Whether you shun the cheesy holiday or embrace all the pink and red in its glory, there’s something to be said about a holiday that revolves around romantically-shaped chocolate and stuffed teddy bears. Whether you’re celebrating with your S.O. or sharing in some Galentine’s Day fun, there’s no better way to indulge those you care about most than with a bonding experience. Sure, I would never turn away a dozen red roses and a pink sugar cookie the size of my face, but spending time with others will far outlast the floral scent and lasting tummy ache. While a few of my trips have certainly sparked more romance than others, I’m calling on some of my other travel blogger peers to help round out this list of the best places to spend February 14th.
Provence, France from A Long from Along Came an Elephant
Why buy a dozen roses when you can meander through thousands of lavender fields? Although Paris usually gets all the attention, head down to Provence for a more unique and authentic French experience you can share with your number one.
Santa Ynez Valley, California, United States from Passing Thru
Although chocolate gets all the attention on February 14th, wine comes in at a close second. Explore numerous wineries in California where the weather is lovely year round and the grapes are even better. And just like love, wine certainly proves that it all gets better with age. #passthecheeseplateplease
Chicago, Illinois, United States from Food Travelist
Looking to travel but don’t want to miss our on the cocoa goodness? The Peninsula Chicago’s Chocolate at the Pen is a delicious dining indulgence that offers a variety of chocolate dishes to enjoy after a busy day wandering the Windy City. Whether you prefer milk, white or dark, you’ll find it all that fixins of this elegant chocolate bar (pun intended) on Saturday and Sunday evenings in The Lobby.
Czech Republic from The Blonde Abroad
Although this might not be your first guess when it comes to romantic getaways, you would be awfully sorry to overlook this gorgeous couples destination. With a house dedicated solely to dancing and 4×4 tours to ride the countryside, the range of experience here is endless!
Santorini, Greece from Namastay Traveling
Although I experienced this honeymoon hot spot with a close friend, it can easily be catered for lovebirds. Crystal waters, endless beaches and romantic cobbled alleyways make this island the perfect getaway. There’s something about being surrounded by the ocean that truly allows you to escape the real world and make the most of each other’s company. Make sure you taste gelato in Fira and watch the sunset in Oia!
New York City, New York from Roam Right
From a romantic harbor cruise to a chocolate making workshop, if you’re looking for a unique way to express your love, the Big Apple is sure to have it. Fitting a variety of budgets, simply exploring the city streets as the snow falling offers a whimsical time without a hit to your wallet.
Reethi Rah, Maldives from No Destinations
Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this archipelago is lined with luxurious resorts with all the amenities, plus some. Without a major city, you can truly enjoy some peace and quiet living the simple life, or at least experiencing it for a day or two.
Caribbean Riviera Maya, Mexico From Plan Your Escape
Recognized as a romantic paradise, is the perfect balance of secluded beaches and intriguing activities. Spend the day snorkeling in the clear waters or exploring the Mayan ruins followed by an evening at one of the many soft-lit restaurants. This is the perfect place to visit that is sure to have activities that suit all interests.
Key West, Florida, United States from Namastay Traveling
It doesn’t get more romantic than a warm weekend away while the rest of the states are freezing. Key West is built on relaxation and fun, the two best things for a couple who’s been too busy to pay attention to each other. A trip down here isn’t complete without a stop at Better than Sex dessert cafe, the perfect Valentine’s Day themed restaurant that you can visit year round!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia from Couples Coordinates
Nothing quite says ‘I love you’ like a full spa experience! This incredible leaves no detail out and is able to cater your visit to exactly each of your needs. This is definitely the place where you need to #treatyoself because even though Valentine’s Day is for sharing love with others, it’s sometimes even more important to take care of yourself!
Portugal from Wanderlust Aussies
One of the best ways to ensure quality time with each other is planning a road trip. Exploring the new roads that wind through national parks, charming cities and food havens is the best way to enjoy each other’s company without any distractions. Plus, driving shotgun with a partner is the greatest test of patience, amiright? Road trips are an excellent assessment of how to treat each other kindly under occasional stressful situations.
Travel Inspiration from Who Needs Maps
If you’re simply looking for a little more adventure inspiration in your life, look no further than these inspiring and thoughtful quotes about couples who travel!
How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?