7 Places to Travel Before You Have Kids

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Paris

As the saying goes, Paris is for lovers – not lovers and their offspring and their diaper bags and their baby strollers. Don’t hold off on visiting the City of Lights; go now and enjoy the indulgent food, the sophisticated museums and the beautiful dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Sip champagne as you float down the river Seine or take a spooky tour of the city’s underground catacombs.

Drink cappuccinos and people-watch at an elegant sidewalk café while you still can – someday you might be a parent, and then your main criteria when choosing a restaurant will be, “do they serve chicken fingers?”

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Peru

Can you imagine hiking the 26-mile Inca Trail with a toddler strapped to your back? Perhaps you should take this trip with someone who can match your stride.

Admire the lush, tropical jungles and gorgeous mountain scenery as you make the four-day hike to the mystical “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Arrive at dawn and watch the sunrise over the ancient ruins. When you’re ready to return to modern day, take your tired bones to the nearby town of Cuzco and enjoy a cup of spicy chili hot chocolate.

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Tanzania

At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa and is not a trek for the faint of heart or the young of age. That’s just one of the many amazing things you can do in Tanzania. You can also take a balloon ride over Serengeti National Park and watch the Great Migration, visit the palm tree-lined beaches of Zanzibar and play with the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park. Tanzania also happens to be one of the best places to see what hunters call the Big Five: the lion, the elephant, the buffalo, the rhino and the leopard. Maybe it’s not the safest country for babies.

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