Romantic Travel Destinations Ideas

The daily grind of work and other obligations in life can send any couple into a serious rut. Whether you are dating someone special, or if you just want to get away from the kids with your husband or wife, a romantic vacation may be just what the doctor ordered to spark up an otherwise mundane love life. Selecting the perfect romantic travel destinations is the first step to planning the ideal vacation for you and the one you love.

This is the biggest in a collection of over one hundred islands, and it is truly an oasis for lovers. Located in the heart of the South Pacific, this tropical paradise boasts authentic huts with all the benefits of five-star hotels. The allure of the jungle is the perfect backdrop for island love, and a walk on any of the beaches in Tahiti is nothing short of spectacular.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Gatlinburg is a seasonal favorite of couples in the Deep South. It is where many go to renew their wedding vows, take that second honeymoon, or simply get away on a laid-back weekend for two. The Great Smokey Mountains intensifies the log cabin appeal of Gatlinburg, and the view of the mist around their majestic peaks is sure to set the mood. Walks on the Riverwalk and dinners at a wide variety of unique country restaurants and inns is just icing on the cake.

Paris, France.
There is no need for explaining why Paris makes the cut. In fact, it is safe to say that Paris is featured in most “Top Romantic Travel Destinations” compilations. Paris is often dubbed as the capital city of romance, with sights such as the Eiffel Tower, amazing architecture, and world-famous museums. Sip your cappuccino in a sidewalk caf with your partner and lazily watch the people as they bustle by, and thank heavens you decided to vacation in the city built for lovers.

Aspen, Colorado.
Aspen is a known haven for skiers, but it is also a prime location for your romantic getaway for two. The cozy ski lodges and hot nightlife make this a perfect spot for couples. Resorts that boast all-inclusive romance packages complete with all the amenities and the backdrop of freshly fallen snow is enough to get any couple in the mood.

Malta, a small island right at the heart of the Mediterranean, offers many romantic getaway locations. Gozo, which is Malta’s sister island is dubbed as the “island where time stood still”. Here you will find small, traditional Gozitan villages, surrounded by unspoilt countryside views and landscapes. Gozo is also home to beautiful, secluded beaches and fantastic diving sites.

Destination Wedding Favors

Even though favors aren’t exactly a mandatory part of any wedding, destination wedding favors are probably one of the first things that should be on your wedding planning checklist.


Because if you’re traveling out of town, let alone out of the country, to get married, your guests are more than likely going to have to spend a bit of cash to get there.

So you want to make sure you’re giving them at least a token of appreciation for going out of their way to celebrate with you.

And you also want to make sure that the favors you’re giving out are things that your guests can easily take home as keepsakes without getting broken during the trip.
What are the best destination wedding favors to look for?

Here are some of the things to consider, especially when you need to pack the favors and take them with you, or ship them ahead of time to your wedding location:

Favors that will fit into any budget.
Portability-lightweight and don’t take up a lot of space if you take them with you
Won’t melt or go bad.
No assembly required
Cheap to ship to your destination
For overseas weddings, destination wedding favors will get through customs on the way in and by your guests on the back out of the country

1. Favors that will fit into any budget. When you start shopping for destination wedding favors, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, because you might already be spending a good bit of cash on the wedding itself.

At the same time, you don’t want to give your guests cheap wedding favors either. They’ll know the difference. So look for tokens of appreciation that speak to your guests – that say a genuine ‘Thank You’ without blowing your budget.

2. Portability. You want your favors to be easy to take with you. They’ll either fit in a small enough box to take in your carry-on luggage, if you’re flying, or sit on the floor of your car and not take up much space.

3. Non-breakable. I know those cute little glass figures or ceramic pieces are really adorable. But the last thing you need is to reach your destination and a few of those little trinkets have cracked or broken.

Unless you bought extras just in case, you might be out of luck if you can’t find those same favors locally – if you even have time to shop for them.

4. Won’t melt or go bad. Edible wedding favors are pretty much all the rage today. But if you’re going to go with cookies or candy, make sure they’ll still be fresh when you’re ready to set them out for your guests.

6. Cheap to ship to your destination. The easiest way to get your destination wedding favors to your location is to ship them ahead of time – or have your vendor ship them to your location for you.

Just make sure your vendor is reliable and will definitely ship them on time. And be sure that whether you ship them yourself, or your vendor ships them for you, that your name and room number are on the shipping label so the hotel management can make sure that you get them.

Also make sure they’re shipped out enough in advance to actually reach your destination on time.

7. Getting through customs. So you’ve decided to get married outside of the U.S. – or your native country – maybe you live in Italy and you’ve always wanted to get married at Niagara Falls, either in Canada or the U.S.

Whether you’re bringing your destination wedding favors with you or you’re having them shipped over ahead of time, they need to get through customs without a problem and without any extra cost either to you or to the location where they’re being shipped

Choose an Island Among the Top Travel Destinations of the World

Where to go for your next vacation? Do you want to travel to the top of the mountains or to dive to the bottom of the sea? Well, these travel ideas might only be interesting for the happy few with special interests. But anyway the World is offering a staggering number of fantastic travel destinations of which some are much more accessible than others.

This article will open your eyes for some of the best vacation spots in the World and also mention some of the best travel sites to provide further information before you book one of the vacation packages.

Whatever you are looking for one of the budget vacation packages or you are searching for true luxury holidays you should realize that you are not only spending money to go on vacation. You are also spending a part of your life during that time of vacation. We have a limited time living -we all know that.

