Romance can be found in so many different and unique places around the world. Yes, you want that beautiful romantic element to your travel experience, but what else are you looking to pair it with? The following is a list of some of my favorite destinations around the globe, compiled into categories you can identify with and will be drawn to based on your own interests. This list could easily change seven times before Friday, but it’s a fantastic starting point to help you think about creating the type of travel experience that fits you personally.
ROMANCE + NATURE: SOUTH AFRICA
Set up camp at one of South Africa's premiere luxury lodges, and get ready to experience one of the best safari experiences on the planet. Experiencing the beauty of nature and the wonder of a safari doesn’t have to also equal “roughing it”. There is plenty of romance to be found within a backdrop of gorgeous sunsets, dining alfresco underneath the stars, and falling asleep to the sounds of the savannah.
South Africa offers one of the easiest access Safari experience, with the ability to fly nonstop from the U.S. to Johannesburg, and then a quick flight over to Kruger National Park. Once you arrive here, experience one of the world’s greatest national parks. The diversity, density, and vast number of animals here is unparalleled. The landscape that these creatures call home will also take your breath away.
ROMANCE + FOOD & WINE: TUSCANY
You want to eat amazing food. You want to drink delicious wine. And you want to do it over, and over, and over again. It’s no secret that Italians take their food and wine seriously. But in Tuscany, the passion runs even deeper. The basics of all Tuscan food is fresh, local and seasonal. The wines are world-class. It is a winning combination that will delight your pallet at every turn.
In Tuscany, the traditions are very strong and the food is regional. Having a foodie focus will help get you off the beaten path and discover some of the specialties in the region, while allowing you to explore some of these smaller, authentic countryside towns.
There is a reason that Italy is often called “Eataly”, and the moniker could not be more suitable. The personal connection you make with the people along the way will make your trip even more special. Combined with one of the most picturesque areas you can imagine, your romance factor will be at an all time high.
ROMANCE + CULTURE: BALI
Even though it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southeast Asia, it still manages to retain it’s authenticity and culture and continues to be a very magical and spiritual place. Experience exquisite flower offerings, processions down the streets as the people march towards different cultural ceremonies, and traditional music and dance performed all over the island.
Head to Ubud, which is the heart of Bali, and the true heart and culture of the island. It also an area of expansive rice fields and numerous temples. Find time to stay near any of the number of beaches, depending on whether you’re after surfing, diving, or simply a beautiful place to relax and watch the sunset.
However you choose to spend your time, the most important thing is to soak up the essence of Bali. This is a place of unparalleled beauty combined with cultural wonders, and people who will steal your heart.
ROMANCE + CITY LIFE: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Envision yourself strolling cobblestoned streets in a town rich in history and sophisticated in it’s food and it’s culture. Visiting the magical town of San Miguel de Allende, located in Central Mexico, is an opportunity to experience the very best of art galleries, cultural activities, and excellent restaurants.
The city is far away from any of Mexico’s crystal blue beaches, but the ambience of the city is stunning and memorable. People come here and they fall instantly in love with this beautiful place. Here, days are spent wandering the streets, sitting in cafes, browsing unique markets and shops, and eating at a different amazing restaurant each and every night.
If you are looking to soak up a vibrant culture and do so under the glorious Mexican sun, with nearly picture-perfect weather year-round, this is your place.
ROMANCE + NOTHING ELSE: MALDIVES
You are seeking true relaxation. A destination where you can immediately feel the stress begin to roll away the minute you step foot on the sand and gaze out into the crystal-clear turquoise water. The Maldives is the place to be when your goal is to sway in a hammock underneath a beautiful blue sky, perched next to your own individual overwater bungalow.
Making this special kind of daydream a reality means that you aren’t planning for activity-filled days, or venturing out to see the sights and go on adventures. Here you become the master of doing nothing, and doing it in style. The most popular activity here aside from hammock swaying, is snorkeling through mesmerizing coral reefs, and becoming intimately acquainted with the vast array of brightly colored sea life found here.
The Maldives is Asia’s smallest country, and is a collection of small coral islands in the Indian Ocean. Honeymooner’s will fall in love with this destination as their backdrop, as it provides them with an unparalleled setting for romance, and the seclusion often sought after the whirlwind of a wedding. Here you have the opportunity to just be.
Travel styles are as unique as the people who are traveling. There is not just one way to create amazing memories, and no “perfect destination” is going to be perfect for all. I’m here to help you discover the perfect romantic destination for you, and end up in a place perfectly suited to your tastes and interests. Contact me today to start planning your trip.