Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it, opportunities aplenty to treat your loved one — or even yourself. But while chocolates and roses are always welcome, lovers are increasingly looking for new and inspired ways to show they care.
prioritizing travel over material goods; and when it comes to celebrating the romantic holiday, it seems things are little different.
Last year, global travel bookings platform Klook recorded a 100 percent rise in couples’ purchases in February compared to March. This year, it expects that trend to continue and has introduced a “For Lovers” filter specifically to assist with the anticipated demand.
The pattern is in line with ever-increasing spending on Feb. 14. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, lovers spent nearly $20 billion on Valentine’s Day. Millennials are expected to continue spend big bucksthis year.
However, the holiday needn’t break the bank. CNBC Make It took a look at some of the most on-trend travel experiences to suit all budgets this Valentine’s.
When it comes to Valentine’s, there’s nothing quite like a romantic cruise along the waters of a beautiful city.
The stunning canals and historic architecture of Venice, Italy make for a timeless waterside destination. And despite the floods of tourists during peak seasons, you can enjoy the city’s iconic gondola ride for less than $35. If you feel like pushing the boat out, you can tack on a serenade in a gondola for an extra $10.
For nature-lovers, there are few experiences higher on the bucket list than a wild safari.
But for your chance to get up close and personal with the so-called Big Five game animals — lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and Cape buffalo — try heading to South Africa. There, from just over $2,000, you can enjoy seven days exploring Cape Town and the wildlife of the bush, before embarking on some mountain-hiking.
Travel photo shoots have taken off in recent years, with lovers in South Korea and Japan particularly captured by the trend. In 2018, Klook recorded a 50 percent rise in bookings over the holiday period.
One prized photography location is Jeju Island in South Korea, which boasts a wide variety of stunning backdrops, from waterfalls and rock formations to pristine beaches. A $453.29 photo shoot package lasting six-to-nine hours will buy you a portfolio of photos plus a hair and makeup service, outfit hire and transfers to and from your accommodation.
Love can quite literally be in the air this Valentine’s with a sky-high ride. From gliding over Queenstown, New Zealand in a helicopter for $600 to flying over the ancient Nazca lines of Peru for around $1,000, there are countless ways to take in the world’s most iconic sights from above.
For $350, you can watch the sun rise over the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar from a hot air balloon. During the ride, an English-speaking guide will be on hand to talk you through the history of Bagan’s more than 2,200 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries, before you return to solid ground for a champagne breakfast.
A cookery class can be a perfect way to get to know the local cuisine of a new city, and businesses are catching on to that trend, offering a wide selection of experiences for all budgets.
Try cooking up a romantic feast in the Moroccon city of Marrakesh, where, for $78 you will be guided through local ingredients and taught to make five dishes. Elsewhere, for around $3,000, you can have a taste of the high life with a gastronomic tour of San Francisco and Napa Valley.
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