If you want to truly deepen, test or discover more about a new relationship, book a vacation together. Travelling as a couple is an incredible experience as it allows you to visit new places and make memories together. It expands your own personal perspective on a destination as you start to see it through another’s eyes as well as your own. Oh, and should anything go a little wrong, it also gives you the opportunity to see how you work together to overcome it and still make the most of your time away.
Personally, I think it’s also really important to travel alone, on trips with friends without your spouse, and with wider family to really discover more about yourself and the world around you. However it’s true that not much beats a trip away with your loved one discovering new cultures one place at a time.
For those looking for their next retreat as a two, these are my favourite destinations to visit as a couple, and have all been personally tested so the tips are all genuine!
Whether it’s watching the Northern lights under a cosy blanket or three in the winter months, or soaking up the warm summer with thermal spas and outdoor adventures, Iceland is a dream romantic destination for couples all year round
Book a long weekend away and experience the true power of nature from all corners of this country. There’s lots of rustic AirBnB wooden lodges, with floor to ceiling windows easily bookable online. Take along some warm clothes, your best hiking boots and spend the weekend under waterfalls, in the presence of active volcanos and at the mercy of all the elements.
When you are tired at the end of your long treks, visit many of the famous thermal spas to soak away the steps of the day and enjoy a glass of champagne in the natural baths under the stars.
I am still surprised when many of my well-travelled friends have yet to tick off Iceland on their destination bucket lists. It’s one of my favourite places in the world, and I am always itching to go back.
For a romantic mix of city breaks and incredible countryside, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Ireland. Start with two days in Dublin, exploring the magical Trinity College Library and take a book to read in the University gardens under the sun.
In between exploring the town centre and many shops, have afternoon tea at the Laduree Café in Dublin and then go back to rest before spending the evening in the cobbled Temple Bar district, enjoying great live music, and of course a pint of Guinness or three.
When you are feeling all ‘citied’ out, take the local tram, train or bus out to the countryside or the sea. Howth and The Wicklow Mountains are both nearby and allow you to experience a quieter and gentler side to Ireland. Top tip – when we went to Howth it was sunny but incredibly windy. Definitely dress for all seasons as the weather can be very different to the city!
Stay in a luxury city-centre hotel to have a comfortable place to go back and relax in, after sampling the local wildlife and delicacies.
Cobbled narrow streets, pastel buildings with terracotta roofs, and food a plenty. Lisbon is a rustic and picture perfect place to go away as a two and experience great food, history and cultural highlights in one sprawling city.
You can spend your days wandering around the cobbled old town eating local seafood, exploring quaint art galleries and testing the cult Pasteis de Nata, which have a different recipe in every bakery so you definitely need a few to choose your favourite.
If you have time, take a trip out to the nearby old fishing towns on the coast for a quieter day of Portuguese culture, and consider hiring or booking a place on a boat trip to see the sunset in the best possible way.
The TimeOut Market and the botanical gardens are great places to have a romantic date, with two very different vibes and feelings.
When you think of romantic retreats, Italy is always a good idea. The Tuscan region brings together everything that Italy has to offer, and goes above and beyond with the delivery.
Rolling vineyards, rustic farmhouses and B&B’s, old winding Italian roads and some of the best local foods and wine money can buy are all found in this quaint and historic region on the Italian west coast.
Stay in the hillside outside of Lucca, Siena or Florence and spend your days walking, exploring local farms and producers and cooking at home with the best local ingredients you can source each day after a quiet brunch in town.
There’s so much history and things to do, especially in central Florence that I don’t have space in this post without boring you all. However you can read my upcoming guide to Florence specifically in the next couple of weeks’ if you are feeling inspired.
If you want a guaranteed break filled with delicious food, romantic walks and breathtaking landscapes then book a flight to Tuscany today.
A little further afield than the other places on this list, but no romantic getaway list would be complete without a nod to New York. In the city that never sleeps, there’s a wealth of ways you can explore and connect with your other half whilst really experiencing the trip of a lifetime in the world’s most famous city.
From wandering around their world class art museums (MOMA, Guggenheim, MET) to afternoons boating and picnicking in Central Park, there’s plenty of ways to take in this huge and incredible city together.
Don’t go expecting a quiet romantic holiday however, this is definitely more an activity packed week away, but will easily create many memories for you to look back on as a two in such a short space of time.
Take in the sunset at the Top of the Rockefeller building, enjoy Sunday brunch at one of the city’s best hotels and wear off the soles of your shoes walking through the endless boroughs and districts which all have new experiences to offer to you.
Do you think anywhere is missing on this list? Where’s your favourite place to go as a two?