One of the best parts of a relationship is having a constant travel companion. When you travel the world together, it's easy to discover sides in your partner, and maybe in yourself, that you haven't seen before, to learn new things about each other. For example, your girlfriend enjoys cliff diving or your boyfriend can make friends with anyone, even though he can only say one phrase in the local language. In addition, traveling allows couples to find a different kind of intimacy than in normal everyday life. Let's tell you about the best places in the world for couples.
Bali is known as the "Island of the Gods". Here any couple can easily find something to their liking. Hiking through lush greenery, monkey forests and rolling rice paddies, dancing to DJ sets and light shows until dawn, plenty of beaches (from the white sandy shores on the south coast to the more unexpected black sand you see on the north and west coasts) are all about Bali.
In addition to the historic temples and shrines for which the island is famous, there are also upscale resorts for all tastes.
Santorini is a cloudy oasis that envelops travelers in ethereal fantasy, so it's no wonder it's popular with honeymooners looking for the perfect destination. The island's romance largely pays off: stroll the hilly streets surrounded by bright white walls and blue rooftops, and in the evenings, admire incredible sunsets. As the sun goes down, the city lights up and the houses, churches and restaurants shine like stars.
Safari in Tanzania.
In addition to hiking the intimidating Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania may offer incredible wildlife conservation sites and national parks worth visiting. A safari trip will give you and your significant other a new experience: seeing a lion in the wild, taking your first trip across the African plains dotted with baobabs, meeting someone from a local tribe. You will definitely want to visit the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest dormant and undisturbed volcanic caldera.
The bowl-shaped shape creates a natural boundary for the animals, increasing the chances that safari lovers can see the entire Big Five - lion, cheetah, rhino, elephant and buffalo - during a tour. Serengeti National Park is another popular safari destination because of the massive seasonal migrations of gnu and zebra antelope, a large population of lions.
The two main pillars of many romantic vacations are intimate settings and thrilling experiences, and Tulum has plenty of both. You can alternate between relaxing on tropical beaches, snorkeling at the nearby water amusement park, Shel-Ha, swimming in a natural funnel (or cenote) and visiting Mayan ruins, which make up one of the most unspoiled places of its kind. After a day full of relaxation, adventure, or both, the "icing on the cake" is a drink at a bar that looks more like a jungle.
A great way to bond as a couple is to get active, and skiing in the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains is great for both experienced and beginner skiers. You can head up the mountains on numerous trails of varying intensity, take in the views of snow-covered trees from the sprawling gondolas, take a lunch break, and end the day at one of the bars on the slope. If your legs are getting wobbly after a day of skiing and you're tired from the downhill, there are many more activities waiting for you at the foot of the peaks. Whistler Village is a bustling pedestrian center with bars, stores and restaurants.
For a dreamlike vacation, there is nothing more fitting than a landscape literally dotted with "fairy chimneys," which are tall, thin cones of stone on the rocky sections of Cappadocia. Cave churches, underground cities, and houses carved into the rocks create a whimsical aura usually reserved for a fictional world. Soaring high above the rocky terrain in a hot air balloon will make you feel like wandering astronauts discovering civilization on the moon--either way, the otherworldly experience will make you feel childlike wonder and awe again.
Most clichés have become them for a reason, as in the case of Paris' romantic reputation. Looking at pictures of couples in the City of Light, you can practically see the cartoon hearts in their eyes as they embrace in front of the Eiffel Tower. Paris and romance go together just like Valentine's Day and chocolate, anniversary dinners and candlelit evenings, marriage proposals and world-famous landmarks... it's no coincidence that Paris has them all.
Although Hakone is not as romantic for strolling through cherry blossoms as its neighbor Kyoto, it is a day trip from Tokyo and offers a secluded vacation in the most relaxing way possible: the hot spring resorts. In addition to relaxing in onsen (hot springs) in a traditional rekan (Japanese inn), you can visit natural attractions such as Lake Ashi and the Fuji Volcano, or visit the Hakone Red Fire Truck Temple and the open-air sculpture museum. The many transportation options are also more like mini-adventures: boats, cable cars, and rail trails through the mountains.
Northern Lights in Northern Norway.
If you find stargazing a romantic pastime, this is the place to go. This region covers about a third of Norway, considered the best place to watch the northern lights from fall to mid-April, while from May to July the sun is still visible late at night as a result of a phenomenon called the "midnight sun". Travel even farther north to Svalbard, Europe's most northerly populated region, to enjoy 24 hours of daylight from April through August. On the opposite end, Svalbard experiences "polar nights" in January and February, when the night lasts about 24 hours, making the northern lights especially noticeable.
Porto is a coastal commercial city that takes you back to earlier times with its cobblestone streets, Baroque churches and the predominance of family businesses and port factories, the region's most famous exports. In the nearby Duoro Valley, you can visit vineyards where wine has been produced for 2,000 years, taste wine, participate in the harvest, and stomp on grapes. In a town steeped in wine culture, you and your significant other can get intoxicated even without wine.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Known for its natural and architectural beauty, the Amalfi Coast is an excellent choice for a romantic Mediterranean vacation. Enjoy nature, travel through small villages with picturesque sea views, visit famous places like the "Grotta dello Smeraldo" (Emerald Grotto), medieval churches, gardens and museums. If you need some privacy, you'll find secluded hotels with ocean views and luxurious amenities.
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In the bustling capital of Argentina, you and your significant other will have no shortage of entertainment. There's live entertainment, plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. We also suggest visiting the lively La Boca neighborhood, famous for its tango dancing and a pedestrian walkway lined with artisan workshops, houses, and stores painted in bright basic colors.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia.
Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the 74 islands off the coast of Queensland offer an incredible experience. Whitehaven Beach is one of the most famous white sand beaches on the islands, and while it's a popular tourist destination, it spans more than 4 miles, making it easy to find your own spot. You can also take some truly unforgettable and romantic excursions such as flying over Heart Reef in a helicopter, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.
The west coast of Barbados is home to several upscale resorts with a variety of offerings that will make your vacation in the Caribbean even more unforgettable. Go on classic island excursions such as snorkeling, private boat trips, visit local attractions like the picturesque Hunt's Gardens and Rihanna's childhood home. To experience the local cuisine and culture, enjoy an elevated Friday night at Oistins fish fry or sample the island's best rum at Mount Gay rum distillery. You can also relax just by enjoying the beautiful beaches. No matter how active you are, Barbados is one of the best vacation spots for couples. Some hotels offer unique experiences for couples looking to further enhance the romance. For an unforgettable dinner, head to the cliff overlooking the water in a sultry, fire-decorated setting.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia.
For an unforgettable romantic vacation, rent a boat and sail along the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. If you start in Dubrovnik and end in Split, you'll get a comprehensive view of the country, from maritime exploration to sightseeing in both small port towns and larger ones. The busy season here runs from June to early September, but trips in October, for example, are a great option if you want a little more peace and quiet on the Adriatic Sea.
The Cotswolds, England.
Experience a romantic vacation period in the picturesque English countryside. Hills and fields dot the quaintest towns you'll ever find - popular stops include Stowe-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Castle Combe.
Find paradise together on a trip to Kauai. The island combines the best of all worlds with lush jungle and beautiful beaches, so you can spend your days relaxing on the beach and exploring its natural wonders on foot, by boat or by helicopter.