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Photo Essay from around Costa Brava

There is more delicious food and stunning scenery in Costa Brava than you can shake a Pimientos de Padrón at. We present a photo essay of Costa Brava.

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Sant Feliu de Guíxols lookout

We love to capture our travel adventures in words. We like to put you in the moment with us as we tear around the Tuscan countryside on our scooter. Or we want you to live vicariously through us as we face our own fears when we are deep underground caving in Budapest.

However, sometimes it is just easier to paint a picture in your head with photos rather than words…

Costa Brava in Photos

Girona Cathedral Costa Brava

If you want a place to base yourself in Costa Brava, then start in Girona. Colourful houses, cute bridges criss-cross the winding river, and enough scrumptious food to keep any foodie in heaven. Or a food coma.

Pimientos de padron Green Peppers Spain

Apparently 1 in 10 of these delicious salty Pimientos de Padrón (tiny green peppers an inch or two long) are a hiding a secret spiciness waiting to unleash on the unsuspecting pinxtos eater. Luckily, even though I ate a tonne, I never hit a spicy one.

Costa Brava Rail Trail Biking

When we were not eating, we were on a cycling tour along endless tracks with not a soul in sight.

Costa Brava secret waterfall

And being shown incredible secret spots like this secluded waterfall by our local cycling guides. I just wish I had my swimming togs.

Palamos Beach Costa Brava

Costa Brava runs along the northeast coastline of Spain, so there are empty stretches of beaches like this one near the town of Palamos just waiting to be explored. Wouldn’t be a bad place to live and launch your rowing boat through your castle wall.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery Costa Brava

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Sunset Costa Brava

One of just the many gorgeous sunsets we watched to finish off our incredible days during our biking adventures.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols lookout

I personally couldn’t think of a better view in Costa Brava.

Disclaimer: Cole was a guest of the Costa Brava tourism board for 3 days. And although I can’t claim that I made the Spanish food and countryside look even more beautiful, my opinions and my photos are always my own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Laurence

    October 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Some spectacular photos here! Love what you did with the shot of the church at the end – really funky stuff 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Cheers mate. Someone showed me a trick or two recently 😉

      • Laurence

        October 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Well, when you’re world famous and touring the world with your camera.. just remember us 😉

        • Cole Burmester

          October 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

          I will probably need someone to carry my tripod for me. Will ask Vera next time haha.

  2. Andrea

    October 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Stunning photos Cole! Glad we got to hang out in Costa Brava for a couple of days. See you (and Adela?) at WTM. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Haha she does exist and will be at WTM! Always fun catching up with you and looking forward to it again.

  3. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    October 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    WHOA! Those Lightroom tips from Laurence are clearly paying off! The first and last shots are especially cool. Keep up the good work…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Thanks Bret. Can’t take all the credit, considering how beautiful Costa Brava is 😉

  4. BackPackerSteve

    October 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Awesome pictures, Cole – especially the HDR!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Cheers Steve. Now if only I could find the time to put together all our video footage from that bike trip…

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  6. Vegemitevix

    October 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Awesome photos Cole, shame I missed TBEX but hopefully will catch up with you and Adela at WTM! Vix x

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Yup we will be at WTM so see you there! Looking forward to it.

  7. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    October 4, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Lovely!

  8. Christina

    October 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Ah wow, that picture of the waterfall – it looks so un-Spanish, at least in my vision of Spain. Makes me think I really haven’t seen much of Spain yet! Love that scene. Great to hear you had such a fab time!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      On our bike tour there are all these little secret spots hidden away that they guide you to. Well worth the uphill effort 😉

  9. Just One Boomer (Suzanne)

    October 5, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    You earned your “show and tell” by the Costa Brava Tourism Board. One photo is indeed worth a thousand words (well, some photos, like these, anyway). I now have a good excuse for returning to Spain since we never made it to the Costa Brava.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Thanks Suzanne! Costa Brava is definitely one of the best spots in Spain, although to be fair we haven’t been right down South yet. Get in touch with the Tourism Board if you ever get to go. They will tell you all the best places to visit.

      (P.S. Glad to have you back again) 🙂

  10. Samantha Bangayan

    October 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous photos! My favorite is the one of the secluded waterfall, which looks like an HDR image. Somehow, those very places that not all tourists see are the most special.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      It was edited a little to look HDR but really was more beautiful in person 🙂 These “secret” spots you can really only access if they tell you where they are personally. That’s why I loved it so much.

  11. Shamis @ Gawaya Travel Blog

    October 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Beautiful photos, Cole! Love the waterfall. I wouldn’t miss to take a dip there. It just so amazing.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      I only had my underwear unfortunately and didn’t want to strip off in front of the group of strangers haha. No need to terrorise them 😉

  12. sasha the traveller

    October 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    You certainly have the photographer’s eye…absolutely stunning pictures. I hope you have printed some out and framed them on your wall as they need to be shown!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      We will once we settle down and have somewhere to hang them 😉

  13. Jeremy Branham

    October 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    What a beautiful area! I’ve been to Barcelona but not the Costa Brava area. Jealous that you got to go to TBEX. Hope you had a great time but I know you enjoyed the views!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Was a great event and would like to get to the North American TBEX sometime in the future. Bit far for us though.

