Romantic Getaways: Romantic Travel Ideas for Valentine's Day & More
Are you looking for inspiration for your next romantic getaway? Whether you're in the market for an adults-only holiday in the Caribbean, a cool couples escape to Thailand, a city break in central Europe or something in between, you'll find the best travel deals for couples' getaways here.
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11 Romantic Destinations to Check out With Your Significant Other That Aren't Paris
Looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other that's not Paris? The City of Lights has a lot to offer, but sometimes the lesser-known destinations are better for more peace and quiet. Grab your sweetie, pack your bags and celebrate an anniversary, honeymoon, or Valentine's Day in one of these picturesque destinations!
1. Santorini, Greece
Surrounded by beautiful blue waters and gorgeous blue domed buildings, Santorini is a destination made in heaven. Regardless your budget, traveling to this Mediterranean gem is an absolute must for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Catch the sunset in Oia, soak up the sun at the Red Beach and book a dinner reservation in Fira. Read more about holidays in Greece here.
2. Cartagena, Colombia
Lovers should consider captivating Cartagena, Colombia for a romantic getaway. Offering a vibrant culture, beautiful architecture, stunning sunsets and near perfect weather year-round, this South American city is a must-see destination. Book a boat tour and explore the nearby islands, have a drink at sunset at Santo Domingo bastion then return to your romantic, boutique hotel to get ready for a night out.
3. Quebec City, Canada
Looking for a European feel without the cross-Atlantic flight? Head north to beautiful Quebec City and immerse yourself in French culture while exploring Canada. Wander the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec before sharing a poutine with your special someone. If you and your honey are nature lovers, make a trip to Montmorency Falls, explore the Plains of Abraham or get to the top of Mont Royal.
4. Kyoto, Japan
Admire the beautiful temples and architecture of this ancient Japanese city with your loved one before enjoying a traditional Kaiseki dinner. Kyoto is filled with stunning gardens, springtime cherry blossoms and an ancient culture that will warm the frostiest of souls. Rent a bike and cycle around town with your best friend. Get more information about vacation in Japan here.
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
Holidays in Iceland offers stunning scenery, natural hot springs, Northern Lights and plenty of opportunities to cuddle up with your significant other. This country is an incredible option for adventure-seeking couples, as well as those looking for a picturesque place to road trip. Take a drive on the Golden Circle and witness geysers erupting, jaw-dropping waterfalls, puffins and wild ponies before retreating back to the peace and quiet of a wellness resort.
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
This lively city is filled with possibilities for romantic adventures. Sip on some local wine while you split a tapas-based dinner. Stroll through the Japanese Gardens, explore the tiny side streets, check out the markets in San Telmo or turn up the heat on the dance floor after taking a couple's tango class.
7. Wellington, New Zealand
Seeking an adventure-filled vacation with your boo? Holiday in New Zealand it is! Go bungee jumping, skydiving, or zorbing in Wellington, New Zealand. Once you've had your thrill of the day, you and your partner can relax on one of the beautiful beaches or check out the Wellington City Walkways for fantastic views of the city. If you're looking for craft beer tours or wine tastings, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
8. Big Sur, California
Rugged coastline, beautiful cliffs and plenty of natural wonders await visitors to Big Sur, California. Couples seeking rest and relaxation accompanied with beautiful viewpoints, quiet beaches and plenty of state parks should consider a holiday in this Northern California gem for a romantic weekend away. Explore the coves before taking a drive across the famous Bixby Bridge.
9. Cinque Terre, Italy
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore. We all know Italians love love, and their country is filled with beautiful and romantic destinations. Kick up your kitchen skills by taking a cooking class with your honey in Cinque Terre, or take a walking and wine tour through the quaint little streets for a taste of local culture. Don't miss the Cinque Terre trails, which offer picturesque views of this romantic city. What could be more romantic than a holiday in Italy?
10. Cape Town, South Africa
With its mild year-round climate, Cape Town is a fantastic choice for a romantic getaway. Hop in a helicopter and enjoy thesurreal views and see where the city meets the sea. If you're wine connoisseurs, nook a vineyard-tasting tour and sample some the local array of flavors. Make sure you take a cable car trip up Table Mountain at sunset for an unforgettable experience.
11. Charleston, South Carolina
This charming Southern city is filled with romantic bed and breakfasts and palm trees leading the way to the beach. Charleston is known as a foodie destination and offers an ample selection of fine dining restaurants and casual eats. Stroll through the gardens and parks, or visit the Middleton Place Plantation which provided the exterior shots for Tara, Scarlet O'Hara's home in the film Gone With the Wind.
by Jessica Bisesto
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6 Tips & Tricks For Planning Your First Couple's Vacation
So, you've decided to travel for the first time with your new significant other? You've both worked hard to earn those vacation days and have decided to spend some time together in a new destination, perhaps a place neither of you have ever been before.
While nothing brings two people together faster than sharing new experiences, it’s important to set expectations ahead of time to make sure you both get the most of of your first couples' vacation. We've put together some helpful tips and tricks to make sure you and your bae experience nothing but smooth sailing.
1. Decide On A Budget
Ah, the number one topic all couples fight about: money. We recommend setting a budget early on so that money does not become a stressor during your trip. Prepare to compromise and find accommodations that suit both of your budgets, even if one of you makes significantly more than the other.
2. Pick A Destination
Once you know how much money you both want to spend, you can begin narrowing down destinations for your bae-cation. Start by writing down 10 places you’d like to visit and compare your list with your partner’s to see if any destinations overlap.
Talk openly about the kind of flier and traveler you are – if one party suffers from flying anxiety, it might be best to hold off on the long-haul flights for now and choose a destination a little closer to home.
3. Plan Activities Together
Everyone loves to travel, but you might enjoy very different vacation activities than your partner. Maybe your ideal trip includes bungee jumping or whitewater rafting, but your partner's idea of a perfect escape revolves around lounging at the beach with a strawberry daiquiri in hand. Make sure the destination you select has enough activities you’ll both enjoy.
4. Splitting Up Tasks
If one person is a more seasoned traveler, they might have skills when it comes to picking out hotels andnavigating a new city. Maybe one of you is a self-proclaimed foodie who would enjoy choosing themajority ofrestaurantson the trip. Playing to each person’s strengths is guaranteed to make both of you feel included in the decision making process.
5. Time Together & Time Apart
The line between too much time together and not enough time alone is often a gray one. Take a walk to the beach while your partner is enjoying a massage orsurprise them with pastries from a nearby cafe for breakfast in bed. If one of you loves scuba diving and the other is more into snorkeling, book tours at the same time so you'll have something exciting to talk about over dinner.
6. Be Flexible
Things happen on vacations – maybe your flight was delayed, the hotel messed up your reservation and couldn't accommodate your reservation, or the tour you wanted to book was completely sold out. Every traveler is bound to experience the same annoyances eventually.
Instead of letting these hiccups ruin the mood, focus on the time you've got with your sweetie, and you'll both be able to look back and laugh at whatever inconveniences you endured on your first trip away from home.
by Jessica Bisesto