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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Romantic travel moments: guest post

In celebration of Valentine's Day I decided it was about time I shared the work of some of the fabulous travel bloggers out there. It is the the month of love after all so why not spread the love a little?  I asked these wonderful bloggers to collaborate on this guest post where they have shared some of their most romantic travel moments.

From eucalyptus forests in Australia to a candle-lit cruise in Budapest, reading these stories is guaranteed to get you feeling giddy with wanderlust and fuzzy with romance all at the same time. Without further ado, here are the most romantic travel moments, as told by fellow bloggers...


Romantic Travel Moment: Jamie from Jamie Chance Travels


I’m Jamie from jamiechancetravels.com; a little slice of the internet where I can just write about my
travels and get my photography out there. I’ve recently returned to England after a ten month career break in Australia and South East Asia with my now-fiancee. I think it’s fair to say that, generally, I’m not that romantic. However, in March 2018, I thought I’d pull out all the stops and ask Emma to marry me after eight years together.

To give some background, I had been planning this for a while and found the perfect ring whilst in Melbourne. For the next four months, I hid the ring in my camera bag whilst living out of a tiny campervan. After finishing up some farm work picking plums, we made our way back to Sydney through the Blue Mountains; think golden sandstone cliffs and a mysterious blue haze rising from the eucalyptus forests. This is one of the most picturesque places we saw in Australia.


On the day in question, we drove for our around four hours before we pulled in to Katoomba. I sprung a plan on Emma as soon as we arrived; let’s try to find this amazing photo spot for sunset. Well it turns out it was pretty hard to find a pre-determined location without GPS! Eventually, I found the right place and I began fumbling. Emma was so unsure what was going on and why I was dropping everything I touched in the campervan.

We climbed over the roadside crash barrier and walked to the cliff edge where I’d arranged for a sunset picnic complete with rugs, candles, wine and some delectable food. Not only that, a little chalkboard sign written with the words “Will you marry me?” helped Emma realise exactly what was going on...

I’m so happy to say that Emma said “yes” and we sat surrounded by the Australian bush, on a cliff edge, laughing, drinking, eating and watching the sun set over the Blue Mountains. I’m not quite sure I’ll ever top this.


Romantic Travel Moment: Christine from The Uncorked Librarian

Nestled between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, the cozy town of Paraty greets the adventurous traveler. My now husband, Tom, with his Indiana Jones fantasies, wanted nothing more than to see Iguazu Falls. I couldn’t resist this charming cobblestoned town with rainbow shutters on the way to those massive falls.

Horseback riding in Central and South America is a must. Ensconced in jungles, riders hunt for monkeys and less frequented waterfalls. As one of our traditions, Tom and I booked a private horseback riding tour through Paraty, filled with rolling hills and the flattest but most secluded waterfall I’ve ever seen.

Our morning started off shaky with a hairdryer fire and converter gone terribly wrong. Hence the explanation for Tom’s clearly fried nerves that day. Right!? Right?! As we approached the waterfall now by foot, Tom jokingly said it made him have to, you know, pee. Worried about offending our guides, he walked over to ask them where to go. Mind you, our Spanish is less than adequate and our guides spoke no English. Awkwardly, Tom suddenly returned, sliding and tripping down the waterfall rocks to…update me on his bladder status?!

Nervously dropping to one knee, Tom quickly whispered, “I love you. Will you marry me.” Out came a sparkling ring. As I realized my romantic fate, I saw the guides fumbling with his camera. Hence the shaky picture and a surprise proposal captured. That night, we said cheers over Portuguese music in a small tavern and walked along the Paraty canals, hand in hand.

Christine is a travel and book blogger for The Uncorked Librarian (TUL). The Uncorked Librarian is where travel, books, and booze come together. You can follow along with her literary and boozy travels and wanderlust-inspiring books on Instagram.


Romantic Travel Moment: Elizabeth from Anchored Adventure Blog

Unlike so many sentimental moments, ours began with the piercing blare of a 6 a.m. alarm. My boyfriend and I scurried out of our airbnb apartment near Prague's city center, popped into a local bakery for takeaway coffees and posted up on the famously historic Charles Bridge. There was no makeup, no champagne, no fancy dinner — just the two of us leaning against each other on the 500-year-old-bridge, gazing at the natural beauty in the world.

As we listened to chirping birds and church bells from the Old Town Square, we caught the first glimpse of the sunrise. The sun sparkled over the teal-colored domes and terracotta rooftops. Its rays danced off the spires of the enchanting hillside Prague Castle, which reflected off the Vltava River, where other early risers paddle-boarded downstream. It lit up the stones and statues along the Gothic bridge.

