While travelling during a pandemic remains challenging and ever-changing as we closely monitor protocols and regulations daily, we can still put together a wish list for future travel and plan trips while carefully watching health parameters and restrictions. Just because you may not be able to take one of these trips on Valentine’s Day, these are all new, romance-inspired experiences that are doable throughout the year—and lovely to dream about, too. —Vita Daily
for the ultimate ted lasso fan. Soccer or professional “football” is widely popular in Europe, but there are still fans on this side of the pond who love and follow the international sport. If your special someone is enthusiastic about soccer and has always dreamt about seeing the sport live in one the iconic stadiums in Europe while learning about its history and culture, global soccer legend and former Manchester United captain Eric Cantona just announced the launch of a series of curated travel experiences called Looking FC: four-day trips uniquely crafted by Cantona himself that take guests on an immersive sporting pilgrimage to explore global football cities through the lens of the world’s most vibrant clubs and their loyal fans.
working up a sweat together in costa rica. The new year is all about fitness and wellness resolutions, so for couples that want to be as active as possible while on vacation, look no further than Las Catalinas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Check out the new outdoor beachfront gym there, Core by Chakfitness, and sign up for a week of personal training and unlimited gym and class access—including a personalized take-home program. There is a wide range of fantastic accommodation options in town, and the area is an outdoor paradise for hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, yogis and water enthusiasts. Flanked by two of the best beaches on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, consistent moderate waves make it ideal for body surfing and boogie boarding as well as standup paddle-boarding and sea kayaking.
ultimate polar luxury. For those hoping to take that one trip of a lifetime this year, bespoke travel operator Blue Parallel recently launched journeys in the Polar regions, including a new romantic journey in Lapland in the north of Sweden featuring a combination of remote wilderness lodges, charming private log cabins and impressively designed tree houses deep in the Swedish woods. In addition, Blue Parallel organizes once-in-a-lifetime experiences completely in private ranging from special picnics in the wild with private chefs and nighttime sessions of gazing up at the northern lights, which is more than dreamy for couples to enjoy.
desert discovery in utah. For those looking for romantic experiences in the U.S., bathe your soul in the silence and majesty of Canyon Country in Utah. With the highest concentration of national parks in America, the Colorado Plateau offers endless opportunities to explore the likes of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park by air, by car and on foot. For those looking to restore and rebalance, it is the perfect place to delve into the ancient healing traditions of the Navajo, drawing on the elements of earth, wind, fire, and water. For the desert dwellers, Naya Traveler can put together one-of-a-kind experiences that bring you closer to the culture and history of the Navajo people.
going vegan in the caribbean. Whether you’re opting for a plant-based diet for health, environmental, animal-rights or other reasons, travel options for vegans are more accessible and easier to find. If you or your partner are vegan, planning a getaway with vegan-friendly offerings is less cumbersome than it used to be. One of the most popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotels in Saint Lucia, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, now offers an all-vegan dinner for the first time ever. The vegan dinner menu features dishes including Yellow Split Peas Soup with sweet potato, Tempura Cauliflower Bites, Sesame Braised Eggplant, Pan Seared Tofu, Vegetable Stroganoff, Grilled Cinnamon Pineapple and more.
a pizza my heart. Some say that cooking as a couple can be a bonding experience and the key to someone’s heart can be found through food. What better to way to say “I love you” than together in one of the most romantic cities in the world—Rome. Take a romantic pizza making class with Bettoja Hotels and discover the history of this traditional dish and learn how to make a real Napoletan Pizza from scratch during a one-our workshop inside one of the best roman pizzerias in the Eternal City.