Romantic Insta-Worthy Destinations

It doesn’t matter if you’re a couple who loves to go on adventures or kick back and relax; there are Insta-worthy destinations that’ll keep those romantic fires burning. That could mean sand, sparkling water, and soaking in the sun. That could also mean exploring vibrant cities filled with cultural and historical adventures. In the following list, you and your significant other can find the best spots for a proposal, honeymoon, or romantic getaway.

Cayman Islands

After landing in Grand Cayman’s newly improved airport, you’ll hear the sound of steel drums welcoming you to this tropical oasis. Check out the area’s luxury hotels for days of relaxation, sipping Pina Coladas, and romantic boat rides. Legends say that if you kiss one of the area’s stingrays, you’ll have seven years of good luck!

Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand’s second-largest island is home to exotic white beaches, groves of coconut trees, and lush forests. Visiting the Gulf of Thailand means having your pick of posh resorts, including some that greet you with delicious scoops of coconut ice cream when you arrive. You’ll love the array of activities, including taking cooking classes together or practicing Tai Chi on the beach.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Boarding Reno is one of America’s most beautiful freshwater lakes, Lake Tahoe. Plan a ski weekend at one of the area’s renowned ski resorts. Be sure to hit one of the summit bars for panoramic views. If you prefer traveling in the spring, check out the area resort’s hot tubs, pool bars, and incredible views! No matter if you’d like to stay lakeside or closer to the airport, there are many opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Along with being America’s most classically charming hot spot, Louisiana is growing in popularity among couples looking for a romantic getaway closer to home. You’ll find everything from rotating carousel bars to rooftop pools. There are endless opportunities for sampling the city’s cuisine, including a classic Creole dinner in the French Quarter.

Northern Italy

There are many reasons to add Northern Italy to our list of Insta-worthy romantic hot spots, including Venice’s canals, Florence’s food scene, and Milan’s Renaissance art. When coupling that with Verona’s romantic reputation, this destination is a lover’s haven. You and your partner can see sweeping views of the area from a former 14th-century medieval monastery, take a tour of Tuscany, and more!

Capturing the memories of your romantic getaway is magic when venturing to any one of the destinations mentioned above. Contact me today to start planning for romance and unforgettable memories at one of these romantic and insta-worthy destinations.

How to NOT Look Like a Tourist in Paris

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, full of chic locals living their best lives. While France is one of the most-visited countries in Europe, this doesn’t mean you want to stick out like a sore thumb! Here are a few tips on how to not look like a tourist in Paris.

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Wardrobe

It’s no secret that Parisiens are stylish, and the city itself is a hub for fashion and creatives alike. Before you go out and buy a whole new wardrobe fit for Paris Fashion Week, take stock of your closet. You probably already have an attire that would blend in on the streets of Paris.

Do: Bring plain t-shirts, well-tailored pants, a nice pair of shoes

Don’t: Bring your baseball caps, Hawaiian shirts, and sports jerseys

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Language & Tone of Voice

Take some time on the plane to brush up on some basic French. Learning some basic French phrases goes a long way, and is a sign of respect. Speaking of respect, say “bonjour” when you enter a store, “au revoir” when you leave, and “non merci” if someone is offering you something that you don’t want.

Do: Speak softly, and make an effort to communicate in French

Don’t: Shout into your cell phone, or expect everyone to speak to you in English

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Dining

From Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy neighborhood cafes, it’s hard to beat the dining scene in Paris. For the French, dining is an experience, and one not to be rushed. Don’t gulp your meal, and certainly don’t expect the quick food and service that you may experience in North America. Expect for your meal to take some time, and enjoy the slower pace that allows you to appreciate every sip and morsel.

If you happen to not finish your meal, do not ask for a to-go container (aka a doggy bag). While it’s customary in the United States to tip up to 20%, in France the gratuities are included – listed as “service compris” on your bill and is usually about 18%.

Do: Try restaurants off the beaten path, further away from the tourist attractions

Don’t: Request modifications to your meal at a restaurant, as it’s considered rude (unless for medical or dietary restrictions)

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Day to Day Life

Paris is not only a charming and romantic destination but also a major metropolitan city. With that in mind, you need to keep your wits about you and be conscientious of pickpocketers who prey on travelers. Avoid hanging your handbag on the back of your chair in restaurants and cafes, and don’t carry an excessive amount of cash on you. Utilize the safe (if there is one) in your hotel to store valuables, and keep your bag or valuables in front of you when using the metro or visiting crowded tourist attractions.

