Whether we like it or not, Valentine's Day is among us once again. If dinners and roses at the local cafe aren't your style, this is a great time of year to get out of town or try something new with family or friends.
Just a few days before Valentine's Day, there's still time to prepare something special for your significant other. Take a break from chocolate and flowers this year. Instead, consider spending a few nights away from home with your significant other.
No matter what you do, your time in Paris is likely to be romantic. You can also opt for the "wine and cheese" pairing segment if you're willing to go all out. In a lovely tasting room in the heart of the Latin Quarter, you and your significant other can sample four French wines and four local cheeses (served on baguettes, of course) for $60 per person.
Then, for $256 a night, you can book a beautiful two-bedroom houseboat on the Seine with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. Watch the lights of the Eiffel Tower at night from the deck of the boat or from a nearby vantage point. Remember to bring sparkling wine.
There's nothing quite like seeing your lover prepare sushi on Valentine's Day, so if you can make it to Tokyo for the holidays, schedule a sushi-making session.
You can dine with Chef Kazuki, president of the century-old Ginza restaurant, for $55 per person. He has taught over 5,000 people how to do his work, so you know you're getting the best education possible.
Then, book a spot in this peaceful one-bedroom apartment in Tokyo's Koto Ward. Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art and Kiba Park are both within walking distance of traditional residences, with rents as low as $80 a night. This is an ideal venue for couples looking to explore the city together.
Taking surf lessons with your significant other this Valentine's Day is one of the most memorable things you can do in Los Angeles.
Additionally, this hippie-style loft in the historic center of Venice is available for short-term rental via Airbnb. It doesn't get any better than this. It's only $50 a night, so you'll have plenty for flowers and candles.
As a Valentine's Day treat in London, you can check out these sites and spend time with your loved ones at the same time. Freelance photographers can take you around London and photograph you and your spouse in some of the most romantic places in the city for $40. As a result, you will have tangible reminders of your journey and how you felt about it for the rest of your life.
New York City
Even though New York City, like the other destinations mentioned, has a lot to offer lovers on Valentine's Day, how about a visit to the Catacombs of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral? As creepy as it may seem, if things get too scary for you, your date will no doubt reach out to you or put their arms around you throughout the candlelight tour.