Romantic Getaways

Cue up the violins, scatter the rose petals, pop a bottle of bubbly, and get ready to plan some romantic getaways. For couples at the beginning of a relationship, a weekend away can be an important opportunity to learn more about (and to see how long you can stand) one another. For couples deep into a partnership, romantic holidays offer an equally important occasion to switch gears, recharge, and realign. There are as many different styles of romance as there are kinds of couples: some may prefer an active and adventurous weekend in the woods, others a cosmopolitan jaunt to a new city and its street food. Some may look for a relaxing weekend by the beach, others a bouquet of flowers and candlelit dinners in the countryside. Travel + Leisure’s writers and editors have searched the globe for the most romantic experiences, whether that’s hiking into a volcano or reserving a suite that overlooks the Eiffel Tower.Romantic PlacesUltimately, the most romantic places will be those that make you and your partner the happiest, and feature the experiences you both love best: a great restaurant, a stunning hike, a spa day, frozen margaritas at a swim-up bar, a wine tasting at a favorite vineyard, a room in a historic castle, a carriage ride through Central Park. The real romance is that you are enjoying yourselves together.Unless you prefer a country cottage or a quirky apartment rental, couples booking rooms in hotels and resorts often have the option of choosing a package deal designed for setting the mood—often by a cold bottle of champagne in your room on arrival, among other rose petal–themed surprises. Prices go up around Valentine’s Day, but otherwise deep winter and shoulder seasons in late fall and early spring will yield the best deals. Looking for a sleepy weekend in the country? A lively trip to a large city’s downtown? An opportunity to slip into your bathing suit? A chance to strap on your ski goggles? T+L has trip ideas for every taste. Check in often for the most recent news and recommendations.

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The Best Weekend Getaways for Couples

Want to spice things up in your relationship? Then it's time to get out of town. Here are the best weekend getaways for couples.

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The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019

Ask the Travel + Leisure staff where we want to travel in 2019, and most of us will answer, honestly, where don’t we? RelatedSee the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020 When it comes to singling out the best vacation spots and compiling our annual year-end list of the places we’re most excited about in the coming months, narrowing down the field is easier said than done. We pore over press releases, tourism statistics, and our overflowing spreadsheets of hotel openings, restaurant debuts, and new flight routes before deciding where to go on vacation. We consider the anecdotal evidence: Where are our friends and families going on vacation? What vacation destinations are we seeing on Instagram? Which places seem to be part of today’s travel zeitgeist? And, as always, we turn to our network of travel experts for vacation ideas — trusted writers, hospitality professionals, the travel advisors that make up T+L’s A-List — to see where people are actually going, and which places are the ones to watch in the coming year. This year’s list of the best vacation spots spans the globe, from exciting southern hemisphere cities like Santiago, Chile, and Brisbane, Australia, to harder-to-reach regions like Langkawi, Malaysia and the Danish Riviera. There are the new capitals of culture — Nairobi, Kenya, home to a emergent design scene, or Panama City, with a deluge of forward-thinking restaurants and bars — and the tourism destinations that are back in fighting form after natural disasters or human conflict, including Puerto Rico, the Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Egypt, and Montecito, California. And, of course, there are the destinations that we haven’t heard much about, but certainly will soon — places like India’s remote Andaman Islands, or the art and history-filled emirate of Sharjah, in the U.A.E., or the under-the-radar wine scene in Etyek, Hungary. After all, isn’t dreaming about places totally new to us — and seeing old favorites in a new light — why we travel in the first place? Here are Travel + Leisure’s 50 best places to travel in 2019. If you already know where you're going in the year ahead, share your vacation destination picks with us on social media with #TLBestPlaces.