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Kensington Park Hotel – San Francisco

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A San Francisco hotel located in the heart of the city- Union Square. Designed with mahogany furnishings, white fine linens, and each room highlights amazing drapes. This “Personality Hotel” accentuates the following:

  • No amenity fees
  • Steps to Union Square
  • Spacious rooms
  • Complimentary WiFi

Union Square is the best choice for travelers who are interested in city tours, shopping, and dining in San Francisco. That being said, Kensington Park Hotel is the best home for you to explore the area the next day.

“…and wake the next day re-energized for another day of exploring in San Francisco.” – Kensington Park Hotel

Amenities

  • Valet Parking
  • Multilingual staff & Frontdesk-safe 24 hours
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily tea
  • Exclusive deals at local spa

Nearby

  • Union Square
  • Macy’s
  • Lombard Street
  • Chinatown
  • Maiden Lane
  • And many more…

After checking out from our hotel in Modesto, California (and after David spent his last day of teaching), we headed off right away to San Francisco to spend a night there. Why? David needed to visit the Philippine Consulate General to process getting his visa to stay legally in the Philippines.

We arrived in front of the hotel around 4pm, and a valet parking person asked us if we booked our room there. After saying yes to him, he asked for our car key to take care of our car and park it in their valet parking area. And he’s a Filipino, so it felt like home.

This hotel is very beautiful and classy. With its Gothic-style inspiration, Kensington Park Hotel will make you feel like you are in the era of sophistication.

After taking our luggages from the car, the front desk staff were waiting for us to check us in. The lobby area where you will see the hand-painted ceiling and dark-wood accents, was so elegant and very welcoming. Stunning pop-culture arts next to their wide furnitures were also one of the highlights in this hotel. They even have an assigned bellman who would not only assist you with your luggages, but he would also help you in spending your time checking out the busy place of Union Square, or the whole San Francisco area.

On our way to our room was feeling like royalty. It started from this elevator with a long sofa chair that wowed us after the door opened. Then the hallway with carpet, was just very nice in your eyes.

And our room for that night, was just very relaxing to look and to feel. From side tables to the frames on the wall, “perfect” as what David said. A marble table with glass on top of it and a desk light were useful for David to do his evening class. Our wide bathroom, which we could only see gold and white inside, it was simply stunning. And of course, our king bed that was so comfortable to sleep on, after that long day. We were really re-energized that night to do our purpose in Union Square the next day.

Definitely, a great place to stay if you’re planning to enjoy the city life in Union Square, San Francisco.

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(WATCH) Bye Bye Home- Vlog 01

G&D is on their new journey, as Gerome and David started their vagabond lifestyle that they both decided to do. And this vlog will show you how this happened.

Leaving their home in Modesto, California, checked in first hotel as “spasm-adic boys”, and David taking his first baby step in moving out of the US to be with Gerome in this one-of-a-kind trip.

Watch their first vlog and we hope you’ll love it.

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“13 Reasons Why” Season 2

This worldwide teen suicide controversy, 13 Reasons Why, will be back on Netflix- and it’s even more mysterious.

Yes, you read it right. Netflix announced that this teen series phenomenon will premiere this Friday, May 18th. As they announced it from this trailer featuring most of the characters.

13 Reasons Why: Season 2 | Date Announcement [HD] | Netflix - YouTube

The cast will come back, with Clay and the rest of the students at Liberty High. Leading them to darker events from what happened last season. And on the official trailer, more mysteries will be added in your mind.

13 Reasons Why: Season 2 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube

“I felt like this whole thing was gonna be over, but it’s not.” – Clay Jensen

Looks like, the whole season will lead us to series of Polaroids. Resulting to some secret revelations that no one will ever expect to know, including the viewers. Hannah’s mom looks like she will get into some sort of self-investigation on her daughter’s death. While some of the students, including Bryce, are going to be sent to court to explain what are needed to be told and heard.

And on their Instagram story, they revealed the episode titles with voices of the characters saying quotable lines that we will hear from this series.

