In today’s busy and hectic world, it is easy to neglect nurturing your relationship. If you find you and your loved one need something exciting to spruce up your life and turn those sparks into full-blown flames, planning a vacation will do the trick. According to a survey from the U.S. Travel Association, travel has significant long-term benefits for a romantic relationship fostering connectivity and communication between couples. Whether it’s a short weekend getaway or a lengthy luxurious vacation, planning and going on a trip allows couples to reconnect, reignite their romance and even stimulate sex life. Travel and the shared exploration of new destinations facilitates a special intimate bond and yields unique shared memories that no other activity can replicate. Here are our six great ideas for how to plan a romantic and memorable escape with your loved one.
1. Luxurious Vacation
Every couple deserves a little pampering. If dedicated 24-hour butlers, villas with private pools, incredible views and pristine sandy beaches is something you heart desires (and your wallet can afford), then we have a few places in mind you might want to consider. According to Forbes, Montenegro is one of the hottest luxurious destinations in 2019. Aman Sveti Stephan resort, housed in a 15th-century fortress on an island off the coast of Adriatic Sea, provides a top-notch experience complete with a pink-sand beach and a killer spa. For a healthy dose of tropical bliss, book a trip to Four Seasons Bora Bora, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Expect over water bungalows atop turquoise lagoon fringed with exotic reef fish and colorful corals. With postcard-perfect beaches, pastel-colored sunsets over the Pacific and the moon-lit Tahitian night sky, you couldn’t ask for a more romantic idyll to set both your hearts aflutter.
2. Unique Experiences
Those seeking off the beaten track experiences cannot go wrong with a Safari Tour in Kenya or Tanzania. You will you have a unique opportunity to come up close and personal with wildlife via camping and game viewing activities. To make your trip truly extraordinary, book a stay at the exclusive boutique hotel Giraffe Manor housed in one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings dating back to the 1930s. With its stately façade, elegant interior, and verdant green gardens, you will feel like a character of the film Out of Africa. The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffe who visit guests in the morning and evening, and even poke their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat! For a one-in-a-lifetime cultural experience, fly to the United Kingdom to tour and stay at some of its best castles. With its countless medieval fortresses, full of history and rooted in stunning locations, you will come back home with loads of stories to talk about. Consider staying in Leeds Castle which dates back 900 years and oozes history, romance and intrigue via its glorious grounds.
3. Trips for Active Travelers
If basking in the sun by the pool is not your image of an ideal getaway and fear of missing out is a real thing for you and your partner, we suggest you travel to New Zealand. Breathtaking nature, unique Maori culture, and fantastic wineries complete with phenomenal restaurants will guarantee a memorable vacation. Visit just before the start of the peak season in November. Start in Auckland to tour Waiheke Island dotted with picture-perfect vineyards, and tour the iconic Hobbiton, before proceeding onto a road trip along the South Island which will leave you speechless with the views of its crystal-clear lakes, majestic peaks and colorful flower fields. For history buffs, nothing will compare to a road trip through Italy soaking up the sights from Rome all the way to Venice.
4. Food Tours
If a shared love for food is what holds your bond together, then planning a foodie tour is a must. Consider staying at picturesque Tuscany for a week-long cooking workshop (preferably during the white truffle festival) to savor the authentic flavors of Italian cuisine and wow friends back home with the recipes you have mastered. Alternatively, make your way along the Irish Whiskey Trail hitting Ireland’s top distilleries, best whiskey pubs, hotel bars and specialized whiskey shops. Lastly, opt for something more local and offbeat by going on a wine tasting tour among the best of Temacula’s wineries including our top picks – Miramonte Winery and Avensole Winery. It is a perfect place for a couple to unwind and enjoy great wine and food complete with beautiful views over the weekend.
5. Budget-friendly Vacations
Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on luxury or comfort. One of the most perfect pocket-friendly option for couples willing to travel is booking a cruise. The best deals are typically on the bookends of peak seasons for the destination you are looking for. You will have an opportunity to visit multiple places at once, get a taste of each spot and decide where you’d want to return to. The biggest perk of cruises is the convenience: you do not have to spend hours searching for lodging or places to eat. Food and tons of entertainment is already planned and provided for you on board so all you have to do is kick off those sandals and enjoy.
Nano Betts is a professional travel planner who has a knack for researching the world’s most unique destinations and designing perfect, bespoke getaways that will make all of your travel dreams come true.