NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA
This small yet vibrant city is one of the must visit places in Eastern Canada. Home to one of the most stunning natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Let’s all just agree right now that the Canadian side is better. Sorry America, but it’s true. But while you might expect the location of this amazing waterfall to be a sleepy little town you could be quite surprised. It’s essentially the Canadian Las Vegas, complete with casinos and all the entertainment that goes along with them. So can this really be one of the top vacation destinations for couples? Hands up if you’ve seen The Office? I mean this was a romantic trip for Jim and Pam on their wedding day right?
Where to stay in Niagara Falls
There are a number of hotels around the falls, but if you are here specifically to see them, I would recommend booking a hotel (or a room) with a falls view. That’s what we did. We booked into the Crowne Plaza hotel and had a high up room looking directly down to the falls. For a more reclusive home base, visit Niagara on the Lake, a 30-minute drive away but a much quieter area. Surrounded by wineries it’s full of cute little Bed & Breakfasts whether you want to be nearer the lake, the town or the wineries themselves.
What to do in Niagara Falls
Other than the obvious? I mean, it’s why you came here right? See the falls by day, take a tour of the caves and tunnels under the falls and feel the mist of the spray as you get some impressive shots. Or take the Maid of the Mist boat into the falls themselves. Warning: all the rows will get wet! The town of Niagara Falls is great for those who like a little noise and neon in their vacations. Hit up the casinos or play some crazy golf. And nearby Niagara on the Lake are some of the best wineries in the region if you really want to get away from the crowds. Take a wine tour with pickup from your hotel/B&B and enjoy the quiet Canadian countryside with a glass of vino.
This city is one of my favorite places to visit in the UK. Scotland’s capital city is a little quieter than its English counterpart, London. But it’s no less impressive. The beautiful buildings and cobbled streets are delightful, and the city is full of art and history. The city has a charm that isn’t easily replicated and the people are so friendly and welcoming that you’ll feel like you belong from your first taste of Haggis.
Where to stay in Edinburgh
Take advantage of the Scottish hospitality and find a nice little Bed & Breakfast in Edinburgh. There are lots of them around Edinburgh such as the Lyncliff B&B. It’s a short walk to the center of Edinburgh and you can still be at the Royal Mile within 15 minutes. But the good news about a B&B (other than the cozy feel, and the fact that breakfast is included) is that they are usually in a quieter location than the hotels. And generally a little cheaper. Click here to book your stay at Lyncliff Bed & Breakfast today.
What to do in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle at the end of the Royal Mile is probably the most famous attraction in the city. Castles are cool no matter where they are, but this one sits on top of a hill with the most amazing views of the city and has a ridiculously interesting history. We enjoyed just chilling out in Edinburgh tasting whiskey in one of the many traditional pubs in the city. But if you want to go further, Edinburgh is a great base for a day trip to Loch Ness. I would have spent longer in the Highlands if I could but a trip to Urquhart Castle and the infamous lake looking for a monster was a perfectly relaxing way to spend a day. The incredibly eerie views made for a wonderful backdrop for our photos.
Vietnam is a little more budget friendly than Thailand, more like Thailand was maybe 10 years ago. The people are so friendly, the food is top notch and there are countless things to do. Spend some time in the cities and experience the craziness but also make sure you get out of the hustle and bustle of urban life and enjoy some of the countryside or quieter towns. Vietnam is a big country but I class it as one of the top vacation destinations for couples because there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Where to stay in Vietnam
Start in Hanoi and work your way down. I would recommend at least staying in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the historic city of Hue if you have time, and perhaps Nha Trang for a resort getaway. In Hanoi we stayed at a nice central hotel called Sunline Paon Hotel in the old quarter. Breakfast is included, and it’s really good. In Hoi An, we stayed a little out of the town so it was a much more secluded, quiet hotel. Village Lodge was along a country road with a lovely pool area and private balconies in each room. Book your stay at the Village Lodge in Hoi An here.
What to do in Vietnam
While there are plenty of things to keep you busy, it never hurts to take a cooking class. What better way to impress your partner than with some of your new found cooking skills. Read more about my Hanoi cooking class here.
And a trip to Vietnam wouldn’t be complete without a couple of days on a Halong Bay cruise. The scenery is stunning, the cruises are relaxing and perfect for couples wanting some alone time from busy Vietnam cities. I met a few people there celebrating their honeymoon. Watching a sunrise over Halong Bay is the only time you’ll be happy about getting up at 5am.
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