  14. laini

    October 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Wow, beautiful shots! Your colors are exquisite!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Thanks Laini 🙂 Not hard to take good photos with a landscape like that!

  15. Jenna

    October 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I am really looking forward to taking a long trip to Spain one of these days, and these photos inspire me to visit Costa Brava. Looks like such a great mix of history, natural beauty, and culture.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      We have spent 4 weeks there now and cannot get enough. Need to head further south on our next visit I think! See ya there 😉

  16. Jeff Titelius

    October 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Such a vibrant tour through Costa Brava my friend. Gorgeous pics! I would have loved to visit the Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery pictured above. And relieved to hear that you never hit a spicy Pimientos de Padrón! Great post!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      I kind of wanted to eat a spicy one to see what all the fuss is about… But glad I didn’t haha. You definitely would have loved the architecture around some of the Spanish villages we visited.

  17. Sharon Glanville at BeBetsy

    October 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I love reading travel blogs-fun places to visit. Photos are wonderful!

  18. Marlys

    October 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Great shots! Are those deep fried chilis? Were they hot! Yum!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Definitely fried in something and quite salty. Luckily they are sweet, apart from 1 in 10 apparently.

  19. Debbie

    October 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Stunning, stunning photos. It looks gorgeous! The waterfall looks so inviting!

  20. Andy

    October 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Really awesome pictures. They make me miss Spain a lot! Although I am a sucker for beaches, I’d have to go with picture 1 or 4 for creativity and perspective.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      I prefer the last photo but just because the ocean looks inviting and the clouds just pop!

  21. Jeff Dobbins

    October 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Wow. Absolutely stunning. I just got home from the region Tuesday, and you make me want to turn around and head back. Sorry I didn’t meet you at TBEX, but hopefully soon.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Unfortunately I probably only met about 25% of the people I was trying to meet up with! Would definitely be keen to catch up though Jeff if you make it to Scotland or somewhere else on our travels.

  22. Audrey

    October 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    The cornfields look like a blast! I’d love to cycle through there. 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Very relaxing cycle and such a beautiful spot to do it.

  23. Tim @ Marginal Boundaries

    October 8, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Beautiful stuff 🙂

    Spain is high on my list of places to head to after I finish up in South America, and these photos only reinforce the desire. Good times, good times 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Maybe we can swap places then Tim! We want to get to South America sometime soon 🙂

  24. Caanan @ No Vacation Required

    October 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    We completely fell in love with the Spanish coast earlier in the year. Discovering the area on a bicycle sounds especially nice.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      It is great because you can escape all the crowds you usually get in these beautiful coastal spots.

  25. D.J. - The World of Deej

    October 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Great pics…I definitely missed out at TBEX it seems!:)

    • Cole Burmester

      October 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Try and get to the one in Toronto. Even if you buy a ticket now and have to sell it because you can’t go. Totally worth it.

  26. Pete

    October 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Some really nice shots Cole, I especially like the road through the corn fields. It is composed really well.

    I’m really bummed we didn’t make it over for TBEX, but we’ll get to this region eventually.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Would have been great to finally meet you guys Pete. Oh well, next time for sure!

  27. Angela

    October 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Beautiful pictures, it’s a stunning region!

  28. Mariana Calleja / TravelThirst

    October 8, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Great pics guys! Definitely this place is a little treasure in the whole region. I’ve been able to explore it slowly since living in Barcelona. Totally worth it! Glad you enjoyed. Cheers!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Cheers Mariana 🙂 You are super lucky to be living in Spain!

  29. Amanda

    October 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    It looks so gorgeous! I especially love that last photo.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Not hard to take good photos of beautiful spots 😛

  30. Cathy Sweeney

    October 9, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Girona is so photogenic, isn’t it? Of course, so is most of Costa Brava. I loved it there. I wish I could have taken a cycling tour like you did. Looks like a great area to do that.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Peaceful, relaxing and easy cycling. Couldn’t ask for much more than that 🙂

  31. Mike@frenchtravelguide.co.uk

    October 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I like your pictures of the tourist sports of Costa Brava. It is really inviting me or making me go there very soon! I appreciate the waterfalls! By the way, I must commend you for taking great captures!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Thanks Mike. Costa Brava is one very beautiful place to visit.

  32. crazy sexy fun traveler

    October 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Aww, I want to go to that waterfall!

