We had a blast on our Twitter Chat devoted to romantic travel tips! Thanks to our sponsor, Visit Colorado Springs (@VisitCOS) and an array of participants, we enjoyed a lively exchange and learned a ton. Here, just a taste of the great romantic travel advice dispensed in today’s chat. I answered questions for @BudgetTravel, and BT staffers Jamie Beckman and Rosalie Tinelli chimed in from NYC as well. For a chance to win a trip to Colorado Springs, enter here!
Q: What is your favorite romantic travel destination?
My wife and I are outdoorsy and cherish our time in the Rockies, especially discovering a lake or waterfall we’ve never seen before. (@BudgetTravel)
We can’t help but love Colorado Springs and the view from the top of Pikes Peak Summit! (@VisitCOS)
Anywhere outside of the city – preferably when it’s chilly. Like a cabin in the mountains! (@MatadorNetwork)
Q: What is your favorite type of romantic getaway (beach, nature, foodie, charming city?)
Hard for @BudgetTravel to pick one! A lake house in the mountains is sublime, but so is a foodie/art/theater getaway. (@BudgetTravel)
Finding new places to eat with your [heart emoji] is one of the best parts of traveling. (@ContikiUSA)
Beach! Relaxing next to each other in the warm sun while reading, dozing & quietly appreciating downtime together is a treat. (@JamieBeckman)
Q: Got tips for couples traveling together for the first time?
Discuss expectations: Exploring, relaxing, shopping, eating? Sure you like each other, but you won’t agree on everything. (@BudgetTravel)
Patience and communication are key. (@ViatorTravel)
It’s ok to split off and do other separate activities. (@MatadorNetwork)
Prepare to learn a LOT about each other & have a ton of fun. (@ContikiUSA)
Compromise. Go with her for a formal tea and she’ll be happy to go to the Tigers game. (@TheOpenSuitcase)
Pack your patience and don’t hold grudges. There are bound to be some missteps, so don’t let a silly tiff ruin your vacation. (@JamieBeckman)
Q: What is your secret for saving money without skimping on romance?
Spend on priorities: If new restaurants are your thing, budget for them and cut back on, say, hotel swank. (@BudgetTravel)
Leverage the shoulder seasons for romantic getaways. Don’t get trapped in Valentine’s day, or other holiday prices. (@MatadorNetwork)
Try an off-season beach with miles of sand for just the two of you. (@TheOpenSuitcase)
Small towns + inexpensive lodging + no tourists = Romance! (@LittleRoadsEuro)
I try to travel more off-season and bring things like wine or lunch for the road with us – intimate without spending. (@RosalieTinelli)
Q: What is a good outdoor adventure activity for couples to try for the first time?
Canoeing! You gotta work together, tell each other what feels good, find the right rhythm and chemistry. (@BudgetTravel)
A nice float or battling the rapids – rafting is a thrill on the Arkansas River. (@VisitCOS)
I loved surfing lessons with my husband in Tahiti. Neither of us was a natural but it brought joy & laughs watching each other try! (@JamieBeckman)
Q: Where is the best spot in the world to kiss?
Golden hour in the Rockies, Fiesole overlooking Florence, or sometimes even a busy NYC street – you know when it happens. (@BudgetTravel)
The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, with its "Kissing Camels." (@VisitCOS)
Devil’s Falls! (@TheBuriedLife)
Mermaid style, under the sea! (@ContikiUSA)
Wherever you and your partner happen to be. (@ViatorTravel)
How about the cliffs at Loop Head, Ireland? (@LittleRoadsEuro)
A glacier in Iceland! Once we figured out how to work around the snowmobile helmets! (@TheOpenSuitcase)
Under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s magical. Just hold onto your wallet to avoid pickpockets eyeing distracted lovebirds. ;) (@JamieBeckman)