After two months of trekking across Europe with a friend and experiencing ample could-be romantic opportunities, like a picnic by the Eiffel Tower or the thermal waters in Bath, you can imagine my excitement when my now-husband, Jeff, booked that trip across the Atlantic. Nicknamed the "City of a Hundred Spires," Prague provided that perfect sentimental moment for us. The intimacy of the moment was authentic. It's one I cherish, and it's one I hope you, too, will experience in the Czech Republic capital that just oozes charm and romance. As you leave the bridge, find the St. John of Nepomuk statue, and give it a rub. Legend has it you'll return to Prague if you do, and who wouldn't want that?!

Ready to plan your adventure to Prague or Europe? I'm Elizabeth, the gal behind Anchored Adventure Blog, a travel blog that began after my backpacking trip through Western and Central Europe. My travel resources include short city guides, itineraries, budgeting strategies and general travel planning advice.


Romantic Travel Moment: Ran from Ran Travels

Hi! I’m a novice travel blogger over at Ran Travels who loves booking flights in advance but always ends up booking accommodations at the last minute. I started my blog in 2013 but never really had the time to consistently update it, at least back then. I still haven’t fixed it up to be totally honest, but that’s about to change soon!

I often travel together with my partner K and it’s been quite amazing so far. We both enjoy exploring new places and discovering new experiences. The picture below is one of the most romantic photos I have of us, not because of the content, but because of the reason why it exists. This was a side destination during one of our spontaneous trips, an 8-hour-drive up north to Ilocos Norte Region, Philippines. It’s a rock cliff facing the ocean called ‘Little Batanes’ due to its uncanny similarity to another tourist destination in the Philippines.

Upon arrival, my breath was immediately taken away by the phenomenal views. I wanted to capture a memory of us with the cliff and the ocean merging together under the setting sun, but I was scared of heights and so was he. And yet, this photo exists because he took the risk to do what I couldn’t do. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is!

I used to be a solo traveler, and whenever I travelled alone, I always sought out places and experiences that I’ve never encountered before. But when I travel with him, I realize that it’s not just the places that I’m interested in exploring—it’s also him. I am constantly discovering and rediscovering him with each and every time we travel together. And for me, nothing can make travelling more beautiful, more meaningful, and more romantic than that.


Romantic Travel Moment: Beth from Polished Couture

Hi everyone! I’m Beth from Polished Couture. Since me and my boyfriend got together in 2018, my blog has consisted of a lot more travel and lifestyle. A place where we enjoy sharing the places we visit and things you can do as a couple. One of our favourite and most romantic moments so far together would certainly have to be while we were in Budapest.

To be honest, there’s a few ‘pinch me’ moments where we were like ‘this city is just so beautiful’. But my favourite was when we were on a candle lit cruise. It had just got dark and all the lights of the city turned on. The Houses of Parliament and the bridges at night are just breath taking. My boyfriend took this opportunity to chuck a coin into the river with ‘this coin symbolises our love. And a promise that we will always be happy together’. It was honestly like something out of a film.

We both promised each other that Budapest (with it being our first holiday together), is somewhere we’d have to visit again, in years to come. And probably do the coin tradition again. The city has so much to do for couples with sky bars, spa experiences and exploring the cities treasures. It’s definitely a place I’d recommend for couples who want a romantic getaway and love sight-seeing, drinking and relaxing.


Romantic Travel Moment: Laura from It's Not Me, It's You!

It’s Not Me, It’s You! is a relationship blog so I’m always on the lookout for romantic things to do and holidays are no exception. One of my favourite trips with my boyfriend last year was to Rhodes in Greece, we hadn’t really spent a lot of time together which was why it was so lovely to go away.

Wandering the historic streets of the old town, eating loads of food and just genuinely enjoying each other’s company was what made it so special. We didn’t have to go to work (although Clint did spend some time working), so we just laughed, and shopped and sometimes drank a little too much.

I think sometimes there is such pressure on romance, like if you’re not having dinner at the top of the Eiffel Towel with a dozen roses and a stringed quartet then it’s not special. For me, a romantic trip away is just about spending quality time with the person you love. It doesn’t matter if you’re laying on a beach doing nothing or dancing the night away from bar to bar, it’s about enjoying each other’s company. And, that’s what true love is all about.


Wow, I definitely feel inspired to book a romantic holiday now.  I hope you've enjoyed these romantic stories and found some new bloggers to follow!

For more couple-themed reading, check out these top 10 tips for travelling as a couple. If you enjoyed this, please share your most romantic travel moment in the comments below as I would love to read them. Melis x

6 comments :

  1. Omg, such a cute post!!!! I wish I could have participated but hey, I'm a single pringle hahah! All of these pictures are amazing as well, truly romantic xx

    Anaïs | http://anais-n.com

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    1. Ah thanks so much, I am really glad you enjoyed it. If you are interested on guest posting I am thinking of a theme for another collab post to do soon as I really enjoyed doing this!

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  2. Aw this is such a lovely post! Perfect read for Valentines Day.

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    1. Thanks Piper, I am glad you enjoyed it! Melis

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  3. Awww this is so cute. I love, love and to be able to share travel experiences with your significant partner is such a special thing! Perfect post for Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed reading the work of these fabulous guest posters!

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