Since this series covers real issues like sexual assault, bullying, suicide, drug abuse, and many more, the cast has a warning video for the audience. Stating to everyone if this show is for them or not as this is MA (mature audience) rated.

If you or you know someone who’s struggling with these real world cases, this show is not for you or you may watch it with a trusted adult. You can also talk to your friend, parents, call a local help line, or visit 13ReasonsWhy.info for assistance.

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Are you excited for “13 Reasons Why” second season?

Watch it on Netflix – May 18th, Friday!

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There’s More To See In San Francisco

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MAY, 2018

San Francisco is one of our go-to road trip destinations. Most of the time, we visit the Castro Area not only because this is the Gay District in the Bay Area where we belong, but also, it’s simply beautiful and it’s a well-diversed place to visit.

This weekend, David and I wanted to stay near the Marina District. Since we were going to spend time in the Bay Area, we figured out to bring some of memorabilia that we would give to some of his friends who live there for them to keep. Bringing David’s 1982 Gay Olympic Games- souvenir that he got from the said event held in San Francisco; and 2 art frames that David and his other friend bought from an artist.

With no hotel booked online, we just tried to find a place where we would be satisfied with the price and an assurance of internet-stability since he still needed to teach online on a Saturday night. But we ended up, booking a hotel online while driving around.

We found Travelodge Hotel in Lombard Street- Russian Hill. We got to check-in and I was so glad that we were managed by my Kababayan (fellow Filipino). They made me speak in my first language, Tagalog, and we got to know each other’s hometowns- I thought it was good. Holding our magnetic cards, we grabbed our bags while David was maneuvering with his crutches. We got in our room and took power nap.

“San Francisco is one of our go-to road trip destinations.”

After that, David needed to start his online teaching for two students in VIPKid. I decided to go out, do a little walk, find a coffee place, and do some photo walk. After an hour, all I accomplished was walking, which was a good exercise. I headed back to the room and decided to wait for David ‘till he finished teaching.

It was time for dinner. I grabbed an Uber which only took 3 minutes to pick us up, and headed to a nautical dining place, Blue Mermaid Restaurant. That night was chilly. While walking, you could see people walking towards us, looked like they’re done for the day. Some of them smelled like it’s time for them to get high and about, that smell which was breezing with the air. It made David and I looked at each other, saying that it wasn’t like that, the last time we went there (which was a daytime, and the place was really crowded, bunch of tourists around).

When we stepped into the restaurant, it was kinda’ crowded. People looking at us, as usual. We looked for the host who would give us a table (as how stated on the host’s table near the front door). It was a nice marine-life kind-of theme as expected, since it’s near the Fisherman’s Wharf, and from the restaurant’s name itself, Blue Mermaid.

David and I loved our meals that we ordered, from oysters to chowders. And our main courses that were so delightful- too bad that we didn’t finish them.

After dinner, we tried to look for a place to have dessert. We passed by this store full of treats and sweets, David wanted to eat some chocolates. And San Francisco Chocolate Store has it all. We bought some chocolates, got a double-scoop of ice cream for me. (I know it was cold that night, but it’s been awhile. Forgive me.)

Night was getting colder (maybe because of my ice cream, too), and David’s left foot was already hurting him. It’s time to get an Uber and to head back to our lodging room, calling it a day.

The next day, Sunday, we needed to see his friend who made a reservation in this endearing little cafe where European culture meets Italian cuisine- Fiore Caffe. We surely had a great brunch, we even looked like having a gay double-date, how cute was that? After handling over the art frames and gave hugs to each other, we parted ways and we decided to start driving back home.

David started driving and checked some streets that he’s familiar with for him to have a moment to compare the “before” and “now” of these places. He brought me to this “Crookedest Street in San Francisco”, which was along the street where we stayed for a night- Lombard Street. Luckily, we were able to drive by this street after seeing those tourists who were taking their selfies and videos in this landmark. And of course, we needed to document the experience, too.

