Chapter 19 : Five Romantic Vacation
What makes a vacation romantic? Let's start with examples
before definitions. Here are a few romantic vacation ideas.
An ocean cruise is certainly a classic romantic vacation.
Why not escape it all - even the sight of land. Isolated together
out at sea, in the comfort of a cruise ship - that can be very
romantic. There are a couple things to consider, though, if you
want to keep the romance going.
First, thoroughly investigate and talk about your options.
Perhaps you both were assuming the other wanted a traditional
warm-water cruise, when in reality you both would love to watch
whales and glaciers on an Alaskan cruise. It's not just about
the many possible destinations, either. There are different styles
of cruises, from pure sightseeing ones to more active ones to
"party boats." Be sure the cruise has activities that
you'll enjoy participating in together.
You also need to be sure you budget enough so money worries
don't steal the romance from the vacation. Think about what you'll
be doing, both on and off the ship. It isn't romantic to run
out of money on a vacation, and cruise ship bars are notoriously
Romantic vacations might include train rides, if you both
like to relax and take in the scenery. The Royal Gorge Train,
here in Canon City, Colorado, for example, takes you for a stunning
ride through the gorge and along the Arkansas river. The dining
cars serve great meals and the windows on some cars co overhead,
so you can easily take in the view above.
Romantic Vacations on a Budget
The sun, sand, and the sound of the waves can relax you and
take away the stress and worry of "everyday life,"
but beach vacations can get pricey. If money is tight, you can
do like we did in northern Florida. We camped in our conversion
van at a state campground on the beach.
Our days were spent collecting shells together, swimming,
and flying a kite. One evening we took our chairs down by the
water to watch the sunset. In the morning we saw dolphins swimming
The beaches of the Great Lakes are another great place for
a romantic vacation, and are even more affordable.
Another low-cost romantic vacation idea is to rent the little
cabins that can be found in many state parks. Wilderness State
Park in northern Michigan, for example, has cabins that are closer
to the beach, and those that require you to hike into the woods
a few miles. They are reasonable, and you can pack in good food
and a bottle of wine to add to the romance.
It can be very affordable and romantic to spend some time
together in a small town that is surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Some of our favorites include Lone Pine, California, Anaconda,
Montana, Silverton, Colorado, and Marquette, Michigan. Try wandering
the streets of walkable small towns, exploring the woods and
fields around them, eating in local cafes and going to classic
small-town theaters. For my wife and I, these are some of our
favorite romantic vacations.
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.
- James Baldwin
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