You may or may not have noticed, but here, on Good To See, we run a few adverts in the footer and the sidebar. I hope they don’t get in the way too much and according to the boffins they should be showing you adverts about things in which you have an interest. They may not be travel orientated, but hopefully they are You orientated!
So when we were asked to run some ads for dating sites we were a bit dubious! But it wasn’t till our minds went back to those early summer romances, or those nerve-wracking first holidays as “a couple” that we realised that travel and romance are pretty much inseperable!
It’s the classic. The sun is shining, the drinks are flowing, your clothes are already piled by your sun-lounger and everyone smells of coconut! It’s almost impossible not to fall in love on holiday.
But would it suprise you to hear that not even half of us have ever had a holiday fling? The boys strike it lucky slightly more often than the girls – or at least that is what we claim – and if it is going to happen at all it is going to happen between the ages of 16 and 25.
Finally, even though we think the most romantic destinations include the Maldives, the Seychelles and the Caribbean, if you are looking for holiday romance you are better off heading to Greece or Spain! Probably something to do with the price of drinks!
Your First Short Break as a Couple
Maybe even before you’ve moved in together, the first short break abroad can be one of the most romantic times of your life – it is also fraught with problems. Did you know that 1 in 10 couples will break up following a holiday with one quarter having a row on the first day (The Sun: July 2016).
Little surprise then that Channel 4 made a TV programme sending folks away on first breaks together, sending a camerman along to catch the fireworks!
So keep the break short, do things that you know you will both enjoy and think about going somewhere where neither of you have been before. And most importantly, avoid driving!
The ultimate romantic holiday. Whether it is a dirty weekend in Skeggy or a fortnight on Necker Island (Richard Branson’s 74-acre island of paradise) your honeymoon has the potential for being the most romantic time of your life.
Put as much effort into organising the honeymoon as you do organising the wedding. Even if you are a modern couple don’t be tempted to bring the kids along. This is your time. Your relationship with the kids will be better if your relatinship with each other is strong. So be cruel to be kind and leave them behind.
In this time of heightened emotion and exhaustion after the weddning do absolutely everything you can to avoid arguments. Don’t ignore an issue if it arises, just do all you can to stop something becoming a problem in the first place.
Romantic Holidays for the Older Generation
Whether you have been together for years or this is a new relationship, romance and the older generation can be different to what it was like when you were younger. Actually, I’m not there yet, so I have no idea how, but I presume that is why they go on cruises. It is probably about being able to have holidays without the children for the first time in 20 years – probably all long walks, glass of sherry and then whooppeee!
Maybe when I get there I will tell you about it. Until then, keep travelling and keep loving. There is nothing that can beat it.
Here are the 5 places I have enjoyed my most romantic breaks.
- Rome – highlight: a cycle ride along the Appian Way
- Prague – highlight: walk up to the castle
- Bruges – highlight: lunch at the Huidevetterhuis
- Marrakech – highlight: exploring the souk
- Edinburgh (but don’t tell the wife!)