I believe that there’s really more to see in this beautiful city. David grew up most of his life in the Bay Area, no wonder why this weekend trip made him a little emotional. He even said that this is part of our “Goodbye US Tour”. This city, which is mostly part of his life, is like a book for me that I need to read- to know more, not how to live in this city, but how David was able to make it to this point of being with me. It made me realize while I was sitting next to him in the car, holding his right hand, on our way home- places are going to change no matter what, but the person who’s able to live in that certain area for a long period of time, is the only one who can tell you a story of how beautiful that place is.

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I’m the creator behind GD Blog | Proud Filipino, born and raised in the Philippines | Happy and gay | Married to David | I moved to US to be with my man and we will start traveling, so technically, not staying in US | Life survivor | I’m just an average person like my readers | Someone that you can relate to

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Eureka O’Hara

Eureka O’Hara is the stage name of David Huggard, a drag performer from Tennessee, simply known as Eureka. She got her drag name from her biological mother’s name. Eureka is a genderfluid and she’s living her life as a transgender woman.

One of the 14 queens on Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Eureka is the second queen (after Willam Belli) to be eliminated without lip syncing. The only queen who needed to leave on medical grounds after her leg injury in the cheerleading challenge. She received an invitation by RuPaul to return on the next season.

(More of gagging facts about Eureka: RuPaul’s Drag Race Wikia)

Check out our Eureka O’Hara meet-and-greet experience by Sickening Eventz at the Climax Bar in Modesto.

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Standing 6’4 (and that’s without heels, y’all) Eureka represents for all the big girls as the PLUS SIZE DRAG SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD! Her passion has led her to compete on 9 national stages before the age of 26.  One of Eureka’s goals is to give bigger people around the world the confidence to go out and live their dreams.

Visit www.eurekatheelephantqueen.com for more info.

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I’m the creator behind GD Blog | Proud Filipino, born and raised in the Philippines | Happy and gay | Married to David | I moved to US to be with my man and we will start traveling, so technically, not staying in US | Life survivor | I’m just an average person like my readers | Someone that you can relate to

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7 Advantages of Being Sober

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Sobriety is a state of not being intoxicated, a state of moderation and being earnestly thoughtful. Getting away from the entanglements of liquor abuse and other substance are able to do totally changing your life. This is something that you should consider.

In the event that you are having tough circumstances drinking more than you should, remember the accompanying. There are various manners by which being calm is going to strengthen your life and make the nature of your life a great deal better. It is difficult to pressure your life which can get off chance that you quit after your next drink.

With all of these stated, here are some of the benefits of being calm and the explanations behind which they happen.

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WILL IMPROVE

Truly nobody is in their correct personalities, like imparting or being involved with a man that can’t be depended upon. When you are always affected by liquor, you are unequipped for keeping up an appropriate and sound association with someone else.

You will improve as a companion when you get calm. You will have no opportunity to give to drinking and you can coordinate this towards being an appropriate shoulder for your companions to rest upon when required. As you become acquainted with yourself all through the recuperation stage, you will begin discovering or recollecting the genuine articles that your companions appreciate and you’ll begin to value your opportunity with them more.

MEMORY RETENTION SPIRALS UP

There will be no more passing up a major opportunity for occasions which are basic for your children or companions. You will never again need to wake up feeling loaded with lament and feeling embarrassed about things that you may have done the earlier night.

When you are calm and you carry on with thusly of life ceaselessly, you will have the capacity to recall everything – no more power outages or cloudy recollections. From having the capacity to recall the name of that more odd you met yesterday to always remembering the vital occasions throughout your life.

“Sobriety is a state of not being intoxicated, a state of moderation and being earnestly thoughtful.”

YOU WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY TO KEEP UP A WEIGHT THAT YOU FIND FITTING

A considerable amount of people who are in recuperation period would discover it somewhat difficult to get back in contact with the weight-managing forms that really happen. When you quit expending liquor and its calories which are practically unfilled calories and without much if any wholesome esteem, you will begin getting more fit normally. It works the other path around too – on the off chance that you weighed short of what you ought to be as a result of liquor manhandle, this is something that is probably going to hover back. In light of this, take note of this will enable you to feel a great deal better physically. In the meantime, it is going to genuinely decrease the danger of building up a scope of various conditions which are firmly connected with your weight.

