Updated: Mar 3
As Galentine’s day is coming up, do you have plans with your friend yet? Have you ever heard of the saying that the best way to find out whether you’re fit as friends is to go on a trip with them? It definitely has value. During a trip, you get to spend most of the day with your friend, and you get to know their sleep schedule, how they spend money, the type of landscape and souvenir they’re interested in, or even their tedious interest. Travel is for sure one of the best ways to develop and enhance friendships. Do you want to go see the beautiful ocean or the amazing mountain with your friend, take pictures of each other, and chat about life while drinking tea? Well, don’t miss the upcoming opportunity to travel around the world on Galentine’s! Whether you want to go to the other side of the planet or just around your local area, this article can help you gather ideas and determine your destination!
Speaking of romance, Paris is inevitably the first city that comes to mind. Paris’s food, wine, and the atmosphere on its terraces make it the perfect choice for lovers. With its fame, millions of tourists come and go to Paris every year. Here are some best attractions in Paris:
Eiffel Tower-you’ve probably heard of this, as it is likely the single most famous man-made structure in the entire world. From the top of the tower, you can browse the breath-grasping view of the entire Paris. You can also walk on the glass floor or sit down and enjoy a drink at the panoramic champagne bar.
Chateau de Versailles-the famous ‘castle’ of Louis XIV. It has the wondrous Hall of Mirrors and elegant grounds. At night you can enjoy musical fountain shows.
Moulin Rouge-arguably the most famous nightclub in the world. You have a chance to see stars, musicians, and actors here. Putting that aside, sitting down with your travel partner, and experiencing the Paris culture while having a drink surely sounds amazing.
Other must-go sites: Les Catacombes, Palais Garnier, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, etc.
Another city famous for being romantic, yet it is a completely different style from Paris. Rome, one of the most splendid cities in Italy, is known for its wealth of culture and architectural beauty. Moreover, Italy as a city is full of passion and romance, whether you’re by yourself or with a bunch of friends. Here are the best things to do in Rome:
Trevi Fountain-Make a wish! This magnificent water feature has the tradition that tossing a coin into the fountain guarantees that you will return to Rome. And tossing three coins with your significant other will lead to marriage!
Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma-one of the fnest opera venues in Europe. It holds operas, concerts, ballet performances, and a range of classic shows. The lavish decoration of gilding, velvet seats, and renaissance frescoes give you the perfect situation to dress up and enjoy the rich art and culture!
Aventine Hill-One of the seven famous hills in Rome, it provides some of the finest views in Rome as the southernmost hill in the city. Hiking it at night offers a peaceful and quiet place away from the city, a perfect place to sit down and chat with your partner about little things in life to greater dreams. There is an orange garden (giardino degli aranci) where you can find a bench, overlooking Rome, and enjoy the citrus scent.
Other must-go sites in Rome: Villa Borghese Gardens, Trastevere, Vatican museums, Tiber, etc.)
After the popular, well-known city of romance, let’s move on to some less-known romantic places. If you do not like the vibe of big cities and consider nature more romantic, Kauai is definitely the place for you. Kauai has cliffs and sunny beaches, epic hikes and hills. It has the Jurassic Park waterfall, Hawaii’s only navigable river, and the Na Pali Coast. Here’re the best things to do on the Garden Island:
Koloa Rum Company-this is Kauai’s special-tasting room of Hawaii’s legendary rum due to its rich history of sugar cane plantations. Koloa offers a variety including rum cakes and rum fudge sauce. You can also go on a train ride on the historic grounds or explore the nearby landscapes.
Wailua River-THis is the only navigable river in Hawaii. It is twenty miles and surrounded by palm trees and other jungle greenery. Wailua river is perfect for boating, kayaking, and joining guided tours to see the amazing waterfalls, lava rock caves, and raping ferns.
Smith Family Garden Luau-after Wailua River, you can go to the valley next to it for this lively luau. The Smith Family Luau includes grandmother’s poi, cousin Gary’s teriyaki beef, and juicy Kalua pig. The feast also provide a Polynesian family hula celebration. You get to walk around the gardens and see local plants/wildlife if you arrive early!
Other must-go sites: Lappert’s Ice Cream, Lydgate Farms, Kauai Coffee Estate, etc.
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Unlike the big city of Paris or the paradise-vacation place Kauai, Carmel by the Sea is known for its peacefulness and aesthetic as a small town in southern California. It is hundreds of miles away from big cities, you can efficiently get away from your worldly worries here. The best things to do in Carmel Valley:
Indulge a spa day-spas that incorporate the town’s natural beauty. There are customized spa rituals using herbs and botanicals are grown on-site, steam room, dry sauna, and warming pool, and there is the “refuge thermal cycle”, where you first heat up, then cool down and finally relax outdoors with the Santa Lucia Preserve.
Try the wine-Carmel by the sea is one of the best wine-growing regions in California. You can find the best tasting rooms within walking distance and you will find it much more affordable than Napa and Sonoma. The most famous are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Stroll Carmel Valley Village-as mentioned before, the town has beautifully built buildings, even the little bakery around the corner or the breakfast restaurant exemplifies their own styles. Spend an afternoon strolling on the street without a destination, and you will find yourself in boutiques, galleries, and storefronts. You may even encounter live music and other special events.
Other must-go sites: Garland Ranch Regional Park, Earthbond Farms, horseback riding
On top of determining your destination, accommodation is also a crucial part of a trip. GlobeSisters help you find sisters around the world, you can find a great home to stay and emerge yourself into the local culture. The best thing is that you can develop friendships with your host during that time as well! Sounds interesting? Learn more about the pros and cons of Couchsurfing and get to know GlobeSisters! GlobeSisters also has more information on the best travel destinations in the U.S. if you want further suggestions. We hope you and your friends find your favorite destination and spend a wonderful Galentines!