For couples who both have careers that keep you constantly busy, it can be hard to find the time or the energy to focus on each other too. But taking a little getaway together over a weekend doesn’t just do your relationship a world of good, it gives you a chance to breathe, take a step back, and actually enjoy the fruits of your labors a little – and isn’t that what life is all about? Here are some of our favorite destinations from around the world for just such a romantic getaway to inspire you!
Europe – Amsterdam
Just a 45-minute flight from the UK, it’s never been easier to find the perfect place that feels a world away from life back home, but really isn’t! The laidback atmosphere will have you feeling more relaxed almost immediately, and even if that fails, one of the many available boat trips along the city’s canals certainly will. Simply wander around the cobbled streets at your leisure or hire a bicycle or hop on the tram to experience the city the way so many locals do.
South Africa – Constantia, Cape Town
For those working in South Africa’s Mother City, there’s a special little gem hiding just 20 minutes’ drive from the city center. The leafy suburb of Constantia is located right in the region’s famous wine country, with several notable estates literally on your doorstep. For nature lovers, taking on the Alphen Trail for a proper hike, horse ride, or just a romantic stroll is the perfect way to unwind from the stress of the city. Cecilia Forest with its ancient trees and spectacular scenery is another popular attraction, and there’s plenty of fine dining on offer too. Accommodation Constantia is just as easy to find, with plenty of charming guest houses, villas and romantic options to choose from.
USA – St. Augustine, Florida
Absolutely packed with history and romantic ambience, St Augustine has to be the perfect quick retreat for busy couples from the Sunshine State who love culture. Make sure to check out the lighthouse and Colonial Quarter, spend some time poking about in the many antique stores, and gorging on some delicious local seafood! Of course, relaxing on the beach is a given, and if you’re feeling a little adventurous, take part in one of the city’s nighttime ghost tours!
UK – London city break
You don’t always have to escape the city to escape city life – and London proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. For people who work here, there are endless attractions that you might never have given yourself the chance to really explore and setting aside a weekend for a ‘staycation’ can do you both wonders. Apart from the famous attractions like The London Eye, St Paul’s, Big Ben and Shakespeare’s Globe, there are hidden gems everywhere. Covent Garden with its street performers and Regency colonnades has to be one of the most romantic spots to explore or do something different and get tickets to the English National Opera for the evening.
South America – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Often referred to as the Paris of South America, Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires is easily accessible, and lends itself perfectly to romance. Watching some of the world’s best tango dancers by night is an absolute must, while the city’s many museums, art galleries and thriving cultural center will give you plenty to explore together during the day. Great wine, great food, great dancing – was there ever a more potent recipe for romance?
Australia – Adelaide Hills, Adelaide
Just a short 20-minute drive from the city center, there’s a relaxing and romantic retreat waiting to be found. With wildlife encounters and natural beauty in the form of Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and Cleland National Park, restaurants serving some of South Australia’s best local wines and produce, and all of it surrounded by stunning scenery. And if you’re the kind of couple that likes to learn together, then make sure to book an exciting Asian, Moroccan, or Spanish cooking class at the gorgeously named Sticky Rice Cooking School!
Wherever your work life happens to take you, the chances are there are opportunities for a quick romantic getaway right under your nose – so why not take a look around and set aside some time to actually enjoy them? Just a short drive or a quick flight away, there’s bound to be the perfect romantic weekend break for even the busiest of couples.