YOU WILL HAVE MORE MONEY TO SPEND

Liquor is costly, this is something that you would need to remember. Obviously, on the off chance that you’ve experienced liquor addiction, you’ve presumably discovered methods for getting liquor at a significantly more reasonable rate. Nonetheless, once you quit paying for all that, you will end up with significantly more trade out of your pocket. You can even begin contributing the cash you used to spend on liquor and begin to put something aside for things that mean brief comment. You will have the capacity to begin paying down your obligations and ensuring that everything is dealt with legitimately – this is something that you should take into genuine thought with regards to it.

YOU WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL TIME ON YOUR SIDE

You most likely neglected to understand the correct measure of time that you will spend contemplating devouring liquor or medications until the point that you disposed of this unsavory propensity. With this stated, it is imperative to comprehend that there are a lot of things that you’ve been kept from doing in light of the fact that you were inebriated for a great deal of the time. You can utilize your recently authorized time for a scope of various things. Immediately, you could without much of a stretch meet new individuals, begin your own particular business, and spotlight on the work you as of now have or taking a gander at a scope of different things, for example, new abilities, travel undertakings and that’s just the beginning. It opens up new skylines that you may never at any point have considered.

YOU PICK UP THE TRUST AND REGARD OF INDIVIDUALS

Being tanked a fraction of the time as we saw previously, implies that you are not dependable. Furthermore, as much as you’d think generally – it will have a conceivably genuine effect on your working connections, too. When you are calm all through the whole time, there is nothing for you to be stressed over. Individuals will see your actual self regardless of whether you are not immaculate and have instabilities. You are never again utilizing liquor to cover things. This is something of colossal significance with regards to it.

YOU WILL MAKE SIGNIFICANT ENHANCEMENTS TO YOUR WELL-BEING

With such an excess of being stated, it is additionally essential to comprehend that you will improve your general well-being inconceivable. This is something that will have an intense effect in your life and you will feel better.

When you are drinking unreasonably consistently or each other day, you are obliterating essential practical abilities of your body. You are not ready to think or move straight, your discourse and vision wind up debilitated and you feel completely horrendous a short time later. This is on the grounds that a considerable measure of the typical utilitarian abilities of your body have been vigorously upset.

This is the reason you will feel a colossal upgrade in the way you feel. This is something completely basic and you should most unquestionably consider. Stopping liquor or some other substance is going to be of enormous incentive to you and your general way of life.

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I’m the creator behind GD Blog | Proud Filipino, born and raised in the Philippines | Happy and gay | Married to David | I moved to US to be with my man and we will start traveling, so technically, not staying in US | Life survivor | I’m just an average person like my readers | Someone that you can relate to

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Why Should You Buy LG Twin Wash System?

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February, 2018

Two loads of clothes to wash. Then later, it’ll be four. Then six, then seven. Oh my, how are we going to move on with our lives then?!

Having same problems? LG’s got you. With this LG Twin Wash System, you get the best of both worlds. From your small loads of shirts and undies, there is the LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer. Use this at the same time with your bigger load on your LG Front Load Washer. Perfect couple, as perfect as G and D.

Here, let me give you 5 reasons why you need to get this impressive LG laundry solution:

  1. “LG Front Load Washer and LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer” Duo – Got some multiple loads to wash and need to do it one load at a time? Not anymore. LG Front Load Washer with it’s Sidekick Pedestal Washer will do that for you. Even if you have large load and small load, heavy and light loads, or even delicate and normal loads, LG Twin Wash System will take care of those for you.
  2. Small Space for washer? Let’s put two washers there – With this Sidekick Pedestal Washer which is just 1.0 cubic feet, you’re going to notice that nothing has been added with your LG Front Load Washer. The LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer is compatible with almost any LG Front Load Washers.

From 1/11-4/25 receive up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home.

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3. Multi-tasker at home? LG Twin Wash System will save you time – While your LG Front Load Washer and Sidekick Pedestal Washer are washing two loads simultaneously, you still have time to work on something else at home like cooking and spending time with your family.

