Give the Gift of Travel on Valentines Day

Roses from Ecuador

Travel to Ecuador to see the roses!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of giving your sweetheart a gift, consider taking that special someone to see where some traditional Valentine’s Day gifts are created.

Roses are a traditional gift. Instead of sending a dozen roses, why not go to Ecuador to see some of the world’s most beautiful roses? At 9000 feet, you might feel a bit lightheaded from the elevation, but you can blame it on love. Seriously, Cotopaxi is less than an hour away. The views from the volcano are spectacular.

Nothing says romance like some rich creamy chocolate. A visit to Switzerland can allow you see (and taste!) some of the world’s finest chocolates. Visit Maison Cailler, the first Swiss chocolate company; to learn to make truffles. Another option is Stettler Chocolates to sample their Paves de Genève (Pavement of Geneva) a luscious square of chocolate dusted with cocoa.

Oysters are supposed to put you in the mood for romance. Take your sweetie to Hog Island Oyster Company just over an hour north of San Francisco, where you can picnic or take a tour. Don’t need to see the oysters in their natural habitat? Get them fresh off the boat at their oyster bar In San Francisco. You’ll find plenty of other romantic things to do in the city by the bay.

Give them a gift of lingerie in Paris

Lingerie by Carine Gilson

Almost every woman would enjoy a silky piece of lingerie. Carine Gilson offers imageries made from Lyon silk and Chantilly lace in Brussels. But visit her boutique in Paris. Her panties range from $300 – $600. If that’s a bit steep for you, just window shop there and just roam the streets of one of the world’s most romantic cities.

Want something more traditional? Go to a romantic Bed and Breakfast; go visit the place you first met. Go somewhere new and exciting. But to show your special someone you really care, get trip insurance to protect them against the unexpected. Don’t let a mishap take away the romance.