There are myriad reasons to travel with your partner later in life: financial security, a deeper understanding of the world, more time, etc. But perhaps the best reason to see the world is the experience it offers, and the rejuvenation that comes with exposure to new places and people.
To help get your next holiday started, we’ve put together some information to help you decide.
Nestled between the shimmering Adriatic Sea and the imposing Dinaric Alps lies the walled town of Dubrovnik, a city of unparalleled historic beauty. Dating back to 7th century, Dubrovnik stands today as a monument to times past -- a Baroque jewel with stunning limestone architecture. Take a stroll on the fabled city walls that protected this ancient capital for centuries, or travel further afield to the monastery and gardens on the verdant island of Lokrum. Delve deep into the past with a visit to the War Photo Limited Exhibit and then rise above the city in a cable car to the mountain Srđ, with stunning views of the entire city and the azure coastline. Dubrovnik is romantic and sublime -- sure to impress even the most seasoned of travelers.
An artistic and culinary Mecca on the Rio Duoro, Porto boasts some of Western Europe’s most elegant vistas. This vibrant city is most-renowned as the birthplace of port wine, but it also offers outstanding insights into world history. The Ribiera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its ancient winding streets are lined with delicious eateries and bars. On a grander scale, the Sé do Porto and Igreja de São Francisco are both breathtaking displays of Gothic and Roman architecture (respectively) and offer some of the most dazzling displays of artistic vision writ large. For a trip to the more recent past, visit the Serralves Museum, featuring Modernist art and fantastic displays of Minimalism from the 1960s’ onwards.Often overshadowed by the more famous Lisbon, Porto is a rare treasure just waiting to be explored.
3. Lake Garda
At the foot of the Dolomites, amidst groves of lemon and olive trees lies Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. This fairytale destination is rich with Roman historical monuments and villas, perhaps none more impressive than the Arena di Verona -- Italy’s largest arena. Jump forward in history to the rule of the Gonzaga family and explore the stately Palazzo Ducale, or visit the Il Vittoriale Degli Italiani, a museum in the former estate of writer Gabriele D’Annunzio. On the northern shore, in a location uniquely alpine and Mediterranean, is the Riva Del Garda. Relax in the picturesque town or take advantage of the mountain winds to participate in some of the best windsurfing in the world. With so much to do, it’s no surprise that Lake Garda remains one of our most popular destinations year after year.
4. Saint Petersburg
Situated as Russia’s imperial and cultural capital, Saint Petersburg is nothing if not impressive. Criss-crossed with Venetian-style canals, it is a city at once both modern and classic. Chief among its many attractions is the Hermitage, a museum of art and culture that holds the title of second largest museum in the world. Or for a more uniquely Russian view of the past, the Russian Museum offers the world’s largest collection of fine Russian art. Those that appreciate stunning architecture will enjoy the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood -- perhaps the most famous sight in the entire city, rivalled only by the breathtaking St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The city of the Tsars displays a grandeur not often seen in the modern world, and is a must-see destination, especially during the famous White Nights of summer.