Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have romantic plans this weekend, whether they are with the love of your life or a room full of potentially attractive strangers. If not, perhaps I can bring you some inspiration in the form of my true love: travel. After visiting 95 countries, these are my top 10 romantic travel destinations around the world.
The Maldives is the most romantic place I have ever been to. Overwater bungalows, pink and orange sunsets, and romantic dinners in the warm Indian Ocean air make it the perfect place for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. Read my blog post about the Maldives here.
Steeped in history and full of narrow passageways leading to secret bridges and pretty canals, Venice is the perfect place to get lost in love—both literally and metaphorically. A starlit gondola ride is the pinnacle of romance here. Read my blog post about Venice here.
For the wild at heart, Madagascar is the perfect place to have a romantic adventure. From lounging on white sand beaches to feeding lemurs and diving in crystal clear water, the country’s natural highlights are both unparalleled and inspirational. Read my blog post about Madagascar here.
The birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is not only a romantic travel destination, but the home of love itself. Pretty coastline, mountain wineries, and delicious Mediterranean food make it the perfect place to celebrate that special someone in your life. Read my blog post about Cyprus here.
The most romantic hotel I have ever stayed in is Hotel Tugu in Bali. Set on a black sand beach, the lush gardens and museum-like public rooms all have little tables where guests can eat at any time, making each meal feel like it could be straight out of a movie.
The Atacama Desert
Chile’s Atacama Desert features spectacular mountain scenery and flamingo-studded salt flats. Horseback riding and stargazing round out the romance in a place so high it almost touches heaven. Read my blog post about the Atacama Desert here.
The Philippines has the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen, and desert islands to enjoy them from. Stunning natural beauty and great diving make it the perfect romantic destination for lovers of all kinds. Read my blog post about the Philippines here.
There’s no place like home, and California’s coast is one of the most romantic places I’ve ever visited. Carmel’s pretty village atmosphere, wide sandy beaches, and famous local wine make it the best place to stop on a romantic drive down the state’s famous Highway 1. Read my blog post about Carmel here.
Sitting like teardrops in the Indian Ocean, Mozambique’s islands are some of the remotest and most private places in the world. Like Zanzibar without tourists, they are some of the best places for a secluded romantic getaway in Africa. Read my blog post about Mozambique here.
As far as cities go, Paris inspires romance like no other. The wide boulevards, world-class museums, and French joie de vivre make it one of the best cities to fall in love in…or with. Read my blog post about Paris here.
So how about you? What are your top romantic travel destinations?