Valentine’s Day Travel – 5 Alternative Destinations

Take a different approach to Valentine’s Day this year – from cemeteries in Paris to dog sledging in Quebec.

Roses, chocolate, heartfelt poetry – feel like you’ve done it all before? Leave it all behind this Valentine’s Day do things a little differently and head off the beaten track to somewhere new.

Travel light with the bare essentials:

Valentine’s short break checklist!

  • If you’re planning on some last minute romance don’t forgot to pack the plastic. Travelling with a credit card over cash is more secure, and sometimes a better value way of paying for things when you consider the costs of exchanging currency. A romantic weekend is all about spending time together, not fussing over holiday spending so make it as smooth as possible! Certain credit cards can give a better deal for spending abroad – if you travel often it’s worth investigating your options.
  • Check the weather in your destination before you pack. February is an unusual month to go abroad for many, so prevent any surprises by being prepared. Shivering on a beach can really kill the mood!
  • If your trip is a whisking-off-the-feet surprise, remember you’re checking travel documents for two people. Is your partner’s passport up to date? Have you arranged your partner’s travel insurance?
  • Make arrangements in advance where you can. If you’re planning a romantic meal, don’t wait until you’re in an unfamiliar town or city before looking for reservations. Do your research online before you leave, to take advantage of reviews and secure that table in the popular restaurant in advance.

Now on to the inspiration… Here are five alternative destinations:

Lakeside loveliness

Escape from it all at the eco-friendly Fisherman’s Cabin nestled in a forest on the edge of a serene lake. Situated in the beautiful Dordogne region of South West France, the cabin offers a chance to truly escape from it all and leave the stresses of the real world behind you. Inside the cabin you’ll find candles, an eclectic library, art materials and maps in case you want to go for a walk in the woods, upon request you’ll find a fridge stocked with beer and wine for a relaxing evening around the campfire. You can even take out a raft on the peaceful lake, provided it isn’t too cold.

See the light

Add a bit of colour to your Valentine’s Day by heading north to the stunning aurora borealis of Iceland. This natural phenomenon lights up the sky with magical colours and seeing them are on most people’s bucket list. Aside from the beautiful skies, Iceland’s capital Reykjavik offers a plethora of romantic activities for loved up couples. Take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon Thermal Spa or visit the Gulfoss waterfalls, the capital city also offers plenty of cosy cafes to relax in.

Cosy up in Canada

Venture a bit further afield, to a city renowned as North America’s most romantic: Quebec. As luck would have it, Valentine’s Day coincides with Quebec’s Winter Carnival, when the city comes to life with ice sculptures, winter sports and dogsled races.

The Auberge Saint Antoine Hotel is famed as being one of the most romantic in the city, and you’ll find the boutique hotel housed in a historic warehouse in the old port area.

Paris…but not as you know it

A trip to Paris doesn’t have to follow the usual stereotype. The Lonely Planet recommends a trip into Paris’ darker side, taking in the anything-but-romantic sites of Les Catacombes – where endless skulls stare out from endless rows and tunnels, La Conciergerie – where many awaited their death by the guillotine during the French Revolution, the Sewer Museum and the city’s many macabre cemeteries.

Fife’s Finest

Located in the North East of Scotland is a flurry of stunning countryside, an array of beautiful villages and the undisputed home of golf. If you’re looking to get closer to nature this Valentine’s day, Fife offers a number of options. The pretty seaside villages of St Monans and Elie or Kinshaldy beach are all ideal for a romantic stroll with your partner. Alternatively, not far from Ceres, is the picturesque gorge of Dura Den with it’s pretty waterfalls.

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