Best Countries For Couple Tips
Whether your idea of romance involves walking through jungle-smothered monkey forests or dancing to DJ music until the early hours, these best countries for couple trips are sure to satisfy.
One of the best Caribbean honeymoon destinations, Barbados has a plethora of pristine beaches and fabulous resorts. It also offers an array of fun activities and is outside the hurricane belt which makes it a prime choice for couples looking to escape the winter sun and recharge.
The best time to visit Barbados is during the dry season from December to April. It is warm, sunny, and less humid, making it ideal for outdoor activities and beach relaxation. However, this is also the peak tourist season so accommodations and attractions may be busier and more expensive.
Try local Bajan cuisine, which is a delightful fusion of flavors influenced by African, Caribbean, and British culinary traditions. Sample dishes like cou-cou (cornmeal and okra dish), pudding and souse (pickled pork with sweet potato pudding), and macaroni pie.
This Indonesian island is a siren song to woo-woo wellness practitioners and design buffs in equal measure, as well as surfers, yogis, spiritual pilgrims, and celebrity influencers. But a trip to the “Island of the Gods” isn’t without its annoyances: crowds, noise pollution at beaches, and a pervasive sense of entitlement by tourists all contribute to a less-than-fantastic experience.
Fortunately, Bali is also full of quieter districts where you can find the same great restaurants and hotels at a more reasonable price. And while opportunistic crime is rare, it’s best to be vigilant and don’t leave valuables lying around on public transportation.
Ubud is the most popular district for tourists, thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book and movie “Eat Pray Love.” But don’t let its reputation put you off–it’s a thriving little town full of yoga studios, vegan cafes, shops, spas, and markets, with plenty of temples, hikes (including up Mt. Batur at sunrise), and visits with healers. It’s also famous for its artisanal crafts and vibrant arts scene. And of course, it offers front-row seats to spectacular sunsets.
3. Sri Lanka
A tropical island nation on the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka—formerly known as Ceylon—offers a range of activities and experiences that are ideal for couples. The exotic locale is rugged yet polished, with cuisine that represents a melting pot of cultures. You’ll find Buddhist ruins and wildlife in the rainforests, while beaches, cities, and citadels await along the coast. You can opt for a luxury stay at the country’s newest eco-friendly hotel in Galle, or go backpacking with your loved one to remote villages and temples. It’s a beautiful country that has something for every type of traveler.
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Sandwiched between India and China, this tiny Himalayan kingdom is a true hidden gem. The nation has impressive eco-credentials (it’s the only carbon-negative country in the world), and laws dictate that 60% of the land must remain forested, which means there are always new peaks to summit. It’s also a place of profound culture, with cliff-clinging monasteries and jaw-dropping panoramas, as well as fortresses that were once used to hold prisoners. Even television and Internet were banned until 1999 to discourage foreign influence. Honeymooners can attend religious festivals and partake in a butter lamp ceremony (promising a blessed life together) at a 16th-century monastery.