of self-discovery and relaxation,” concludes Lamont.

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