We benefit from spending our time in such a way that we can look forward to our future travel destinations with pleasure, during the travel period we should experience a great time and – very important – when we get back from our vacation we should have nice travel memories from the holidays to keep for the future. It is human nature to live with the memories as an important part of our quality of life. The more different travel tours we experience compared to our daily life the stronger memories they will generate – often as travel memories for life.

Personally I am a big fan of holidays on islands. Top travel destinations will include a number of island vacations in my future and also in my travel suggestions here.

So where are the best vacation spots: Let us divide the answer in some travel categories?

1. Travel to a destination with a relaxed atmosphere and enjoying a variety of leisure activities

Many of the Caribbean islands will live up to such a travel profile:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States Virgin Islands (US Virgin Islands). These islands are all blessed with local beautiful sandy beaches, blue water, a tropical scenery and easy access to some sport facilities, water sports etc. And the food is usually delicious.

Especially the Spanish speaking islands for vacation will live up to the relaxed atmosphere.
I must admit that a few of these islands could also be included in the next category, for example Tobago, with its lush rainforest, unspoiled bird life and attractive nature in general. In US you should take a serious view on Sanibel Island in Florida and Padre Island in Texas. They offer great vacation packages to a reasonable price.

2. More exotic travel destinations

These more exotic travel destinations will provide you with extraordinary memories and open a new world for your understanding of the world and how people live and how nature is far from your homeland.

Greenland is such an exotic travel destination. You can go there all year round but with very different experience. The daylight during the night in the summertime gives you lot of time to experience this outstanding island – the biggest island of the world. You will never forget a travel to Greenland.

Madagascar is the big island east of Africa in the Indian Ocean – a huge island with extraordinaire nature and a very interesting culture of the local tribes. Many species of birds other animals and plants are only living here. I am sure you have seen some glimpses of these exotic animals on TV.

The Galapagos Islands – these unique islands are difficult not to mention in a list of some of the best vacation ideas. Most tourists come to The Galapagos Islands with one of the travel packages offered from local travel agencies through your travel agent in your country. A trip to Galapagos will always be a cruise trip as tourist will live on a cruse ship to be able to visit the different islands of the Galapagos archipelago. I prefer a smaller boat for a bigger cruise ship for the best Galapagos experience. Expect to come very close to breeding birds, reptiles and sea lions. A once in a lifetime experience.

Five Fresh Ideas to Experience Kenya

There are so many hidden treasures within a few hours’ drive of Nairobi, Kenya, that are often overlooked when Nairobians set about planning their weekend getaways. The trouble is that the big game parks, which are often favoured, are further away and usually require a three-day trip from Nairobi. So where can you go if you want to leave on Saturday morning and return on Sunday evening?

1. Lake Magadi

This vast salt pan attracts myriad water birds, especially flamingos. Nearby are Shompole Conservancy and Ngurumann Escarpment which are part of a wildlife corridor between the Maasai Mara and Amboseli. Departing Nairobi on a Saturday, stop at Olorgaisailie Pre-Historic Site about half way between Nairobi and Magadi before continuing to Magadi town for lunch. After lunch, enter the Lake Magadi Conservation Area where you can walk, do some bird-watching, swim in the very hot springs or just relax. On the Sunday you can enjoy a lazy morning of swimming, walking or birding before leaving the conservation area to head back to Nairobi. On the way, stop at the famous Olepolos restaurant for nyama choma overlooking part of the Great Rift Valley.

2. Ol Pejeta

Home to a rhino sanctuary and Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary, Ol Pejeta is located just south of Nanyuki in central Kenya. You want to leave Nairobi as early as possible on the Saturday to arrive at Sweetwaters Tented Camp inside Ol Pejeta in time for lunch. Stop at the equator just before turning off the highway for the obligatory photo as you cross into the northern hemisphere. In the afternoon, go for a game drive in the conservancy. On the Sunday, go for a morning game drive and return to Sweetwaters for a hearty brunch before heading back to Nairobi.

3. Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is one of the most popular destinations for Nairobians looking for a weekend escape. However it still bears mentioning as its proximity to Nairobi makes it a perfect candidate for this list. You can leave Nairobi early on Saturday morning and get dropped at the entrance to Hell’s Gate National Park for a cycling safari. Once your energy is spent on the bicycle, you can relax with a late afternoon boat cruise on Lake Oloiden to see the spectacular birdlife of the area. On Sunday morning, go for a walking safari in one of the conservancies next to the lake to see giraffes, zebras, eland, impala, and gazelles up close.

4. Lake Baringo

A little bit further afield, but so beautiful it is definitely worth a visit. With over 450 species of birds, Lake Baringo is a paradise for bird-watchers. Leave Nairobi early on Saturday morning to reach Lake Baringo in time for lunch. In the afternoon you can go for a nature walk up to the escarpment overlooking the lake. On Sunday morning take a cruise on the lake to see the water birds and hippos waking up for the day. Fishermen are also out on the lake in their dugout canoes. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast after the boat cruise (it is best to get out on the lake around 7am for the best bird-watching opportunity) before driving back to Nairobi, stopping for lunch in Nakuru.

5. Suswa Caves

On the way to the Maasai Mara as you enter Maasai-land is the small town of Suswa and Mt Suswa rises to your left as you travel towards Narok. It’s a very dusty road as you turn off the highway and head into the Suswa Conservancy. There are two campsites, one right above the caves and another on the rim of Mt Suswa’s crater. Local Maasai guides can take you for hikes to the crater rim and through the caves – it is recommended to do one hike on the Saturday afternoon and the other on the Sunday morning. Neither is very strenuous but it can get very hot with little shade.