Romantic Holiday Ideas and Tips


Romantic holiday beach scene

Going on holiday together can be the perfect way to take your dating to the next level. It’s an exciting time and planning your trip is half the fun, so we’ve put together a few romantic holiday ideas to get you started.


The staycation

Britain can be a pretty beautiful place when the sun shines. And there’s something to be said for leaving the stress of departure lounges and hire cars for a holiday further along in your relationship. Plus, with plenty of quaint cottages to rent and country hotels to visit, a staycation is a fun and affordable romantic holiday option.

The Lake District, for example, has scenery that inspired William Wordsworth to put pen (or quill, more likely) to paper and write his famous daffodil poem. There’s cream teas and impressive cliffs to be found if you head for the Devonshire coastline, as well as city-breaks galore.

Check out our Great Date Guide for some ideas on where to go – all voted for by eHarmony members.


The mini-break

 Love in Paris

Four days for a first holiday is a nice length – enough time to relax and enjoy yourselves, and not so much time that you’re counting down the days until you get the bathroom to yourself again.

Cheap online travel agents like Expedia are teeming with affordable holiday packages – often still with quality airlines and five-star accommodation included. There are some great places in Europe to visit too – Portugal, for example, is surprisingly cheap, amazingly hot and home to some breathtaking views.

Or you could go for a gastronomic-style holiday with a trip to France or Italy – think buttery croissants, lovely coffee and the best ice-creams you’ll ever share. Plus, with the Eurostar you can book your tickets at the station 30 minutes before departure and be in Paris a couple of hours later – how’s that for a last minute, no-hassle mini-break?


The long-haul

 Sri Lanka beach

For some, nothing but the blue of the Indian Ocean or the fiery heat of South America will do when it comes to romance. And who can blame them?

Jetting off to far-flung shores often guarantees you not only good weather but one of those, epic, we’ll-remember-forever type holidays.

There are places aplenty too – but this year’s favourite has to be Sri Lanka. So if you’re looking for sun, sea, turtles, elephants and great food, it sounds like they’ve got romantic thing down.

There’s always the honeymoon-holidays too, like the Maldives or the Seychelles. But be warned, you’ll be sharing your jaw-dropping views with gooey-eyed just-marrieds, and everyone will either be asking you how your wedding was, or which beach you’re planning to pop the question on (that other big relationship question, usually after ‘will you move in with me?’ and ‘will you stop squeezing the toothpaste like that?’).


All set? Here’s a few handy tips before you go…


  1. If you’re looking for a holiday where the romance comes more naturally, you might want to avoid the stereotypically ‘romantic’ cities like Paris. Candlelit dinners overlooking the Eiffel Tower can sometimes feel a little highly charged, especially for a first trip.
  2. Holidays are often the first time you’ll properly discuss money as a couple. It’s a good idea to open yourselves up to this kind of conversation before you go so it’s tension free when it comes to booking flights and paying for things while you’re away.
  3. Finally, we recommend a guidebook date before you set off. Sit down together and take a look at the things there are to see and do. Not only is it a fun way to get into the vacation mood, but it’ll make sure you’re both on the same page about what your holiday will look like.


Got any more ideas for us? Share your favourite romantic holidays with us in the comments!

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