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“Oh darling, let’s be adventurers.”

Can you picture it? A romantic gondola ride through the canals of Venice with the water gently lapping at your boat as the songs of your gondolier echo off the ancient and beautiful buildings. Toasting to 50 years together in Paris, your glass full of real champagne as you enjoy one of the best meals of your life. Wishing your love happy birthday as you reach for their hand strolling a white sandy beach, the Aegean Sea sparkling in the Greecian sun.

One of the best parts of being in a relationship is having a travel companion, and one of the best parts of traveling with your love is the quality one-on-one time you get while exploring different parts of the world together. Whether domestic or international, a trip with your significant other means exciting experiences and maybe even learning something new about each other.

Travel Strengthens Relationships and Ignites Romance

According to a survey of 1,000 couples on different ways traveling together affects their relationship, it turns out that travel actually strengthens relationships and helps ignite romance. Couples who travel together believe that travel positively impacts their relationship in a number of different ways. 86% reported that traveling together makes them significantly more likely to be satisfied in their relationships, communicate well with their partners, enjoy more romance, spend quality time together, and share common goals and desires. Nearly twice as many respondents believe that travel is a better way to improve the spark of romance in a relationship than getting small gifts, and over four times as many believe travel sparks romance better than giving big gifts. 

In the end, is there a better treasure than the everlasting memories you'll create as you explore the world together? We think not.

"Happiness is planning a trip somewhere new, with someone you love.” – Marty Rubin

The 10 Best Vacation Spots for Couples

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Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian capital is often referred to as “The Paris of the East,” and for good reason. Just like its French counterpart, Budapest is divided by a major river running through the heart of town. So what’s the best way to experience all the highlights this romantic destination has to offer? A luxurious cruise along the Danube River gets our vote. From Budapest to Passau, you’ll be immersed in the history, culture, and beauty of one of Europe’s most captivating regions.

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Florence, Italy

The birthplace of the Renaissance offers an ideal getaway for endless reasons. From museums in the morning to lunch at a street cafe overlooking the city, to sunset at a nearby Tuscan winery, picture-perfect moments aren’t hard to come by in Florence. But be sure not to miss the ultimate experience: a leisurely stroll along the Arno River with a delicious gelato in hand.

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London, England

Create your own storybook romance in the home of one of the world’s most beloved monarchies. Give your love the royal treatment by taking in a show in London’s bustling theater district or music and drinks at a cozy neighborhood pub. Of course, you’ll enjoy visiting the city’s epic museums and historic highlights, but leave time for a leisurely stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park and Notting Hill. Even better, take in unobstructed views of some of London’s most popular sights on a romantic cruise down the Thames River.

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne might not be on your list as a top romantic spot, but it should be with its cable cars gliding above blossoming gardens, the gorgeous medieval Chapel Bridge, and the boats sailing down the peaceful River Reuss. Take a short scenic journey on a romantic cruise on Lake Lucerne to reach Stans, and take a cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. At the top, amid true Alpine majesty, share the expansive view over the Alps.

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Paris, France

Ahhh, the eternal City of Love…From the tranquil Seine River running through Paris to the backdrop of the iconic Eiffel Tower, the romance of the City of Light simply can’t be outdone. Indulge in private conversations over espresso and French pastries at a charming street-side cafe, explore the Louvre to see some of the most romantic art ever created, stroll through Montmartre where the Sacré Coeur fills the city’s skyline. In every corner of the city, you'll find gorgeous vistas to share with the one you love. And remember, public displays of affection are a celebrated part of life in Paris!

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Prague, Czech Republic

Perhaps this isn’t the first place you think of for a romantic getaway, but Prague’s unique history and captivating beauty make it an incredibly romantic destination. Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, you and your love can visit its 1000-year-old castle to walk the courtyards and visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral to admire its stained glass windows and incredible views of the Old Town below. Or, better yet, visit Prague in winter to celebrate the holidays while the absolutely magical Christmas Markets are open.

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Santorini, Greece

From white-washed homes atop steep cliffs to deep azure waters and sun-kissed beaches, Santorini is filled with romance at every turn. The island is known for producing some of the best wines in Greece. Take a tour of a local winery and linger over a tasting. Or take a ride in a ‘kaiki’ (sailing boat) to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini for a leisurely dip in the island’s hot springs. Enjoy meals of the freshest island fare and delicious Greek specialties surrounded by breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. If you're looking for an incredibly relaxing romantic destination, Santorini is your top spot.

