Fall in Love with these Romantic Travel Destinations

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Love, true love. That’s what brings us here today…but really, with endless beautiful destinations, where should you travel with your beloved? From beaches to mountains to historical cities, no matter what you and your love like to do, this list of romantic travel destinations has something for everyone.

Positano, Italy

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Positano is one of the most romantic places on the Amalfi Coast. Watch the sunset from pebble covered Positano Beach, and admire the iconic cliffside views that frequent Instagram feeds. Romance here is everywhere. It’s easy and celebrated in every detail. Have a once in a lifetime meal at Da Adolfo, a restaurant which honeymooners and travelers alike have been reaching by boat since 1966.

Tiplr Tip – Stay in surrounding areas like Praiano, where you’ll find it sleepier and cheaper, but still less than 3 miles from the scene in Positano.

Hawaii

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So many islands, so little time. Probably the United States’ most exotic destination, Hawaii is becoming more and more accessible with cheaper direct flights from both coasts. Though there are 137 islands, we recommend Oahu, Maui and Kauai for a romantic getaway. On Maui, make a reservation to watch the sun rise from the “House of the Sun”. Haleakalā is a huge volcano and you will feel like you’re literally on top of the world. Experience this bucket list marvel with your honey, and follow it with coconut pancakes for breakfast. Follow the Road to Hana and take a leap of faith into Venus’ Pool. On Kauai, chase its stunning waterfalls (like Uluwehi) or if you’re both active, hike or kayak along the Na Pali Coast. On Oahu, visit infamous beaches like Eternity Beach (who wouldn’t want to recreate that scene from From Here to Eternity?) or hidden gems like Goat Island, which can be reached during low tide or by board.

Paris

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Paris…duh, right? The city of love has a reputation for a reason. Paris is a city designed for love and romance. While it’s a famous city, and home to over 2 million people, it’s still relatively small and its streets and sidewalks are extra wide, seemingly designed for those tender strolls with someone special. The city’s sights ooze amour, from the Eiffel Tower, to the love lock bridge, to the Mur des je t’aime, which declares “I love you” in over 300 languages. Follow some historical and romantic footsteps and plan a rendez vous at the Luxembourg Palace, which was frequented by famous couples like Napoleon and Josephine, and Jean-Paul Sarte and Simone de Beauvior.

St. Lucia

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If you’ve been to one Caribbean island, you’ve been to them all, right? Wrong! Especially when considering St. Lucia for a romantic trip. Caribbean beaches are always a huge draw, but this island has so much more to offer. Nature lovers can work up a sweat hiking the Tet Paul Nature trail, then visit the world’s only drive-in volcano at Sulphur Springs. Couples cover each other in the mineral-rich mud, which is said to make skin smooth and tight, as well as heal sunburns, eczema, arthritis, and sore joints. After Mother Earth’s spa treatment, wash it off under a majestic waterfall. Finish your day on a sunset cruise, drinking rum punch and dancing to live music.

Vermont

Photo: Robbie Shade

Prefer to get snowed in this Valentine’s Day? Head north to Vermont for nights spent trying endless craft beers while cozying up in front of a log cabin fireplace. The state is the perfect ski destination. Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak at 4,393 feet, is home to many opulent options including Stowe Mountain Lodge. There are plenty of other choices around the New England state too. Snowshoe in Brattleboro, indulge in farm to table cuisine and explore the quaint town of Woodstock, or experience life on the farm in Rochester.

Bora Bora

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The jewel of French Polynesia, Bora Bora is a romantic destination worth breaking the bank for, but if you’re ballin’ on a budget or traveling solo to Bora Bora, fear not, there are options for you too! Beachfront rooms at Village Temanuata can be $200 or less, or go full luxury with an overwater villa at The Four Seasons or the Intercontinental. Speaking of the Intercontinental Hotel, whether you’re staying there or not, Matira Beach is one of Bora Bora’s best beaches. Swim in the impossibly blue lagoon and get up close and personal with various types of rays. Go snorkeling to see even more stingrays and sharks!

Mongolia

Photo: Bernd Thaller

Yes, you read that right. Mongolia. For a couple that wants to travel off the beaten path, a cozy yurt may just be the perfect getaway. Time stands still in this serene landscape, surrounded by lush hills.  Book your bed from May to October to take advantage of outdoor activities like horseback riding, biking and archery.

Udaipur, India

Photo: alyssa BLACK

Ask anyone who has been, and they’ll tell you that Udaipur is the most romantic city in all of India.  Stunning Lake Pichola and 1500s architecture help to create a fairytale setting. Dine on rooftops, visit ancient temples, take a boat ride out to the islands, and watch the sunset from the city’s southern pier. Plan a trip to Udaipur, and write your own storybook love story.

Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador’s capital is probably one of the most historic spots on our list. It was founded on the ruins of an Incan city in the 16th century and sits at the base of a volcano. As the first ever UNESCO Cultural Heritage City, it’s considered to be the best preserved historic center in Latin America. Couples should spend time in La Ronda, a neighborhood filled with intimate restaurants and patios along ancient streets. Stay overlooking Quito in Hacienda Rumiloma, an oasis of rustic luxury situated on the side of the Pichincha Volcano. Each room is like its own little home. All have cozy sitting rooms, bedrooms with terraces or indoor gardens, and unbelievable views. Take a romantic day trip to Termas de Papallacta, public hot springs. For only $7, visitors can spend the entire day relaxing in hot springs of varying sizes and temperatures and dine on authentic local food. Go after dark for a truly romantic time.

Marrakech, Morocco

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Feel like the king and queen you are in this North African paradise. First, choose to stay in a traditional riad, and you could find yourself in a former palace, complete with tinkling fountains, landscaped courtyards, colorful decor and exotic patterns adorning tilework. The best part is, whatever your budget, you can find exquisite accommodation. Make sure the Majorelle Gardens, a sanctuary for those in love, is on your itinerary. Stroll through the harmonious, peaceful paths early in the day to avoid crowds, and observe plants from all over the world. After, head back into the hustle and bustle, but see it from a clache, Marrakech’s infamous horse-drawn carriage. An hour long ride won’t set you back more than $20. Finish the night watching the sky’s colors change behind sights like the Koutoubia Mosque.

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