  33. Mellisa Turner

    October 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Absolutely stunning pictures there! Going through these
    images leaves a lingering image of Costa Brava. It is just so fabulous. It is
    amusing that not one of those green peppers turned hot and spicy 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      I finally got a hot pepper! But it wasn’t in Costa Brava, was down in Vigo 🙂

  34. PurpleTravelKate

    October 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Love it, your pics really show a lot of the gorgeous sides of the Costa Brava. It’s like a whole bunch of reasons to go all in photos. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      Thanks Kate! It is easy to take photos of beautiful places though so I can’t take much credit 😉

  35. PurpleTravelKate

    October 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Yeah, but a good eye always helps! 🙂

  36. Alex

    April 18, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Hello, I spent my summers in the costa brava and these are some of the best pictures I have seen so far of it. I just wonder where the waterfall is? I wanna know since I have already been in the other places.

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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

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Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Middle Earth Travel, Cappadocia

Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.
  • www.middleearthtravel.com

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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Tips for Making Any Overseas Trip a Romantic One

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Vacations are a great way to leave our everyday lives behind to spend some stress free time with the one we love. Travel in itself can be quite romantic but there are definitely ways you can spice up your holidays even more.

Follow these helpful tips to make sure your romantic holiday gets off on the right foot and continues to head down the tunnel of love and passion. You can easily turn any part of your travels into a special romantic affair.

Choosing the Right Destination

A romantic trip starts with selecting the right destination. There are definitely cities and regions which are much more prone to sparking romance than others. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but generally destinations such as popular European cities, beach getaways, Asian resorts, luxury ski resorts, or tropical islands make for a good choice.

Couples should pick a destination which they both will enjoy as this will of course make it far easier to express their love for each other.

Choosing the Right Time

It is a good idea to select a time that will be most appropriate for your holiday. Choose a time that is easy for you in regards to taking time off work or from household duties. This will make it far easier to feel relaxed while on your holiday, allowing you to focus more on fuelling the romance.

You may also want to research when the best time is to visit your chosen destination so as to avoid peak crowds or unideal weather conditions.

Choosing a romantic date to travel such as an anniversary, honeymoon, or birthday can also turn any holiday into one filled with more passion. Travelling during Valentine’s Day can make for an especially romantic holiday of which there are many perfect Valentine’s Day destinations.

Fly Business Class

Although your destination may be exhilarating, the flight or flights to get there can be stressful. Minimise the stress of flying by booking business class where you’ll enjoy the VIP treatment with far more comfortable seats which many times convert into a bed allowing for a decent rest while in the air.

As a bonus you can many times be granted access to luxurious airport lounges when flying business class which makes waiting for your flight much easier as you are treated to free food and drinks along with clean bathrooms and seating areas.

Private Transportation

Public transportation can not only take longer to get to your hotel or attractions in your chosen destination, but they can also kill the mood for you and your loved one. By booking private transfers via your hotel or on your own, you can avoid buses, trams, and trains which can be crowded and noisy.

Choose a Nice Hotel

It may be difficult to find romance if you are staying in a dodgy motel or hostel. Be sure to book quality accommodation which has private en suites and clean furnishings. Remember that your vacation is supposed to be an escape, so make that escape the best it can be with premium toiletries, fancy marble bathroom floors, plush pillows, quality linen, and a nice hotel room view. All of these luxuries will make for a far more romantic getaway.

Eating Out

Nothing can ignite romance more than delicious food although preparing it isn’t always that much fun. One of the best aspects of travelling is that it gives us an excuse to not have to cook.

Seek out popular restaurants that offer a romantic setting, quality service, and mouth watering flavours that will leave you passionate for more than just satisfying your hungry stomach.

Get Dressed Up

Although you and your loved one may look good in any light and attire, it is never a bad idea to put on your Sunday’s best. It can sometimes be difficult in our everyday lives to find occasions to get all dressed and made up, so why not make your holiday abroad an excuse to do so.

Although clothes may not necessarily make the person, a nice dress or suit and tie can go a long way to giving us a little extra special glow to spark a bit of romance.

Log Off and Put the Phone Away

Nothing can kill a romantic dinner or event than the sound of message notifications, phone calls, or emails. Any holiday should be an excuse to remove the stress of the online world or work and with romantic holidays this becomes even more paramount.

You want to be focusing your attention on the love you and your partner share or if travelling solo you want this time to focus on the beauty of the destination you have selected which may in turn bring you a bit of romance. Disconnecting is all about reconnecting; so log off and put the phone away!

Reduce the Risk of Stressful Situations

Stress can kill romance very quickly. When we are stressed we can easily find ourselves getting into silly arguments or bouts of criticism. Your holiday is supposed to be an enjoyable experience so don’t let it turn sour by making the possibility of stress to creep on in.

Don’t try to overload your itinerary with too much and avoid setting too rigid of a timeline. Prior planning is important to avoid any unwanted surprises or disappointments when it comes to securing reservations for flights, hotels, or activities.

Should anything go wrong during your travels, you want to have the peace of mind you are protected by travel insurance from InsureandGo. Travel Insurance can help when the unforseen happens while you are overseas.

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