What makes for a romantic getaway? We posed that question to our audience and, while not everyone agreed on a place (some celebrated the romantic quality of nature, others citied the charms of cities; some couples were content to stay close to home while others found bliss halfway around the world), some themes emerged nonetheless.
Spanning cultures and continents, here are the four elements that seem to be essential to romance. Disagree or have one to add? Tell us below! While you're at it, check out the 25 destinations that never fail to put our readers in the mood for love.
1. Sunsets. There is something magical about the moment that the sun kisses the horizon and then disappears behind it, bathing everything in a transformative glow—and that's just as true in Paris and Sydney as it is in the Grand Canyon.
2. Serenity. The chance to be together, uninterrupted (though not necessarily alone), was a theme that transcended destination. Finding seclusion in the Scottish Highlands turns out to be just as refreshing as sipping champagne tete a tete in Paris or people-watching in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The key seems to be the ability to un-tether yourself from the demands of daily life.
3. Water. Flip through our slideshow and you'll be amazed by how many of the places where folks found romance revolved around water—in both traditional and non-traditional ways: Hilton Head Island, Bora Bora, the Scottish Highlands, Venice, Santorini—and the list continues.
4. Food and Wine. Food played a recurring role in romance—cozy bistros, wine trails, fresh fruit.
A special thank you to everyone who shared their stories with us! Have another one to share? Tell us below.
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