Christine Elliott

Travel Roundup: 5 Springtime Travel Ideas for Couples

Spring is here, which means the weather is getting warmer and it’s the perfect time to travel. Most globetrotters save their precious vacation days for summer but don’t make the mistake of overlooking a spring escape. Not only can you avoid large crowds but the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, making your trip that much more enjoyable. After being cooped up all winter, a springtime getaway is perfect for couples looking to rekindle their romance. There’s nothing like an exotic adventure to strengthen a new relationship or spark the fire in an existing one. Can’t think of a worthy destination to explore? Here are 5 springtime locations that couples will fall in love with.

The Netherlands

Spring is peak tulip season in The Netherlands, which makes for an extremely romantic backdrop. These breathtaking blooms are reason enough to plan a visit to Holland. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Keukenhof– the most famous and largest flower park in the world. With more than 7 million flower bulbs planted every year, this picturesque garden will make your Facebook followers swoon. While the tulips are certainly legendary, there’s plenty of other reasons to plan a visit to this romantic region. Charming canal cruises, world-renowned museums, and cozy cafes will provide the perfect itinerary for couples looking to strengthen their bond.

The U.S. Virgin Islands

Most travelers think to visit the Islands in the winter but spring is an excellent time to experience everything The Caribbean has to offer. The affordable islands of St. Thomas, St, Croix, and St. John promise white sand beaches and a rich cultural experience. Looking to spend some quality time with your loved one? Try an exhilarating activity such as snorkeling or diving to reconnect with your partner. As if the pristine beaches weren’t convincing enough, you won’t need to worry about the dreaded task of renewing your passport.

Austin, Texas

The vibrant city of Austin is electric year-round but springtime offers an even richer experience with South by Southwest – conference & festivals celebrating interactive, film, and music industries. This once in a lifetime experience will bring you and your loved one closer as you discover new bands and try bold street food together. Don’t be too bummed about missing it this year. There’s plenty of time to start planning for next year’s SXSW taking place March 8-17, 2019. If this isn’t quite your scene, plan for a different weekend and experience Austin’s legendary barbecue food and buzzing nightlife. There’s no better way to spice things up than by dancing the night away.

Washington, D.C.

It’s no surprise that D.C. makes the list with its world-famous cherry blossoms. Travelers flock from all over to catch a glimpse of these enchanting trees in the springtime. There’s still time to attend this year’s festival (ends April 15) if you’re looking to plan a spontaneous escape with your loved one. The weather is very pleasant with average temperatures of 67 degrees. These conditions are perfect for a morning jog on The Mall. Race to the finish line and make the loser pick up the bill at Old Ebbit Grill – a historic restaurant in D.C. known for its epic oysters. Everyone will be a winner after experiencing this fine cuisine. D.C.’s wealth of monuments and memorials will prove to be both educational and romantic.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a magical destination 365 days a year but there is something extra special about visiting during the Jazz & Heritage Festival. This year’s festivities take place from April 27 – May 6, 2018 so it’s not too late to book your trip. Jazz Fest celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans. With a wide variety of musical styles ranging from gospel to blues to folk, there’s something for everyone. Cuddle up with your loved one and enjoy some of the best talents out there. Spend the day tasting local cuisine and getting lost in the historic neighborhoods of NOLA. Share a beignet at Cafe Du Monde for a romantic photo opp. Just watch out for the excess powdered sugar!

Spring has officially sprung and people are rejoicing everywhere. With weather conditions near perfect and prices considerably more reasonable, there’s no better time to book a couples getaway. The harsh winter season can leave us feeling a bit down. What better way to get out of a funk than with a romantic escape to a lovely springtime destination? Breathe in the fresh air, view the beautiful blooms, and spend quality time with your better half. Visit any of these locations and you’re sure to return with a spring in your step.

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