Be My Travel Valentine…

Valentines day. Some love it, some hate it. As an individual who doesn’t put much thought to Valentines day I often find that places steal my heart, a city, a landmark, a beach, anywhere that steals my attention enough to make me never forget it.

So I decided to get a bunch of amazing travel bloggers together to celebrate our love for travel! To share with others our chosen Valentines this year.

Be my Valentine..

Cassy from Away We Stray-

 There’s nothing better than snuggling up beneath thick blankets enjoying winter’s white paradise. I found my “traveler’s Valentine” over a cup of hot tea inside an onsen in Nagano, Japan.
One part adventure and one part retreat, Nagano holds the key to my heart with its subdued evenings and thrilling sites and activities. It is accessible only by slow-train, hours away from Tokyo, where it lies  in the rural hillside of Nagano prefecture. Nagano city, famous for its snow monkeys and snow-sport resorts is one of the coziest little towns I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. I’m still friends with the owners of the quaint B&B I rented, who supplied us with family-style dinner company and taxi-rides to the Snow Monkey Onsen.
I spent the days flushed with enthusiasm as I explored the mountainside by board, but the evenings were even better. The local onsen, (Japanese public bath house) soothed my aching muscles and rejuvinated my soul. I spent hours staring up at the expansive sky, bathing until my pink skin would take no more.
I would visit Nagano every winter if I had the opportunity to do so. I’ve never felt more at home.

Find more from Cassy here:

12660324_10153263612897611_1275932654_n

12648055_10153255735322611_526123897_n.jpg

Steven from Travel To Blank-

Prague, Be my Valentine?

Prague stole our heart right out of the bat. The city is so magical, with its beautifully unique buildings lining the cobblestone streets. It feels like you are stepping into a fairytale. There is not a specific moment in Prague that was our favorite, the entire experience while exploring the city we were just in awe.

It is our Valentine this year because of its everlasting beauty. The city of Prague not only has its beautiful architecture and rich history to explore, on top of that its citizens are the best. They are so friendly and open to helping you find your way around or sharing a tidbit of the city’s history. For us Prague is one of the most romantic and stunning cities we have visited.

If this is not enough to convince you to fall in love with Prague, just wait until you hear about our favorite food, the Trdelník. It  is a sweet pastry rolled around a stick and topped with sugar and walnuts. You can even get it filled with ice cream or other delicious options. It is the perfect treat to be share with your lovebird or by yourself while falling in love with Prague! 

Find more from Steven here:

Prague 2.jpg

Prague 1.jpg

Noemi from Pinay Flying High-

I went to Santorini for the first time 6 years ago and while I wasn’t a big fan of how crowded it was, one can’t deny the fact that its beauty is one-of-a-kind. When I went back last year, it had the same effect on me. I was impressed by its beauty just the same.
There is nothing like it anywhere else except for Santorini. The hues of blue and white dominating the whole island combined with the color of the sea and the sky will make anyone fall in love with it. February, being winter, is also the best time to go there. You’d have the whole island to yourself practically and you don’t have to deal with the hoards of tourists. It might be too cold though which could only mean that someone to cuddle with is necessary.
Find more from Noemi here:

Santorini, Greece PinayFlyingHigh.com-130.JPG

Santorini, Greece PinayFlyingHigh.com-122.JPG

Cris from LooknWalk-

I’ve fallen in love with Budapest before I even went there. Let me explain: my late grandma loved the city and she used to talk a lot about the Danube and how beautiful the city looks from Fishermen Bastion. When I first visited (2007), it took about 5 minutes to fall in love. Completely. And so badly that, since then, I’ve always found excuses to go back.

What made me fall in love? The Danube. The river flows through the city and the two banks cannot be more different. Buda Hill captured my heart because of Citadella – and its views towards Pest – , Fishermen Bastion, and Matthis Church. The opposite bank, Pest, is home to the Grand Central Market, the Danube Embankment, Heroes Square, and the Parliament. Connecting them are gorgeous bridges. My favorite is Chain Bridge.

I will always remember the view from the Fishermen Bastion towards the Parliament. I always go back there and relieve the same warm feeling every time.

Find more from Cris here:

20140523_082632.jpg

WP_20141212_13_07_04_Raw.jpg

Courtey from CourteyStelt.com-

Rarotonga, will you be my Valentine?

Growing up on the coast and living my entire life within five minutes of the beach, I have always favoured island destinations when it comes to travel. Rarotonga, the smallest of the 15 Cook Islands, is the epitome of an island paradise with its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise water, and tall coconut palms littering the shoreline. It is a place I find intoxicating, and synonymous with happiness, warmth and freedom.

My first time in Rarotonga was a trip of firsts; my first time in the Cook Islands, my first overseas holiday with my partner, Scott, my first time losing a loved one whilst overseas, and my first time falling completely in love with a place so far from home. It is because of all these things that Rarotonga has my heart.

My favourite moment in Rarotonga was the realisation that I could spend the rest of my days on the island without any hesitation. From the giant, luscious mountains that occupy the centre of the island; the surrounding lagoon, with its colourful fish and warm water; to the smiles of the locals, who go out of their way to make sure you love their island home as much as they do. It is a place that I have always felt that I belong!

If you’re looking for a Valentine that will always keep you smiling, then Rarotonga will be the love of your life. As far as a travel destination goes, it truly ticks all the boxes – you won’t regret travelling to this island paradise. In fact, I think it’s time to book my next trip!

Find more from Courty here:

rar2.jpg

image1.jpeg

Lina from Divergent Travelers-

As a perpetual traveler, I have been to many places and have loved many places. However, it was the 9 days I spent with my husband kayaking between islands and camping through Northern Palawan that stole my heart.

The Philippines still offers up a piece of untouched paradise that is so hard to come by in other parts of the world today and after a collective 8 weeks of exploring it without a doubt has my heart on Valentine’s Day. Showcasing white sand beaches, clear teal water and lush coral gardens, the Philippines provide a fairytale like tropical paradise.

If you want more variety, the jungles will lead you to hidden lagoons, rushing waterfalls and wild mountain views. Just when you think it can’t get any better, the people of the Philippines will welcome you with open arms and show you passionately the love they have for their country.

The Philippines are a real gem and compared to other countries in Southeast Asia, it is less visited making a visit seem truly special and unique.

Find more from Lina here:

edit-1754-.jpg

edit-1036-.jpg

Hannah from Getting Stamped-

I have been traveling the world nonstop for 4 years and my heart is on the beach. No other beach has captured my heart like Koh Lipe, Thailand. My husband and I took a Thailand honeymoon back in 2012 and have since spent over a year exploring the country.

We stumbled upon Koh Lipe on accident, we took a speed boat from Malaysia as a visa run not expecting to land on our favorite island in the world. I love everything about the island but let’s get real that turquoise water and white sandy beaches is out of this world! During the day we love just chilling on the beaches or renting a private long tail boat for the day to explore the nearby islands.

Our favorite restaurant in world is also on Koh Lipe, Sunrise Beach Restaurant serves up the best Penang curry in the world and it’s served right on the beach with your toes in the sand as you are looking out to ocean talk about dining with a view. Koh Lipe will you be my Valentine?

Find more from Hannah here:

GettingStamped - Koh Lipe Thailand - Romantic Getaway Collab

Getting Stamped - Koh Lipe Thailand  Honeymoon.jpg

Erin from The World Wanderer-

If there’s one place in the world that holds my heart more than anywhere else, it’s Rishikesh. Located in Northern India, this town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas is a spiritual center and the world capital of yoga.

I spent a month living here at the end of 2015 while doing my 200-hour yoga teacher training, and it was the best four weeks of my life. Each morning, we’d wake before the sun was rising and practice yoga while the sun rose over the mountains and each evening we’d do the same as we watched the sun set.

While much of the time was spent learning, we also had plenty of time to explore the city. The shop-lined streets wind down to the Ganges River, where each nightly offerings are made on the river. Here the Ganges is a turquoise blue, as it is coming from the glaciers in the Himalayas, and there is a suspension bridge full of monkeys, cows, people, and motorbikes trying to get to the other side of town. It is full of life and energy.

Maybe it was the entire experience rolled into one, the soul searching, the yoga, the spirituality, but I fell head over heels for Rishikesh.

Find more from Erin here:

IMG_2596.JPG

12186456_795138733930303_4771456346434103607_o.jpg

Mirre from Mirre Op Reis-

Venice is perhaps the most romantic city in the world. The beautiful houses, narrow streets, the canals and the lack of traffic make it a pleasant town for a (evening) walk. Take a guide with you on your tour through Venice, because there are many stories to tell about this beautiful, friendly city.
If you go to Venice on Valentine’s day, you are very lucky because this is the month in which Venice is celebrating a stylish carnival. With beautiful robes and masks, Venetians and tourists parade through the city while they pose for numerous pictures.
Have you had enough of the crowds? Go into one of the side streets and you’ll hardly see tourists anymore. Find a cozy coffee shop, put a euro on the bar and the Venetian bartender will understand that you would like to have one of those fragrant espresso’s.
From Venice it’s easy to cross by boat to the nearby islands Murano and Burano. Murano is famous for its glass blowers (they let you watch a demonstration) and Burano is a feast for the eyes with its brightly colored houses. After that, you can go to the island of Lido for some fresh air at the beach and end your day with a good glass of Italian wine on the famous San Marco square in Venice.
Find more from Mirre here:

Venice carnaval 001.jpg

Venice carnaval 002.jpg

Where or what is your Valentines this year? Please share in comments!

‘Til next time, Happy Valentines day, wherever you may be!

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

About the author

Becca

View all posts

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *