The year 2020 left many of us cooped up at home, either postponing our holiday plans or flat out canceling them. This year ushers in the optimism to explore the world again.
Whether you are going on a long-overdue honeymoon or planning to spend quality time with your partner, it is never too early to start preparing for your next romantic getaway. Here are five dreamy trip ideas to keep you counting the days until you can travel again.
5 Romantic Trip Ideas to Look Forward To
The Caribbean has no shortage of romantic destinations, but if you are looking for one less crowded and less expensive, checking out a guide to Roatan is the place to go. This exotic island off the coast of Honduras is a paradise, with its white-sand beaches, pine-covered hills, traditional fishing villages, and funky beach towns. Home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, Roatan is perfect for scuba diving, free diving, and snorkeling.
Visit Little French Key, a private island resort that features various marine activities, water sports, and wildlife excursions. Brave the heights on a zipline adventure, meet exotic animals at the Manwakie Eco Nature Park, and paddle through mangrove tunnels where pirates used to hide their loot. To cap your day, hang out at one of the bars in West End for some cocktail or a pint of the local brew.
Anyone romantically superstitious likely knows the legend of the Trevi Fountain. Toss one coin into the fountain to return to Rome, two to return and find love, three to return, fall in love, and marry. But luck or no luck, Rome is unquestionably one of the most romantic cities in the world. Just think of the magical sunset views at Ponte Sisto, the night lights reflected on the Tiber, and the charm of the old neighborhood of Trastevere.
You and your significant other can stroll through the exquisite gardens of Villa Borghese, enjoy a candlelit dinner at the terrace of a medieval palazzo, or watch a performance at the Teatro dell’Opera. To ensure that your trip to the Eternal City goes smoothly, get comprehensive travel insurance that has coverage of delayed flights of more than 3 hours, you want to be get on bed, not getting on the phone to the flight provider.
Culture and tradition juxtaposed with the quirkily innovative and ultramodern – that is Tokyo in a nutshell. But what many people overlook is how beautifully romantic the city is — and not only because of its cherry blossoms. Ramble around the gardens and museums in Ueno Park, witness the spectacular city landscape from the top of the Skytree Tower, or enjoy the adrenalin-pumping rides at Fuji-Q Highland. Yes, thrilling rides make you cling to one another. Isn’t that romantic?
For food enthusiasts, learn to whip up epic gyozas and sushi at a cooking class, indulge in a delectable meal while gazing at stars at the Planetarium Starry Café, or sample over 100 flavors of sake at the Kurand Sake Market. To fully experience old-world Japanese charm and hospitality, stay at a ryokan, a traditional inn that features communal baths, tatami-matted rooms, and authentic local cuisine.
Cienfuegos, Cuba’s so-called Pearl City of the South, is equal parts exotic and historic — and 100 percent beautiful. Here, you can marvel at the elegant architecture of the Ferrer Palace, people-watch in Parque Jose, dance rumba at Casa-Taller Santiago Hermes, sip wine from the patio in Palacio de Valle, and take a leisurely walk along the Cienfuegos Malecón. If you don’t mind traveling a little farther, head to El Nicho Waterfalls for a refreshing dip in the middle of a tropical forest.
To experience the authentic Cuban way of life, lodge in a Cienfuegos casa particular, the country’s unique version of a bed-and-breakfast. Furthermore, when you stay in a casa particular, you support the local businesses and get insider tips on finding the local best-kept secrets.
When you think of romance in New York, you probably picture the Empire State Building. And why not? The iconic building has been featured in countless romantic films, from An Affair to Remember to Sleepless in Seattle. But there’s more to the Big Apple than the dreamy Empire State Building.
You can go on a sunset stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, have a picnic in Central Park, or get on helicopter rides over the metropolis. If you love the fine arts, catch a show on Broadway, explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art, watch classical ballet at Lincoln Center, or listen to jazz in Harlem. For something quirkily romantic, whisper sweet nothings at the Whispering Galleries at the Grand Central Station before heading to The Campbell for cocktails.