Whether calm and relaxing or full of adventure, a trip can add a nice touch of romance to your relationship. Where you choose to travel, however, can be the difference between a dream getaway and a vacation nightmare. Try one of these beautiful places if you want a guaranteed good time with that special someone.
When it comes to romance, few places do it better than Paris. From the sweeping views of the city provided by the Eiffel Tower and other monumental structures to the centuries-old bridges spanning the Seine, the city is full of scenes that simply exude romance. Start planning with help from http://en.parisinfo.com/, the website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If you’re looking for a mix of natural beauty and urban antiquity, head along the Mediterranean to Greece where Athens offers some of the oldest buildings in the Western world and some of the most breathtaking sea views you’ll ever experience. A picnic at the Parthenon, a touch of ouzo at a local taverna and a cuddle on the coast add up to a perfect day of romance in this ancient city. The Greek Tourism Organisation, at www.visitgreece.gr, has destination information, maps and downloads.
Paris and Athens are great, but what if you’re interested in something a little farther off the beaten path? Go “down under” to Australia’s Whitsunday Islands, which provide a secluded romantic retreat with all the amenities you could desire. Consisting of 74 islands off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays are nestled in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by several resorts and private residences. Learn more at www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au.
On the other side of the world, the Caribbean island of St. John
(one of the U.S. Virgin Islands) is home to many pristine and private beaches. Most of the island is protected as U.S. National Park land, and a stay in any of the island’s small cities and towns puts you within a short drive of the clear waters and undisturbed sands you’re seeking. Get the best in luxury and isolation with a trip for two to this island paradise. Visit www.visitusvi.com/stjohn/homepage for travel tips and information.
As romantic as the tropics can be, they’re not for everyone. If cozying up by a crackling fire sounds more romantic than a stroll down a sun-soaked beach, then Lucerne, Switzerland is the place for you. On the shores of Lake Lucerne and with mountain views in every direction, the snowy sparkle of this quaint Swiss city will set your spirits aglow. Mountain excursions are easy for romantic adventurers, and almost every window has a view worth enjoying for those more inclined to stay indoors. For information, check out www.luzern.com/en.
Romance doesn’t require a trip out of town, but a new destination can set off sparks or rekindle old flames in unique and surprising ways. Start planning now so your trip to any of these destinations will be one to remember.