Forget your checklist of attractions to see, and instead consider flaneur (strolling, or meandering) with no real end game. The best times while traveling are often not visiting attractions or following your itinerary to a ‘T’, rather they’re the genuine, authentic moments in between. It’s the buttery pain-au-chocolat you eat on a park bench, or the fromagerie you discover as you meander down cobbled side streets, or even the pride you feel when you successfully complete a basic exchange in another language. That’s what you’ll remember when your suitcase is unpacked, the souvenirs given out, and the photos are printed. And that’s what you’ll be looking forward to experiencing again.

Do: Soak it all in, people watch, and leave room in your travels for free time

Don’t: Visit Paris only once

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Experience Paris like a local with these tips on how to not look like a tourist in Paris.

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Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

The best antidote to the chaos (and excitement) of planning and executing a wedding is jetting off on a romantic honeymoon, just you and your significant other. What better way to wind down, celebrate your partnership, and decompress than by hopping on a plane and jetting off somewhere magical? From the black beaches of Santorini to the rolling vineyards of California’s wine country, here are the top 5 romantic honeymoon destinations to extend your celebration of love.

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Santorini, Greece

With picture-perfect views in every direction, Santorini is a Greek honeymoon must, and for good reason. Setting the stage for romance are countless boutique hotels perched on cliffs, whitewashed buildings, and cerulean domed churches – all facing the sea. Splurge for a suite with a plunge pool, overlooking the postcard views and mythical caldera below.

Tip: Stay in Oia, located on the quieter side of the island. While there are still cruise groups and tours passing through, it offers a far more intimate feel than busy Fira.

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Maui, Hawaii

Visitors to the Aloha State are greeted with a warm temperate climate, stunning vistas, and the lingering scent of plumeria in the air. It’s no wonder it’s a favorite among honeymooners, who gravitate to the luxurious Wailea, home to the island’s finest resorts. From The Four Seasons and The Fairmont to The Grand Wailea and newly built Andaz, Wailea, therefore, provides an upscale environment to unwind and is bordered by calm beaches.

Tip: Explore the islands from the air on a jaw-dropping helicopter tour that showcases the dramatic and lush Hawaiian landscape.

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Napa Valley

Thinking of staying a little closer to home? The Napa (and Sonoma) Valley’s are a wine lover’s dream and roughly two and half hours from San Francisco. Stroll the countless vineyards, indulge in gourmet fare at The French Laundry, and take in Napa’s vibrant art scene. The laid-back Sonoma offers visitors a less commercialized alternative. At almost double the size of Napa, there are plenty of wineries to choose from. Sonoma’s Fairmont Mission Inn Resort & Spa makes for a great home base to explore the region.

Tip: The Napa Valley Wine Train is a great way to make stops at the vineyards, without the use of a car. More romantic than a mini-bus.

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The Amalfi Coast

A popular destination for Italians and world travelers alike, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is romance personified. Pastel-colored buildings are perched on steep cliffs over the sparkling Mediterranean ocean. The winding streets and alleys buzz with Vespas zipping past. The smell of coffee and baked goods emanates from cozy, family-run establishments.

There are myriad options for your home base, from the busy but conveniently located Sorrento (perfect for day trips to Naples and Pompeii) to the posh Positano (famous for its dramatic scenery and sandy beach). If you’re looking for the glam of Positano without the crowds, consider laid-back Ravello, a tiny village lacking direct beach access – but making up for it in luxurious accommodation options.

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French Polynesia

Gracing many a traveler’s bucket list is the romantic island of Bora Bora and its surrounding atolls. Known for its towering Mt. Otemanu and luxurious overwater bungalows, Bora Bora is about as romantic as they come.

Travelers seeking that same experience with a slightly lower price tag often opt for the island of Moorea. With a range of resorts offering both hotel rooms and overwater bungalows – all are set against a stunning tropical backdrop.

For couples who are ready to go all out, there’s The Brando. A luxurious resort located on the private Tetiaroa atoll. Listed as the “The Most Luxurious Eco-Resort in the World” by Town & Country Magazine. The brainchild of Marlon Brando, the resort offers guests intimate access to French Polynesia. It also acts as a center for research and education. Sustainability is weaved through everything at The Brando. However, just because this is an eco-resort does not mean that luxury has been abandoned. Guests arrive by private plane. Accommodations are individual villas on their own stretch of white sand beach. Guests also have access to biologists and naturalist guides for one-on-one tours and educational sessions.

If you have questions about these top 5 romantic honeymoon destinations, or if you’d like support planning the honeymoon (or romantic getaway) of your dreams, I’d love to support you! Chat with me here.