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Reward Yourself With One of Our Top 10 Dream Getaways for the New Empty Nester

TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Aug 05, 2015 -- Is this the year? Is the final child striking out into the world? Are you now joining the ranks of the empty nesters? What a feeling -- both sad and pretty sweet at the same time. The travel experts at, the champions of simple travel search, suggest you embrace the freedom and encourage you to see the world. Need some help deciding where to go? The team has interviewed recent empty nesters to come up with their Top 10 Dream Getaways for the New Empty Nester. Not yet an empty nester? You can still get inspiration with these bucket list-worthy destinations and start dreaming, and even planning, ahead.

With the kids gone and more time on your hands, it's the perfect opportunity to plan and finally take your dream vacation. Here are five destinations from our list to help inspire you to take the leap:

  • Taormina, Sicily, Italy - As soon as you arrive in the hillside town of Taormina, you'll feel the magical, mythical atmosphere that has enchanted visitors for generations. Surrounded by two spectacular bays, with the often-snowcapped Mount Etna as a backdrop, it's the perfect place to hang out and live like a local. Learn the art of true Italian cooking, make friends with the town's merchants, learn the language and enjoy life as only the Italians can. Bellissimo!

  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - With world-class accommodations, dining options, spas and shows, Las Vegas is the perfect place for empty nesters to celebrate their new freedom and perhaps win back some of that college tuition money at the blackjack table! Take in a performance of Cirque du Soleil, nosh on exceptional cuisine from award-winning chefs and explore the intoxicating combination of luxury and kitsch for which Vegas has become known. Or use this opportunity to revel in your new empty-nester status with margaritas by the pool followed by a night of adult fun on the Strip. (If anyone asks, it's Vegas and you're not obligated to divulge what happens there!) If the bright lights of Sin City aren't quite your speed, consider a stay in nearby Henderson, where you can pair poolside relaxation with desert views.

  • Berkshire, England - Home to "Downton Abbey" and the post-wedding wind-down destination for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Berkshire County is also the location of Windsor Castle and lots of brilliant 17th century architecture. For opulent accommodations fit for royalty, check out the historical Clivenden House complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant from Chef André Garrett. It's hosted every British monarch since George I, so the staff is accustomed to providing the full royal treatment.

  • Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada - Set out on one of the most stunning road trips in the world, along the 232-kilometre Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper. Whether you choose to travel by car, bus, train, bike or foot, this trip of a lifetime takes you through incredible mountainous scenery, where you pass waterfalls (frozen in winter), blue lakes and rambling streams. And, with wildlife galore including grizzly bears, black bears, bighorn sheep, elk, eagles, moose, caribou, wolves and maybe even a cougar, there's plenty to see along the way.

  • Cape Town, South Africa - With more time and a less jam-packed schedule, there is no reason not to pull out all the stops when it comes to planning a getaway. South Africa is a bucket-list destination for many -- and with good reason. Indulge in freshly caught seafood, wine taste your way through the Cape Winelands, take in the breathtaking views from Table Mountain and immerse yourself in the local culture. With endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation, a South African getaway is such a memorable experience, you'll (almost) wish you brought the whole family.

The parental-freedom-celebrating getaways rounding out our list are to Australia, Norway, Oman, Morocco and Nicaragua. To read the details, visit's complete Top 10 Dream Getaways for the New Empty Nester at

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