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Best places to travel without the kids

With the kids back in school, now is the perfect time for a child-free holiday. For adults looking for some time away, here's where you should go…

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam canal

From museums and galleries to coffee shops and the Red Light District, this laid-back city has something for everyone looking for a child-free getaway.

Art enthusiasts should seek out the Rijksmuseum, which houses masterpieces from the likes of Rembrandt and Vermeer, and the Van Gogh Museum, where you'll find the largest collection of the artist's work in the world. The Anne Frank House is a must-visit too, which tells the story of Anne Frank and provides a moving insight into an important part of history.

Or for something completely different, wander through the infamous Red Light District and its many coffee shops, peep shows and just about everything in between.

Amsterdam travel guide

Dublin, Ireland

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Temple Bar, Dublin

World-renowned for its legendary pubs and literary greats, a good time is sure to be had in Dublin. For a lively time away, Temple Bar's energetic pubs are your go-to for a pint of Guinness - head to the Guinness Storehouse to learn more about this famous Irish export.

Elsewhere, be sure to visit Kilmainham Gaol, a former jail turned into a museum where you can learn about the history of Irish independence, and the Museum of Literature Ireland, which celebrates Ireland's literary greats.

Dublin travel guide

Lake Como, Italy

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Lake Como villa

It's no wonder so many famous faces flock to this part of the world - the alluring lakeside views, balmy microclimate and plush bars and restaurants will make you feel like a celebrity.

From Como, catch the funicular up the mountain to Brunate, which boasts spectacular views of the lake that you can enjoy from picturesque terraces and restaurants. Or, why not take a scenic boat ride along the lake, which stops off at luxurious coastal towns such as Cernobbio and Bellagio. It's here where you'll rub shoulders with the stars and see more of the beauty this region has to offer.

Heading to Italy? Read our travel guide

Las Vegas, United States

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Las Vegas

The spectacle that is Las Vegas needs little introduction, and whatever you do you're sure to be dazzled by the lights of the casino-lined strip. Whether you're trying your luck at the casino, seeing a larger-than-life show or exploring the grand hotels and resorts, you'll never get bored of Vegas.

There's plenty to see just outside the city too, with the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam both a drive away.

Las Vegas travel guide

London, UK

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Big Ben, London

London is whatever you make it, and is a great place to visit with or without kids. If you fancy leaving the little ones behind, there's so much to do. You could see a top London show in the famous West End, feel like royalty with a trip to Buckingham Palace or even climb The O2 and experience panoramic views of the city - there really is something for everyone.

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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne

Australia is on countless bucket lists for good reason, and Melbourne's diversity makes for a unique escape. It's a foodies' paradise for any palate, as the city's large immigrant population has inspired culinary delights from a range of different cultures.

The sporty will be spoilt for choice, as the city hosts AFL (Aussie Rules Football), cricket, horse racing, grand-slam tennis and Formula One to name a few, and the arty will love the colourful street art that can be found in every corner of this animated city.

Munich, Germany

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Munich Oktoberfest

Lovers of beer and art will feel at home in Bavaria's quirky capital. Thanks to the Reinheitsgebot, a series of beer purity laws first introduced in Bavaria, you'll find here some of the world's finest lagers. These can be enjoyed year-round, but are perhaps best experienced in packed beer halls listening to oompah bands during the city's lively Oktoberfest celebrations, which kick-off in September.

Elsewhere, you'll find a wide array of museums and art exhibitions across the city - the Kunstareal museum quarter is a great place to start, with works ranging from ancient Egyptian art to Greek and Roman sculptures.

Our guide to Germany

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Panoramic view of Reykjavik

While Iceland doesn't offer many activities aimed at children, this bucket-list-worthy country is perfect for those seeking adventure. Iceland's offbeat capital city Reykjavik is a great place to start, as it's fairly easy to reach most of the country's top spots from here.

Stop off at the Blue Lagoon on your way from the airport to Reykjavic, a geothermal spa where you can relax in comfortable waters that are said to have healing properties. There's lots to see when you get to the capital too, from fascinating museums and art galleries to booming bars and restaurants.

Iceland travel guide

Santorini, Greece

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Santorini sunset

Santorini has quite the reputation as a romantic getaway for couples. It is less geared towards families than other Greek islands - ideal if you fancy a bit of peace and quiet away from the kids.

To experience Santorini's world-famous sunsets, Oia is a must-visit. Soak up sunset views of the iconic whitewashed buildings, blue domes and the stunning backdrop of the caldera from cliffside restaurants while enjoying some delicious Greek cuisine.

Santorini travel guide

Tirana, Albania

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Panoramic view of Tirana

For those looking for an undiscovered gem of a city break, Tirana ticks all the right boxes. Live like a local and make the most of the city's vibrant cafe culture, sipping espressos and hitting bars in the trendy Blloku area while taking in the contrasting architectural styles that reflect its complicated history.

Expect delicious food, friendly people and eccentricity around every corner from 'Europe's last unturned stone'. Make sure to visit the National Historic Museum to learn about Albania's turbulent past and take a cable-car up Mount Dajiti National Park for the perfect view of the city below.