So you’ve been together with a new special someone for a little while now and you’re ready to take the plunge – into a vacation together, that is. It’s the perfect opportunity to cuddle and enjoy that honeymoon phase, and bond over seeing a new place together. It’s also a great way to get to know your squeeze on a whole new level and figure out if this relationship has staying power.
Where you go and what you do on this vacation has a lot to do with the type of experience you’re hoping to have and what you want to get out of it. You can stay local and find a romantic spot to call your own or venture out and share something completely exotic with your love.
Domestic Romance Getaway Ideas
There are plenty of reasons to stay in-country when you embark on your first vacation with a new lover. Maybe you don’t know each other that well yet. Are you sure you want to be crossing international borders with someone you don’t know all that well yet? Sure they make you laugh when you’re out for drinks with friends and cook a mean Sunday brunch, but how are they after 15 hours of travel? Are they going to seem so sweet and loveable then? Taking a shorter trip gives you a chance to feel each other out as travel – as well as romantic – partners.
Travel within the United States
If you do decide to stay within the continental United States (because let’s face it, trips to Hawaii or Alaska are better for long-term love affairs), you’ve got lots of options. Some places just beg infatuated couples to come and take advantage of the dreamy scenery and couple-friendly ambience. Take Napa Valley, for instance. What’s more romantic than wine tastings and indulgent dinners in America’s most famous wine country? And you can never go wrong with a visit to New York City, splashing out for a stay at a luxury hotel, such as the Gansevoort or St. Regis, taking in a Broadway show or performance at the Met and dining at some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Seeking something a little less obvious? If you’re traveling during the autumn season, consider a visit to Pennsylvania’s Adams County. It’s not on the top of everyone’s travel list, but the annual Apple Harvest Festival in early October is a great down-home, light-hearted experience to share with that special someone. Nearby Gettysburg has a brewery, winery and bed and breakfasts where you can snuggle up and get to know each other a little better.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is another great spot to visit. This place is gorgeous any time of year, but is particularly great in summer and winter, when you can take advantage of great outdoor activities. The skiing here is among the best in the country, so this is a solid option for an active couple.
Trips for Really Getting to Know Your Squeeze
There are some travel circumstances that will tell you everything you need to know about your new partner. Thrown into a survival situation, or even just being in close quarters for a few hours will give you some serious insights into either the really great or not-so-lovely aspects of their personality.
Plan a West Coast road trip to hit up the microbreweries of Oregon, or drive a few hours out to spend a weekend at a festival. The trip is built around doing fun activities together, but you’ll get plenty of alone time while in the car. This is a great opportunity to learn a little more about each other’s travel preferences and dig into heavier conversations about family, politics and spiritual beliefs. And if all goes well, this can be a great bonding experience that you’ll look back on years down the road.
If you’re inclined to spend time in the Great Outdoors, ask your honey to spend a weekend whitewater rafting, camping or spending a day on a rock climbing excursion. A few days spent in nature can do wonders for clearing the mind, but those situations are also conducive to seeing different sides of a person’s character and seeing how well they deal with stress. Do they approach setbacks with a positive outlook and a sense of humor or do they become cranky and sullen? Do they become a diva when there’s no Wi-Fi or running water? These are important things to know if you’re thinking about getting serious with somebody.
Maybe you’re pretty sure this person is the one, and that they’d make a great travel partner. Fantastic. The world is full of destinations that are ideal for couples to share a few romantic days together. For those in the United States, the Caribbean is always a viable option, as it’s close and reasonably easy to get to the islands.
St. Lucia is a favorite among couples, beloved for the stunning beaches, great food and quality resorts. You can take a catamaran tour around the island, go zip-lining, and take a beach break by exploring the island’s rainforest.
And of course there’s Turks and Caicos, where you can stay at the exclusive Meridian Club and enjoy private beaches. There’s plenty to do here as well, including exploring caves, taking a submarine ride to explore the local reefs and indulging in a beach-side spa treatment.
Travel to Europe
If you want to travel even further, Europe has a wealth of wonderful places for lovebirds. Spending a week in Paris almost goes without saying, or you can do a dining tour of Italy. After all, aren’t food and wine the ultimate languages of romance? To go a slightly less obvious route, spend some time in Prague, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Wander the cobblestoned streets hand-in-hand and admire the almost storybook feel of the city.
A Thailand beach vacation is a dream for couples of any age. There are many islands to choose from – if you’re a partying duo, you’ll love enjoying Koh Phangan’s manic Full Moon Party together or the constant social buzz of Koh Phi Phi. If you both enjoy being active, consider Koh Tao, which is renowned for the excellent diving opportunities. And if you’re looking for something a little less involved and just want to feel like you have an island to yourself, there’s tiny Koh Kradan, where you can enjoy than sun, sand and each other.
Traveling together is a great way to bond with your significant other and build memories. From the early planning stages right up to your flight or the moment you set out on that road trip, you’ll be learning about each other’s interests and preferences, and that connection will go far beyond an appreciation of each other’s travel styles. Sharing travel experiences creates a new kind of intimacy, whether you’re heading to a music festival or halfway around the world.