12 Summer Destinations That Are Perfect for Couples
Traveling can be one of the most enriching things you can do in your lifetime — and it can be even better with a partner. Taking a trip together is one of those milestones every couple must reach in their relationship, kind of like moving in together, getting a pet, or going to Ikea.
Many people consider taking a trip together as an important step before even getting married. According to a study from Travelocity, 56 percent of couples agree that travel is important for keeping the spark in a relationship.
But probably the best reason to travel together is all about the memories you’ll make. Exploring another city, state, or country creates a wholly unique and exciting experience for both of you. Plus, seeing your partner in an unfamiliar place can tell you a lot about who they are as a person. You know how your partner relates to the world when you’re home, but you can learn so much more about them when you’re galavanting around Paris, or exploring a market in Bangkok.
Especially for couples in the first years of their relationship, getting out of your comfort zone can lead to an even deeper bond. A study conducted by US Travel found that couples who travel together, stay together for longer periods of time and are more satisfied with their relationship overall.
And the benefits don’t stop there: Couples can form better lines of communication and find better ways to compromise, since you’re both focused on each other during a trip, according to US Travel.
If you're ready to start planning your romantic getaway, here are a few amazing places we suggest going with your significant other.
The best part of Canada has to be its natural, gorgeous landscape. And you and your partner can get your fill of nature while you visit Banff National Park, conveniently close to Alberta. Spend a weekend by Moraine Lake or Maligne Lake, where you can find excellent hiking trails, incredible glaciers and wildlife.
Gorgeous, white, cliffside buildings with bright blue roofs that perfectly compliment the ocean below? Count yourselves in. Santorini is a romantic oasis and a stunning place to watch the sunset.
Lounge on pristine beaches, shop at a floating market, and eat delicious Thai food in gorgeous, exotic settings every day while you visit this increasingly popular destination for savvy travellers. Foodie couples will especially love taking this trip.
Beautiful architecture, a rich history, and plenty of arts and culture await you and your significant other in the U.K. And if you want to get away from the crowds in the city, you can always take a tour to see the vibrant, green fields and charming villages in the countryside.
Go snorkeling in the warm waters, swim in the cenote (a natural sinkhole formed in the limestone bedrock), or hike the nearby Mayan ruins. And if you just want to relax, there are also plenty of luxurious hotels and resorts to put your feet up.
You and your partner won’t find a more adventurous vacation than a safari. Visit a conservation site or wildlife park to learn about the animals and about their environment. Many of these places also have education programs where you can learn about conservation efforts as well. Serengeti National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the area.
The Adirondacks, New York
There’s nothing better than getting back to nature with your partner. Pitch a tent, breathe in some mountain air and gaze up at the stars, surrounded by maple, pine and spruce trees that make up this 6-million-acre park.
Iceland may be cold, but it’s a hot destination for people who want a unique vacation. You and your partner can soak in geothermal spas at the Blue Lagoon, watch the glow of the Northern Lights, and take a steam at one of the many saunas.
Hakone doesn’t have as many cherry trees as Kyoto, but it does have an abundance of hot springs. Take in the natural beauty of the Japanese landscape and absorb some healing waters on a nice day trip away from the city. You can also visit Mount Fuji or the Hakone Shrine.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
There are several places in Italy that are perfect for couples to go, but the gorgeous, seaside villages of the Amalfi Coast are perfect for people who want to get away from the tourist traps. Visit famous sites like the Emerald Grotto, medieval churches, museums, gardens, and natural stone streets. Or just stroll down by the ocean for some alone time.
Cappadocia is known for its “fairy chimneys” — tall, thin spires of rock peppering the landscape. There are also cave churches, homes carved into the rock, and hot air balloons. If you’re looking for a truly magical trip, you can’t do better.
What better place to ignite your passion than the City of Love? There are plenty of romantic spots to drink, eat or just enjoy each other’s company. In addition, there are lots of cultural places to visit, like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.