10 of the world’s best vacation destinations
2023/10/27

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1. Bali, Indonesia

Bali, also known as the "Island of the Gods," is a versatile haven suitable for every type of couple. If your definition of romance involves hiking through lush green vegetation, monkey forests and rolling rice fields, you're in luck. If your idea of romance is dancing to DJ music and light shows in the early hours, Bali is also famous for its nightlife scene. If you're keen on beaches, the island has a variety of beaches to choose from, from the white sands on the south coast to the more unusual black sands you'll find on the north and west coasts.

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In addition to Bali, which is famous for its historic temples and shrines, the island is also home to high-end resorts, yoga classes, spas and Australian-influenced cafes.

2. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is a dreamy, cloud-like oasis that immerses travelers in a transcendent fantasy, so it's no surprise that it's a popular choice for newlyweds looking for the perfect honeymoon destination. The romantic vibe of this island almost sells itself; wandering around this rolling, weathered street you're surrounded by bright white walls and blue roofs, and in the evening you'll have a front-row seat to the incredible sunsets .

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After the sun goes down, the city lights up and the houses, churches and restaurants shine like stars.

3. Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania

As well as traveling to Tanzania to climb the daunting Mount Kilimanjaro, many people come to this country for its incredible wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Going on a safari allows you and your partner to share some firsts: your first sighting of a lion, your first drive across the baobab-filled African plains, your first meeting with a local tribe. You'll definitely want to visit Ngorongoro Crater, the largest dormant and intact volcano crater in the world.

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The bowl-like shape provides natural boundaries for the animals, increasing the chance that safari visitors will be able to see all of the Big Five animals (lion, cheetah, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo) during their visit. Serengeti National Park is another popular safari destination due to the area's massive seasonal migrations of wildebeest and zebra, a large lion population, and diverse habitats and animals.

4. Tulum, Mexico

One of the core elements of many romantic getaways is an intimate setting and exciting experiences, and Tulum has both in abundance.

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You can lounge on tropical beaches, snorkel at nearby Xel-Ha Park, a "water theme park," swim in natural pools (or cenotes), and visit Mayan ruins, one of the most complete. After a fulfilling day, whether relaxing, adventurous or both, the icing on the cake would be a drink in a pub that feels more like a jungle.

5. Whistler, Canada

A great way to bond as a couple is to be active in sports, and skiing at Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain is great for both experienced skiers and beginners. You can challenge various slopes of varying difficulty on the mountain, overlook the snow-covered trees from the vast gondola, have lunch at a mountain hut on the way, and then relax après-ski at a slopeside bar.

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If a day of skiing has left your legs weak and you've had enough downhill skiing, there's more to do at the base of the mountain. Whistler Village is a lively, pedestrian-only center with a variety of bars, shops and restaurants. This little winter wonderland is as enchanting as the inside of a snow globe, and what could be more perfect for a romantic getaway?

6. Cappadocia, Turkey

For a fairytale getaway, nothing beats a landscape dotted with literal "fairy chimneys." In addition to Cappadocia's stone attractions dotted with towering, elongated rock cones, cave churches, underground cities and houses carved into the rock create a fantastical atmosphere usually found only in the realm of fiction.

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Floating high above rugged terrain in a brightly colored hot air balloon, you'll feel like you're wandering through the pages of Dr. Seuss, or like an astronaut discovering a civilization on the moon — whatever the case, it's This otherworldly experience will restore your sense of innocence and awe.

7. Paris, France

Most cliches become clichés for a reason, and so does Paris' romantic reputation. Looking at the photo of the couple in the City of Lights, you can almost see the cartoon hearts twinkling in their eyes as they embrace in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris and romance go together like Valentine's Day and chocolates, anniversary dinners and candlelit bistros, marriage proposals and world-famous landmarks... all of which Paris is famous for in not-so-coincidental ways.

8. Watch the Aurora in Northern Norway

If you've ever thought stargazing was a romantic experience, northern Norway really takes it to the next level with its incredible sky events. The area, which covers about a third of Norway, is considered a top destination for aurora viewing from autumn to mid-April, while from May to July the sun remains visible late at night, a phenomenon known as "midnight" sun".

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If you're adventurous, you can even head further north to Svalbard, Europe's northernmost inhabited region, and experience 24 hours of daylight between April and August. At the other end of the spectrum, January and February in Svalbard are marked by "polar nights," where the nights last about 24 hours, making the aurora particularly visible.

If you decide to take this trip together, be warned: Stargazing in your backyard won't be as romantic anymore.

9. Porto, Portugal

Porto is a commercial city by the sea that takes you back to earlier times with its cobbled streets, Baroque churches, and numerous family-run businesses and wine factories, with wine being the region's most famous export.

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In the nearby Douro Valley, you can visit vineyards that have been producing wine for 2,000 years, taste wine, and participate in some grape-picking practices, such as grape stomping. In this wine-rich city, you and your partner can be enchanted by the energy alone.

10. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Known for its natural and architectural beauty, the Amalfi Coast is a romantic Mediterranean getaway. Travelers can immerse themselves in natural scenery, hike in picturesque hamlets with sea views, and visit famous sites such as the "Emerald Cave" (Grotta dello Smeraldo), medieval churches, gardens and museums. When you need some alone time, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path hotels that offer sea-facing views and luxurious amenities.

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