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Valencia, Spain

The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, on the Mediterranean Sea. The city offers a unique mix of old and new with the futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences, the bustling Mercado Central, and, of course, the iconic Bullring. If you both like learning new recipes, you’ll love mastering the art of Spanish paella! And there’s no better way to do it than learning from local chefs of this seaside town, the birthplace of the iconic rice dish. Relive fond memories over endless romantic dinners, when you bring home the secrets to this Spanish classic.

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Venice, Venice. From its dusky rose-colored light to the sea salt-dusted buildings, this canal-lined city is just the place for couples looking for romantic moments. You've got cantering gondoliers, cobblestone squares, hundreds of bridges, and tables for two by candlelight. We love Venice’s leisurely pace, historic architecture, and picturesque horizons. If you're looking for that classic romantic spot, Venice is the place.

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Vienna, Austria

It’s easy to see why Vienna is one of our favorite romantic destinations. In spring and summer, the streets here are lined with fragrant flowers and the beautiful Danube River sparkles as boats sail past. Horse-drawn carriage rides, the legendary Opera House, and grape-bearing vineyards complete the picture of romantic perfection. Much of the city’s present-day charm can be attributed to the long reign of the Habsburgs, so why not share the opulent experience of an exclusive guided tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. And if you're looking for something really special, sharing a strudel in a Viennese cafe is sure to melt hearts. 

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Tips for Traveling With Your Partner

You could be the ideal travel companion. You could be compassionate, money-conscious, a sound sleeper, and someone who is well-versed in all of the challenges you could face before and during a trip. Or, you and your partner could be first-time adventurers, not knowing who the better navigator is or who should be the last to shower each day of your getaway. No matter the situation, there’s always room to grow and show your special someone that you can be that patient, mindful travel partner.

From carving out a practical budget to keeping your companion’s quirks you so lovingly adore in mind, there’s a host of tips that you and your partner can agree upon as you explore the world.

Set a Travel Budget

It’s easy than you think to spend money while traveling. When you book your tour, all of your hotels, sightseeing, transportation, and most of your meals end up taken care of. However, you’re still going to want to budget for any optionals you’d like to enjoy, additional tips for local guides, meals on your own, and bringing home souvenirs and authentic mementos. Work with your partner to set a travel allowance, with an allotted amount dedicated to extra meals, trip optionals, and emergency toiletries. When it comes to the budget, no matter how high or low, it’s crucial to know your partner’s expectations. When in doubt, allow for an additional 25% of your budget for the unexpected.

Be Mindful and Thoughtful

You may have gotten used to your partner’s habitual behaviors and unshakeable routines during your normal home life. It’s important, though, to remember that when you’re on a trip together, those things still matter. If you know your companion needs coffee first thing in the morning, grab a cup for them if you’re up first. Keep prescriptions in mind and when they need to take their medicine. Think ahead and try to remember what frustrated them during previous trips. Before going on your adventure, it’s always good to discuss these expectations so that you’re more likely to be a considerate travel companion.

Be Patient When Hunger Strikes

Being on vacation doesn’t mean that your body’s schedule and needs change. Just as your circadian rhythm ticks, so does everything else. Keep that in mind when your partner might be showing signs of hunger and the irritation that accompanies it.

Pro Tip: It’s best to pack a couple of emergency snacks for the day. While there will be meals, you or your partner might need a little pick-me-up during the busy moments of your day. To avoid grumpy disasters, be willing to try local foods and keep in mind to grab a snack when you stop, even if you’re not that hungry.

Decide Who is Taking Direction Each Day

When the two of you are setting out on your find free time during a guided tour, make sure to decide early on who is managing whichever form of navigation you’re using. Letting your partner take the reins during free time will help give you a break. Then, switch and take charge of the next free-time adventure. Luckily, both of you will get the chance to relax when the tour guide leads the way.

Plan A Surprise

Thankfully, when you book a guided tour, you don’t have to worry about planning. Even better – you can reach out to your Travel Director when you enter your trip preferences to let them know you’re celebrating a big occasion or that you’d like to do something special for your partner. No matter how big or small the thought, your Travel Director most likely will go out of their way to help you create a magic moment.

Setting out on a trip together is an invitation to make new memories. And while doing so, you can celebrate the past by also reserving a special anniversary trip for you and your loved one. No matter the reason for your vacation, don’t let tiny irritable moments take away from the big picture experiences and memories that you two are creating together.