Ditch the roses and chocolate this Valentine's Day and take a journey that transcends the typical clichés of love. Break free from traditional destinations known for love and romance, and instead, explore unique, off-the-beaten-path locations that promise an unforgettable celebration of your unique connection. It's time to get inspired with unconventional ideas for a Valentine's Day getaway.
Reconnect with Nature in the Scottish Highlands
Swap crowded restaurants for the vast, untamed beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Immerse yourselves in the raw romance of nature with long walks, reliving the trans-era love story in the hit television show Outlander, where majestic glens, moors and lochs of the Scottish Highlands unfold. Then, enjoy cosy evenings by the fire and savour a local whisky under the starlit sky.
Follow the Flowers in Mexico City
Mexico City's artistic soul is perfect for couples seeking a date with culture. Visit world-class museums, explore vibrant neighbourhoods and savour authentic Mexican cuisine. Forget about giving flowers and head to Xochimilco whose name means ‘where the flowers grow’. Experience its unique charm from a ‘trajinera’, a neon-painted gondola, as you navigate the Mexican Venice, surrounded by mariachi music and a floating market.
Starry Nights in the Atacama Desert
Shift your focus from gazing into your loved one’s eyes and instead try stargazing in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Share a serene moment beneath the expansive desert sky marvelling at the clarity of the stars. This celestial encounter transcends the ordinary, allowing you to connect with your partner as if you were the only two people in existence. Surrounded by salt flats and untamed landscapes, it promises to be an out-of-this-world sensation!
Make Your Heart Beat Faster in Banff National Park
If cold climate adventures are what make you tick, you’ll love February in Banff National Park in Canada. Engage in winter sports, from skiing to ice climbing, then unwind in a hot spring surrounded by snow-covered mountains. It's an adrenaline-fueled escape for the non-traditional couple. Enhance the experience by gliding through the snow on a dogsled tour from Canmore to Lake Louise for a uniquely romantic, wintery Valentine’s Day.
The Blue Pearl of Chefchaouen
Ditch Valentine’s red for a splash of blue in Morocco, where the enchanting, blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen await. After you’ve captured all the photos of your special someone you need, wander through vibrant local markets, refreshing with a squeezed-to-order orange juice and buying beautiful souvenirs. Explore the city’s charming Medina, dine in local restaurants and don't miss the sunset hike to the Spanish Mosque.
Shades of Pink in Jaipur
Escape the ordinary and find your heart in the royal hues of Jaipur, India. Known as the 'Pink City,' Jaipur boasts stunning architecture adorned in shades of pink, creating a regal and romantic atmosphere. Discover the iconic Hawa Mahal, a palace with intricate pink facades and stroll through the bustling bazaars where vibrant textiles and traditional crafts abound. Then find a table for two at one of Jaipur's exquisite restaurants and indulge in a feast of flavours.
Break up with token gift-giving and spend Valentine’s Day doing something unconventional in a new part of the world to create lasting memories that you and your partner will cherish. Contact your local Travellers Choice agent to book your next Valentine’s escape.