Need a Valentine's Day trip idea? These romantic experiences will take your love to the next level.
It’s no secret that travel compatibility is important in a relationship. And the more you travel with your partner, the more you learn about each other. Traveling with someone you love is an opportunity to not just experience new places and cultures together, but to see sides of yourself and your S.O. that you didn’t even know existed.
Recently in Bali, my fiancé and I were invited to participate in a Balinese commitment ceremony at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. I’m pretty uncomfortable with public displays of affection on a grand scale, but I’ve heard that trying a spiritual ritual is one of the best ways to experience Bali. So we decided to give it a shot, because I firmly believe that travel should throw you out of your comfort zone, at least a little. Not only that, but what better way to create lasting memories in a place neither of us had been than to take part in a ritual that focuses on our relationship?
We started the Enchanting Love Journey by writing what we meant to each other on a canvas scroll. It was very low pressure — we wrote promises to each other, but they could be as grandiose or as simple as we wanted, because this scroll was just for us. We then brought our scroll to the temple to have it blessed by a Hindu priest and participate in a Grahastha cleansing ritual. I was so humbled by this display of Balinese culture, and Mandapa’s willingness to share such intensely spiritual moments with us. Every step of the ritual was beautifully authentic and explained to us by a translator so that we understood the significance of each moment. Just having my partner by my side to take in the emotional gravity of the commitment ceremony felt intimate and valuable to our relationship.
If you and your person are looking for a unique, romantic travel experience to bring you closer this Valentine’s Day, here are 12 options, from a Balinese love ceremony to scouting the Northern Lights together in Iceland: