Champagne, room service, complicated metric system conversions—there’s a whole lot of romance ahead. And the right clothing can add just the right accent to your trip. If you're looking for ideas, here are some places famous for romance, and suggestions on what to pack in your bag.
Gourmet cuisine, exquisite art, breathtaking architecture, and those #@%$-ing shopkeepers that pretend they don’t speak English when you ask for a European voltage adapter—ah yes, Paris, France. The City of Lights has plenty going for it in the romance department, and if you like moonlit strolls, you’re not going to beat a walk to the top of Montmartre for a sweeping view of the city. This is the ideal destination for art and history lovers, not to mention foodies. And if you ever find a voltage adapter, you’ll be able to charge up your phone and take plenty of pictures of both. Just bring a versatile blazer, comfortable chinos, and some dress shoes you can actually walk in. You’ll need them.
A hike to Machu Picchu is one of the great lifetime experiences a person can have. And sharing it with someone you love will only make the groans of your pack llama that much sweeter. Just make sure you pack warm—those higher altitudes can be colder than you’d think. A sturdy sweater and rugged denim are a must. And for seafood fans, don’t miss out on the coast. The ceviches of Lima are among the best in the world, and the colonial Spanish architecture makes a stunning backdrop.
Golden sunny days and blues you’ve only previously seen in sports drinks. No, you can’t beat a day at the beach in the Maldives. Be sure to bring plenty of lightweight and light-colored cotton chinos to beat the heat, a few printed short sleeve shirts, and don’t forget those trunks—the Maldives have some of the best reef diving in the world. And if it’s angling you’re after, there’s plenty of places where you can eat what you catch.
These days, safaris are ecologically-minded affairs that bring guests close—in some cases very close—to the country’s spectacular natural wildlife. If being separated from lions by a thin layer of tent canvas doesn’t unleash your sensual inner animal, nothing will. So get the most out of it in clothing that’s comfortable, durable, but still stately enough for dinner out in Dar Es Salaam. Chambray shirts, chino shorts, and comfortable boots are all good things to have. And definitely don’t forget your copy of “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” tucked away in the pocket of you natty tweed blazer.
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