Overwater Bungalows and private beaches may be de rigueur when it comes to romance in pop culture, but if your idea of a romantic getaway is more ‘off the beaten track’ than ‘5-star soiree’, check out these alternative romantic holidays.
Glamping (or just plain old camping)
There’s plenty to love about camping but it’s not the sexiest of holidays you can take. Often bringing up visions of lumpy bedding and mosquito bites for the uninitiated, camping has a romance of its own for those willing to get back to nature in order to find it. Leaving behind the technology traps of modern life, phones are off, computers left at home and there’s no TV in sight. Romantic activities can include star gazing, bush walking or kayaking dreamily down a quiet river, and if that’s not enough to entice you, perhaps try a spot of ‘glamping’. Paperbark Camp is one company that offers this luxury camping, and each safari-style tent comes complete with a king-size bed and an ensuite, with gourmet meals prepared by an on-site chef.
Farm Stay in the Australian Outback
The Australian Outback has long held a sort of romantic mystery for novelists and film-makers alike. There is a whole genre of Australian literature dedicated to it, where the challenging beauty of the harsh setting is often portrayed as a place where strong-willed men and women fall in love. Taking you away from the constant rush of city life, farm stays offer a different pace, plenty of fresh air and the chance to impress your loved one with your ability to jump a fence or ride a horse. From cosy cottages with open fireplaces to sprawling farms where you can spend the day milking cows and riding horses, there’s plenty on offer if you’re looking for a romantic farming experience.
There’s something sexy about someone who selflessly gives their time to help others, so it stands to reason that a romantic holiday could include some volunteer work. An increasingly popular choice for those who want to decrease their carbon footprint when they travel, Voluntourism is booming right now with people travelling to Africa, South-East Asia and South America to lend a hand building houses, teaching English or planting trees.