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Trips without the kids

Published On: Sep 04 2013 10:42:27 AM CDT

It's time to consider a grown-up getaway. Now is an ideal time for adults to take advantage of sought-after destinations, since tour operators, airlines and even high-end resorts often run specials to encourage travel during the shoulder season between summer vacation and the winter holiday travel rush.

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Royal Caribbean International

Autumn is a key time to find a "repositioning cruise" as many cruise lines move their ships for the season. These trips don't feature the normal shore excursions, but you'll get quality time at sea with the usual onboard amenities, meals and entertainment -- generally at a discount. Royal Caribbean, for example, has three ships traversing the ocean in November from Europe to various ports in the U.S. Serenade of the Seas sets sail from Barcelona on Nov. 27 for New Orleans with a starting price of $649 per person.

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