The most famous day of love is coming up again quickly, and whether you’re spending the first or the tenth Valentine’s Day with your companion, you might be seeking something beyond a candlelit dinner. For travelers, you might be seeking the thrill of discovering a magical place together or simply taking a short jaunt to get away from it all. But where? If you’re at a loss of ideas, here are some unique travel destinations to help you celebrate the most romantic day of the year.
Visit the Tunnel of Love – Kleven, Ukraine
If you’re looking for something sweet and incredibly simple, try visiting the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine; it almost looks like a scene from a fairytale, especially with its vibrant foliage and arching branches that form around a railroad track to create a secret hideaway. The only thing you should probably know is that track is still used three times a day by a train that carries logs to a nearby factory. Besides that, if you enjoy simplicity in both the location and activity, this stroll would be perfect for your Valentine’s Day.
Flickr photo by Reza Ahmeds
Stay in the Ice Hotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Want to do something unique and completely unconventional? Take a trip to the Swedish Lapland and check in to the ICEHOTEL – the world’s first hotel made out completely out of ice and snow. Even from photos, it’s easy for anyone to see the amazing artistry that goes into designing the rooms and the structure itself. February is still one of the colder months, so it would be a perfect time to book a room with the ICEHOTEL (before the ice melts away and must be rebuilt anew after the summer). *Read about our visit.
Hot Air Ballooning Amongst Fairy Chimneys – Cappadocia, Turkey
For a taste of adventure with a spectacular view, you might want to try hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey. One of the most popular destinations for hot air ballooning, Cappadocia has breathtaking views from above as well as lovely weather conditions. As other balloons rise into the air in the early dawn hours, you may not be the only one celebrating a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s day but it’ll definitely be a day to remember. If love makes you feel like you’re on a cloud, let’s just say this experience will help you achieve the feeling of floating.
Kick Back in Loreto – Baja California, Mexico
If you’re looking for a little bit of a warmer destination, try the quiet beaches of Loreto, Mexico. Unlike many popular cities in Mexico, Loreto veers away from any kind of mass tourism; you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of Loreto while relaxing, and slipping away into empty remote corners. Because it’s so secluded, you’ll be able to enjoy quality time with your partner while admiring anything from the sunrise, to the sunset, to the stars.
Flickr photo by writer elicasue
See the Northern Lights – Abisko, Sweden
Those with a soft spot for natural beauty will probably dream of seeing the Northern Lights in Abisko, Sweden. Though the name is often heard of and the image that comes into someone’s mind is universal, how many people can actually say they’ve seen the Northern Lights? The unparalleled beauty of the lights (though maybe paralleled by your loved one) would make it a special day to remember for years to come, but it would be even more special if you had a special someone by your side.
Fall for Taj Mahal – Agra, India
To marvel at majestic architecture, the place to visit for Valentine’s Day might be Agra, India to see the Taj Mahal. It’s long been known as a symbol of love since the emperor constructed it to express his love for his wife who passed away. The Taj Mahal incorporates a various array of styles of architecture and is a gorgeous masterpiece. This, too, is one of the many examples that love is eternal.
Where do you plan on spending Valentine’s Day? Anywhere unique you’d like to share?