Tis the season of love, and this February finds millions of travel fanatics heading off to uncharted lands in search of a romantic getaway. But not every foreign city will set the mood. In fact, some are just downright unromantic in every way. Avoid these places at all costs.
A network of stunning canals, historic architecture and a marketing department working overtime have given Venice a reputation as one of the world’s most romantic cities. The reality doesn’t quite live up to the postcards. In February, you’ll find those boat rides quite chilly when the winds pick up, and, if it gets even a little warm, you’ll experience a stench like no other.
São Paulo is something of the redheaded stepchild of Brazil, with most of the accolades going to Rio instead. There’s good reason for that. While portions of São Paulo are certainly beautiful, and the culture rich, there are many areas that are straight up rundown. It’s a great place to visit once, but there’s also a good chance you’ll run into trouble walking the streets in the evening after a date.
Bangkok is one of the most thrilling cities on Earth. But the vibrant, crowded atmosphere, dirty streets and party culture don’t lend themselves well to a romantic getaway. You’re more likely to end up passed out over the toilet rather than cuddled up in bed after an evening on the town in Thailand’s capital.
The small city of Belgorod has the prestigious honor of being the city that actually banned Valentine’s Day. The governor famously proclaimed the holiday promotes promiscuity and moved to erase it from existence. That alone earns it a spot on the list.
Pitcairn Island is a remote patch of land between Eastern Island and French Polynesia, and Britain’s only inhabited territory in the Pacific. At only 15 square miles and a population of 50, it doesn’t exactly come to mind as an adventurous tourist destination. However, this tiny island is hiding some incredible opportunities.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
In the loud, busy and often overwhelming medina of Marrakesh, it can be difficult to find a tiny sliver of solace in which to rest after spending hours negotiating for the best market prices. But one riad truly exemplifies the characteristic of “tucked away,” as it’s located a few connected alleyways from the noise and congestion.
The summer of 2019 will be filled with blockbuster hits. There are some recognizable brands that will perform well and some newcomers that might take the box office by surprise. The season is already starting strong with Marvel Studios finally releasing Avengers Endgame. This massive movie set box office records that likely won’t be touched for years. The film brings an end to the series and fans are not going to wait until it’s available on DVD. Endgame is going to jumpstart the season by bringing people to the movies and reminding them why it’s worth spending money to see a movie in theaters versus at home.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Finding the beauty in an iconic city like Rome, London, Prague or Paris is easy — just look around. See the jaw-dropping sites of the Coliseum or the Sistine Chapel on a summertime trip; take an obligatory photo on the South Bank with Big Ben in the distance; savor Prague Castle views; or stroll the stunning streets of Paris in the springtime.