Paris, Venice, Bordeaux, Florence, Marseille, Cinque Terre. There’s no doubt that these are all highly romantic places to visit. But it does sometimes feel like France and Italy are claiming all the real estate on romantic destinations lists. It’s just not fair and some other less likely candidates deserve a moment in the limelight.
Whether you’re looking for first world, third world, or something in between, you won’t be disappointed if you find yourself at one of the following locations with your lover.
Anyone who has been to India knows that much of it has the makings of the least romantic holiday ever taken. However, beyond the crazy traffic and potential food poisoning lies magical Udaipur, and it is well worth the trauma of travelling through India’s big cities to arrive in this amazing spot. If watching burning orange sunsets over the lake while sitting on cushions at a rooftop restaurant sounds romantic to you, it’s pretty safe to say that you will love Udaipur. It’s all about the rooftops and cushions.
The tiny state of Tasmania in Australia is filled with pristine beaches, lush national parks, stunning lakes, and delicious produce. The local berries, cheese, wine, oysters, and cider, coupled with one of the many picturesque settings screams ‘the best and most romantic picnic ever’. Hire a convertible and enjoy the purple dusk on lonely highways. Did we mention that penguins live here, too?
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
It has been scientifically proven that being on a boat makes everything at least 2,000% more romantic. Okay, while that may not be completely accurate, there’s no denying that UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is bursting with romantic potential. Take a two-day cruise on a traditional Vietnamese wooden ship, relax on the top deck, and marvel at the stunning rock faces. Adventurous couples will love kayaking and discovering secret alcoves to steal a kiss in.
Who needs the cobblestones and cafés of Italy when you can have it all in Guanajuato? This colonial Mexican city has enough colorful houses, café culture, miniature bridges, and maze-like alleyways to keep you wandering around with your lover for days. Its bowl-like geography means that most accommodation features a stunning view over the entire city – the romance-factor cannot be denied. While money matters are certainly not romantic, it may interest some to know that Guanajuato is about a quarter of the price of your average Italian city.
If grand bazaars, magic carpets, belly dancing, and the sweet smell of apple-flavored smoke from a nearby hookah aren’t romantic to you, you obviously never watched Aladdin as a child. Istanbul is all of your Disney fantasies and more, all rolled into one. Bursting with culture, great coffee, shabby-chic streets, and more than enough rooftop restaurants, it’s basically impossible not to have a great time here. It’s also the only city in the world where you can walk from one continent to another (over the stunning Bosphorus River). That’s right, even Europe and Asia choose to rendezvous in Istanbul. It is one of the most popular city in Turkey for honeymoon.
Frosty streets lined with colorful Scandinavian buildings await you in Iceland’s charming capital. This destination is not only a romantic place to cuddle up; it’s also great for travel-bragging and will impress all of your friends. There are waterfalls to visit and natural hot springs to swim in. To top it all off, if you travel during winter there’s a very good chance that you’ll see the amazing northern lights at night. Could this be any more perfect?
The mainstream image of Tokyo does not tend to scream ‘romance’ to most people, unless you’re a huge anime fan or technology addict. But on arrival in Tokyo there is something undeniably magical about this giant city. Stroll the eclectic streets of Harajuku, sample the ultra-fresh sushi at one of the best fish markets in the world, and sip cocktails up high at the New York Bar on the 55th floor of the Park Hyatt (you may know it from the film Lost in Translation). And then try telling us it’s not one of the most romantic places you’ve ever been.