4. Monitor it remotely with an app – not only that this LG Twin Wash System will save you time and energy in washing two loads simultaneously, you can also start your washer and monitor the cycle from your smartphone. Aside from those, you can also monitor the energy usage, download special cycles, and take control of multiple wash cycles, temperature settings and speed for deep cleaning.

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5. Great Best Buy Offer – who would say no to great discounts?! From January 11 to April 25, you can receive up to $500-OFF when you buy this awesome LG Twin Wash System. LG laundry solution for your home only at Best Buy. Check out www.bestbuy.com or you can visit your Best Buy local store for more details.

What is your favorite feature on this LG Twin Wash System?

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I’m the writer and creator behind GD Blog | Proud Filipino, born and raised in the Philippines | Happy and gay | Married to David | I moved to US to be with my man and we will start traveling, so technically, not staying in US | Life survivor | I’m just an average person like my readers | Someone that you can relate to

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23 Best Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day

08 February 2018

Most of the people appreciate Valentine’s Day a lot. Everyone knows that February has long been celebrated as month of romance and love. This is the time of the year when we will see romantic celebrations like exchanges of flowers, candies, and cards. Perfect opportunity to eat chocolate (while some can do this everyday), witness amazing floral arrangements, magical dinner dates here and there, all in the name of St. Valentine.

But if you’re still doing some travel plans this “Love” season, we got you here. We also believe that the best travel experience can be done solo and sharing it with somebody (or even with families and friends). This being said, we pulled together these world’s perfect destinations where you can take your romance a little step further. Places that are exotic and jaw-dropping with a little mix of city life, offbeat, culinary and cultural. Absolutely fabulous to spend Valentine’s Day.

Portland, Oregon

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With its beautiful cobblestone streets lined with cafes and restaurants, it is not hard to see why Portland has become one of the top romantic destinations in the USA.

Portland is a city that is filled with non-chain restaurants and shops, so you won’t end up eating at a Red Lobster. Try picking a popular street like Morrison Street, and wander until you find a cute little restaurant that you guys want to try out! Some of the best food is found by roaming the historic streets of Portland.

Biking is always a romantic date idea, and Portland has no shortage of beautiful biking trails and bike lanes to help you get around the stunning city. If you’re feeling adventurous, try renting a tandem bike for you and your significant other to ride through the city!

Around Portland, there are a ton of beautiful forests and waterfalls that are easily accessible for a romantic hike or nature walk. The stunning Multnomah waterfalls located just northeast of Portland are the among the most popular spots for a beautiful photo op with your spouse.

Portland’s unique charm proves that it is a one-stop place to spend your romantic getaway. Grab some fine wine, take a chocolate making class, then roam the beautiful gardens with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Gili Air, Indonesia

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If I could pick a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day it would certainly be Gili Air! My girlfriend and I went for just 3 days and loved it so much that we stayed a whole week! The Gili islands often get a bad rap and can be known for partying but the best part about Gili Air is that everyone heads over to Gili Trawangan for the party. That means that Gili Air is a couples paradise with beautiful beaches, romantic restaurants and all the coupley activities you can ask for.  

Be ready for some beautiful sunsets as the sun sweeps past the distant Mount Batur, a volcano on Bali. You might need to ask someone to help you snap a romantic photo on these ocean swings but don’t worry, the Gili Air locals are incredibly friendly and accustomed to serving couples traveling through Indonesia. I hope you enjoy your tropical Valentine’s getaway on Gili Air.

Berlin, Germany

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One of our favourite places to visit as a couple is Berlin in Germany. As a gay couple, this is one of the best places in Europe to visit.

There’s a lot for couples to do in Berlin. There are many romantic hotels to base yourself. One of our favourites is Axel, which caters to the LGBTQ community.

Berlin has some beautiful sites, which are a delight to see by foot or bike together, such as the Brandenburg Gate and of course, remains of the Berlin Wall. There are also many highly rated restaurants to dine. Our favourite for a romantic meal is the Telecafe restaurant in the famous Berlin TV Tower, which revolves a full 360 degrees in 1 hour. It’s located at 207m (679 ft) in the air, making it the highest revolving restaurant in Germany. Get a place here at sunset for the best, most romantic experience in Berlin.

New York, USA

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Make your way to New York City on Valentine’s Day to create the perfect date for you and your love. There are simple free things you can do like take a stroll around Central Park or hang out in time square watching lovers propose, get married or have vow renewals. For entertainment, make it to Broadway for a musical based on a love story. For a more erotic experience, you can go to the Museum of Sex. If you want to enjoy an amazing meal at a fine dining restaurant, most have special menus for the day like Gotham Bar and Grill, 4-course menu. Whatever your style or taste, you can find something romantic to bring you and your date closer in New York City.

Maldives

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The ever-popular Maldives is always on every couple’s bucket list. A taste of heaven on a secluded and beautiful island with the love of your life. Nothing beats spending time with your soulmate. #relationshipgoals

No doubt, Maldives is the number 1 choice for a perfect romantic destination. Here’s why:

-Location is  P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Over a 1000 island resorts to choose from, everything is just away from the busy, buzzy city from where you come from. It’s just you, your partner and the overwater bungalow towering over the blue waters of Maldives.

-Lots of romantic things to do like long walks on the beach, diving, riding a bicycle alongside that iconic view and many more. Speaking of that view, isn’t it amazing to see the beautiful scenery where everything is a backdrop of your perfect Instagram photo?

Perhaps an exotic couple spa is a great romantic idea to pamper each other and relax in each other’s company. Just lying on the powdered white sand and stargazing at night turn on that sexy vibe as you and your partner catch up on anything under the beautiful stars. There are countless of reasons to fly to Maldives but this picture should get you booking flights now!

Dubai, UAE

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Dubai’s laws on public displays of affection may be strict, but don’t cross it off your list just yet. The desert climate in February is perfect – and there are many enjoyable couple-only activities. Get your hearts soaring in a private charter flight in a luxury seaplane over Dubai. Sail through the sunset on a private yacht towards Dubai’s glittering skyline. Dress to the nines and watch a show at Dubai Opera. Indulge in a wide array of romantic dinner options – Accents located across Dubai Marina is a good choice. Despite contrary beliefs, you don’t need to be married to book a hotel together. This is a glimpse at what Dubai offers to couples. Just remember to abide by their public decency laws.

Lisbon

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While most people think of Paris as the quintessential romantic European city, my preference is definitely Lisbon.

Set over seven hills, the city of Lisbon is not as fast-moving city. It’s the kind of place that’s best explored through a leisurely stroll, stopping to indulge in bicas (espressos) and pastéis de nata along the way. Dotted around the city you’ll notice signposts for miradouros, which literally translates as “golden views” – spots around Lisbon that offer Instagram-worthy photos of the city. Most of these have benches and small cafes: romantic spots to relax and spend time together and just one of the reasons that I think Lisbon is such a great place to spend Valentine’s Day.

Italy

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Italy is all about the romance: from its language to its landscapes to its food and wine, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day, Italy is calling your name.

Whether you want to go hiking along the coastline in Cinque Terre, explore magnificent art in cities like Florence, Rome, and Milan, or simply find a villa in a small town with a beautiful view and busy yourself eating and drinking the days away with your beloved, there’s a version of Italy perfect for your romance.

Personally, an Italian Valentine’s Day for us would likely be spent in Tuscany, enjoying an indulgent, full five-course Italian meal complete with wine pairings, and later renting an elaborate suite or villa with an epic westward facing view of either Florence or the Tuscan countryside to enjoy the sunset from.

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Tel Aviv is not the first city that comes to mind when thinking of Valentine’s Day. Yet, it has a lot to offer in terms of romance. Directly located on the shores of the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is an incredibly lively city, with daily events, exhibitions and the possibility of getting involved in a myriad of activities. Couples looking for a bit of romance may head to the waterfront and the beach for a sunset walk. The views of Old Jaffa from there are stunning. Walking along the cobbled alleys of Jaffa or those of the trendy Neve Tzedek are good ways to enjoy the city atmosphere. To top this off, Tel Aviv has an incredible selection of restaurants and bars to have a lovely dinner.

Andalusia, Spain

A World to Travel

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Perhaps is that we visited this Southern Spanish region as a couple? Was the weather simply perfect in January? Did we have luck with the itinerary we planned for our Andalusia road trip? Maybe the affordable prices everywhere and lack of crowds helped us to connect more with each other in great accommodation spots? Is there a special charm to cities like Seville, Granada, and Cadiz that were touched by great civilizations that gave their buildings a unique and fascinating Arab feel? Speechless about how beautiful this land is, I can only ensure you that it is difficult to find a more dreamy destination to explore with your significant other on a budget.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Out & About in Southeast Asia

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It feels like a shame to visit Hoi An in Vietnam alone; most of this ancient town’s sights and sounds feel tailor-made for couples.

Whether you’re taking a cooking class with a local master (and eating your creations afterward); or walking down the narrow streets after dark, your paths lit only by colorful paper lanterns, or having dinner at one of the small, quirky restaurants that seem to be everywhere in the Old Quarter, Hoi An feels like a romantic dream of old Vietnam come alive.

Key sights to see when in Hoi An include: the Japanese Bridge (constructed by Japanese traders in the 16th century; one of Hoi An’s most iconic structures); the Fujian Assembly Hall (a relic of the Hokkien trading community that once had a strong presence here), and the Tan Ky House (a home/office of the Tan family dating back to Hoi An’s heyday). As motorized vehicles are banned in the Ancient Town, you’ll be walking all the way (holding hands, hopefully) while seeing these important sights.

The shophouses around Hoi An’s old quarter date back to the 18th century, when this riverside town was a trading port that attracted exporters from China, Japan, and as far away as Portugal. As nearby Da Nang rose in importance, Hoi An faded from the trade map. The wars that ravaged the rest of Vietnam fortunately passed over Hoi An, so the ancient shophouses (which bear influences from its former trading partners) remain untouched, except by the yearly floods from the river.

The romantic month of February fortunately avoids the annual monsoons, and brings cool and sunny weather for couples who visit this laidback, historic town in central Vietnam.

Costa Rica

Drink, Tea & Travel

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In our opinion, Costa Rica is one of the most amazing destinations for a Valentine’s day celebration, especially for couples looking for an adventurous, yet mindful getaway. Costa Rica is full of exciting activities to take yourself outside of your comfort zone and to connect with your loved one on another level. You can zipline through the rainforest, challenge yourself to whitewater rafting, try canyoning or horseback riding. It’s also a destination with some wonderful options to just relax and unwind. There are beautiful beaches, amazing waterfalls, and world-renowned hot springs where you can soak together in the most romantic setting.

You can indulge in Costa Rica’s delicious food, as there are lots of great restaurants offering local and fusion cuisine with locally sourced ingredients and fresh seafood. And at the end of the day, you can find lots of eco-friendly accommodation options that allow you not only to rest your head after a long day but to connect with nature and the beautiful surroundings.

Holbox, Mexico

Down Bubble

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One of our favourite ever romantic destinations is Holbox, its a beach lovers paradisiacal island off the northeastern coast of Mexico in the Yum Balum nature reserve. It’s also an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day as it’s warm year round, even through the winter months, with 300 sunny days a year and average daily max temperatures of 25 C (77 F). Aside from relaxing on the beach/ in your luxury accomodations, finding a meal or swinging side-by-side with your toes in the sand at a beach bar, there isn’t much else to do on this car-free (and carefree!) tiny island, except bask in the company of your special someone. To break this up you can do some (seasonal) wildlife or fishing tours, or just bring a good book for long lazy days of perfect romantic nothingness together!

Koh Lipe, Thailand

Tara Lets Anywhere

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Most couples would love to spend a romantic getaway in a tropical island, and Koh Lipe perfectly fits that bill. This island in the south of Thailand has amazing beaches (powder-like sand, aquamarine water) surrounded by lush jungle. Moreover, it is less crowded to its counterparts in the country and even Southeast Asia.

Life in Koh Lipe moves slowly, so you can savor every moment in this paradise. You can book a beachside accommodation and wake up with a view of the sea. You can do activities together such..

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