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6 Romantic and Affordable Couples Travel Experiences

6 Romantic Couples Travel Experiences

Every year my husband and I go on a vacation, or a what we call a “Mochi Moon,” a term we started after falling in love with the mochi in Japan. Some of these vacations, both domestic and abroad, are more romantic and others. Here are my top 6 romantic – but affordable! – couples travel experiences.
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6 Romantic and Affordable Couples Travel Experiences

Ziplining Canopy Tour Costa Rica

Costa Rica was the first international travel experience that I shared with my husband (our first Mochi Moon). One of the highlights of the trip was doing a zipline over the canopy of the cloud forest in Monteverde. While you do most of the ziplines by yourself, you do have the opportunity to do the last one (that soars over the canopy) as a couple if you’re traveling with another person.
Cost: Usually about $45-50 depending on the company

Love Lock Bridge in Paris

Love Lock Bridge, Paris: Pont de l'Archevêché (2)
If you’re into sentimental (yet slightly cheesy) romance, this is a must. Buy a lock, write messages of your undying love, and throw away the key. Just don’t think about the fact that it will probably be cut off the bridge within a short period of time.
Love Lock Bridge, Paris: Pont de l'Archevêché (6)
Cost: less than $5 (for the lock)

Holidays in New York

Don’t mind playing the role of obnoxious tourist? The make your way over to New York at some point during the holidays. I loved ice skating around Rockefeller Center and seeing the giant Christmas tree. It’s another cheesy sort of romantic experience and I loved it.
Cost: $32 for adults during peak season (the holidays) plus $12 for skates if you need to rent them

Experience Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Head out into the middle of the crosswalk and take a second to pause. Everyone there is moving as quickly as possible but allow yourself to take a moment to yourselves in the middle of the chaos. I think that there is something really cool and incredibly romantic about being able to feel like it’s just the two of you in the middle of the busiest crosswalk in the world.
Cost: Free!

Wine Tasting in Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek Cellars Wine and Cheese Pairing
Wine tasting is the perfect activity to do with friends and family, but it’s also my favorite activity to do when my husband and I travel or when we are celebrating. One of my favorite wine tasting experiences, and my favorite as a couple, was doing a wine, cheese, and chocolate pairing in Franschhoek, South Africa (we went to the Franschhoek Cellars).
Franschhoek Cellars
Want to do a romantic wine tasting but aren’t in Franschhoek, Napa, or Sonoma? There are a ton of different wine countries popping up around the United States and world. Here is a list of 9 underrated wine regions in the United States and 12 underrated wine regions in the world. Hands down the best couples travel experience!
Cost: Depending on the place, the wine tasting would be free or cost as much as $10-15. Add a cheese and chocolate tasting and you'll increase the price a bit more.

Watching the Sunrise and/or Sunset Over the Grand Canyon

This is a must for the nature-loving couples. Going to the Grand Canyon was on our couple bucket list for about 3 years before we got the chance to go. It was well worth the wait. Depending on where you are staying, you can catch the most amazing sunrise or sunset over the Grand Canyon.
Cost: Free!

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  • I went to the love lock bridge with my best friend — she definitely is one of the loves of my life!

    Abigail Alice x

  • These are such fun ideas omg. I love the idea of the bridge lock, as well as the zip lining! Another thing too would be maybe a brewery tour in addition to a wine tasting! Thanks for this :)

  • I never knew you could do a couples zip-lining tour, what a great idea. I’m quite against the love locks in Paris as their weight is destroying that beautiful old bridge – best to buy a plastic lock if people really must do it

  • Some of these places are on my bucket list. We have been zip lining but would love to try it together!

  • We really want to see the Grand Canyon, i can’t imaging how amazing it could be. Anywhere you go with your loved one can be romantic, even if you are just playing tourists in a foreign country :)

  • So many great suggestions but wine tasting in South Africa sounds the best!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes