Quality time is the secret ingredient of any successful relationship, and what better way to spend it than forging your own adventures in new and exotic places with the love of your life?
First-time experiences allow you and your spouse to get to know each other in ways you didn’t know possible.
So take the trip of a lifetime and see one of these corners of the earth that just wouldn’t be the same without your better half by your side.
While places like Bali should have made the list with their romantic waterside huts and unforgettable jungle expeditions, the 8-day mandatory quarantine-upon-arrival makes it a bit hard to enjoy your stay.
So, this list is specifically designed to give you destinations you can actually enjoy with your loved one, despite the never-ending list of COVID-19 flight restrictions and border closures.
1. Santorini, Greece
This exotic Greek island is the perfect place to have a fantasy-filled honeymoon, anniversary, or a “just because” trip.
The hilly terrain is lined with bright white buildings and sky-blue dome roofs, making you a part of your very own fairytale.
Enjoy a fantastical view of the Aegean Sea from the magnificent 5-star Majestic Hotel designed intentionally with you and your partner in mind.
Thankfully, United States citizens are still allowed to visit this cliffside escape as long as they submit a Passenger Locator Form verifying where they are coming from and comply with COVID-19 testing protocols.
However, with the ever-changing policies across Europe, always check for any updated travel restrictions prior to booking your flight or hotel.
2. Adventures in Tanzania
There are always those couples who like to take the adrenaline rush to the next level, and driving up to see a rare, 3,000-pound black rhino in northern Tanzania is definitely a way to do that.
Thrill-seekers most notably come to Tanzania to hike the monstrous Mount Kilimanjaro, but there is plenty of adventure without undergoing the preparation, fitness, and time it would take to accomplish such a feat.
Check out one of the many wildlife conservation parks, the Serengeti National Park, or take a safari tour for an up-close experience of the creatures you’ve only seen your kid’s science book.
There will be plenty of times to grab the beloved hand of your partner when you approach the hut of a local tribe or see your very first lion lounging about the baobab trees of the eastern African plains.
But just as a heads up – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 4 travel warning for Tanzania despite receiving no “numbers on COVID-19 cases or deaths since April 2020,” the US Embassy in Tanzania states.
There are no country-wide rules on wearing masks, social distancing, or other preventative COVID-19 precautions, so travel at your own risk.
Hey, these are people who have to coexist with the ‘Big Five’ – lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo – so I doubt they’re concerned with the coronavirus.
3. Cappadocia, Turkey
Turkey isn’t known as being one of the world’s romantic destinations – but it actually has so many whimsical qualities.
Cappadocia is definitely a “fairy-tale vacation,” as Travel and Leisure puts it, with their speckled “fairy chimneys” throughout the city.
Unfortunately, you will not see any actual fairies because these chimneys are in fact rock cones carved out to allow ventilation and light into underground caves, churches, and homes.
Travel to this other world for a fantastical journey neither you nor your spouse will ever forget – just be mindful of the citywide curfew currently in effect.
4. South Caicos, Turks and Caicos
Caicos is famed for being a romantic dreamland with celebrities like the Kardashians, Brad Pitt, Rihanna, and Drake seeking out the whimsical destination according to Lonely Planet.
With iconic beaches stretching across 40 different islands, there will always be a corner of paradise for you and your better half to sneak off to.
And Sailrock Resort should definitely be on your accommodations wish-list.
The luxury property offers romantic beachside houses where you wake-up to the smell of the Caribbean Ocean before strolling along the turquoise waters on pearly-sand beaches.
United States citizens are currently allowed to enter South Caicos and the Turks, but must first obtain a pre-authorization through the TCI Assured Portal and confirm a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.
Any new adventure with your spouse is sure to enhance the romance, but traveling to one of these destinations will definitely take things to a new level.
Don’t just settle for the monthly date-night at your local restaurant chain – get out and see the world together!