While it’s the shortest month of the year, February still holds a lot of love for cultures all over the globe. The key to our heart? Traveling the world, of course.
Many believe that the best chocolate comes from Belgium or Switzerland, but we say go straight to the source—even the finest European chocolatiers get their cacao from South America. For the most ethically and sustainably produced chocolate, look for “bean-to-bar” manufacturers.
Whether you’re looking for a classic English rose or seeking out some of the most cutting-edge flower arrangements in the world, the Chelsea Flower Show is the place to be. If taking in tons of tulips is your aim, step into the Netherland’s rainbow-hued Keukenhof Gardens—or just pop by one of Amsterdam’s many outdoor flower vendors.
In our eyes, a scenic picnic spot always beats a pricey dinner when it comes to romance—especially when you’re sipping some Italian wine at Rome’s Villa Borghese gardens or sharing a chocolate croissant at the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. For a more playful atmosphere and sweeping city views, take your bocadillos to Barcelona’s Park Güell.
Travelers flock to the temples of Bagan, Myanmar for unparalleled sunset views, with the best vantage points filling up fast. For more breathing room, head to the Masai Mara in Kenya and watch the sun go down over the plains. But the ultimate in sunset romance may mean ending your day at the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra, India—constructed as a testament to undying love, the white marble mausoleum positively glows.
France and Italy will always be classic destinations for wine-lovers, but South American regions are gaining ground with oenophiles in the know. Head to Chile for a distinct take on Cabernet Sauvignon or to Brazil for sought-after sparkling varieties.
When it comes to perfume, there is no destination above France. While Paris is home to some of the most renowned perfumeries, it’s the scent of the flower fields of Provence that truly sweeps travelers off their feet.
Where in the world would you most like to spend this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments!