Travelling in 2019 is all about gaining experiences. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no greater excuse for a romantic trip away. But often, an unfamiliar location brings the biggest dilemma – what to pack!
- Riga, Latvia
Riga is the next capital of romance, and if you love to explore new cultures with your boo, this city offers just that.
Whether you’re into cars and want to visit the Riga Motormuseum or take a swift stroll through Central Market, you’re really spoilt for choice with this location. But what should you wear?
For dreamy walks through Old City opt for toasty attire such as woolly jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves. Darker hues will go extremely when it comes to posing in front the bright buildings for the ‘gram. If you’re visiting over the Valentine’s weekend, temperatures are expected to be at highs of 2°C but lows of -6°C, meaning you need to be prepared for all types of circumstances.
Wherever you’re dining on the evening, you must make sure that you’re the star of the show. Pick one of your going out tops, pair with your high waisted jeans and complete the look with chic silver trainers. Don’t forget your faux fur panel jacket to stay on trend.
- Reykjavik, Iceland
When you’re venturing away with your loved one, Reykjavik is one that should be on your list as it oozes romance.
Cuddle up and watch the northern lights when you head to this city. Or take a relaxing spa day to another level by visiting the Blue Lagoon. There’s no denying that the climate in the Nordic country is extremely different to our own, so what should you wear?
A warm coat is essential for this trip, especially when temperatures are set to be between -2°C and 3°C. If you’re planning on going on any excursions such as the northern lights or Golden Circle tour, you should think about packing some thermals as it can get even colder the further you move away from the city centre.
Don’t think that you can’t dress up on this trip. Reykjavik has a number of fine-dining restaurants and some clubs. Some of the late-night venues have dress codes, so you’ll need a change from your hiking boots and jumpers if you want to make it past the door. There are many students who live in the city and are less phased by the cold, so you’ll fit in fine if you want to wear a dressy skirt and top – just bring a coat for the journey home and leave it in the cloakroom.
- Krakow, Poland
Flights to this city aren’t too pricey either, so it makes the perfect getaway for the most romantic day of the year while sticking to a budget! Just like some of our other top picks, this city strikes a balance between historic culture and modern entertainment it an ideal last-minute getaway. From partying in the main square to visiting castles and cathedrals, make sure you have enough time to explore everything.
Expect highs of 3°C and lows of -7°C during your Valentine’s trip. For roaming around central with your loved one, fit in with the locals by wearing bright tones.
When it comes to dressing up on a night out, rock what you feel comfortable in. But for Valentine’s Day date night itself, be the star of the show with a chic dress and matching jacket.
- Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Plovdiv is the next big city, and there’ so much to do. Dubbed as an exclusive city after being built around seven hills, you’ll be thrown deep into the historic culture that comes with visiting this city.
From visiting ancient theatres to museums, what more could you look for in an adventurous holiday. For Valentine’s weekend, the temperature will stay at around 3°C but could go right down to -8°C. When it comes packing for this destination, you need to pack something that keeps you warm but is super practical for walking – as you’ll do plenty here. Think about thermal waterproof jackets, boots and gloves.
When in Plovdiv, you can choose on whether you want to go all out and dress up, but the small restaurants don’t expect anything extravagant. Go for something subtle like a roll-neck jumper, jeans and some flat trainers. Take a backpack to keep your belongings in and a jacket for when you get cold walking back to your hotel.
- Bruges, Belgium
Bruges will make the perfect trip, especially if you love the aesthetics of cobbled streets and canals. What else is so special about it? From fantastic restaurants and bars to shopping trips and iconic cultural landmarks, this surprise trip will be extremely hard to top. From visiting the Chocolate Museum to the Brewery, there’s something for all couples to indulge in.
When heading for a romantic walk around the city and stopping at cafés, you can keep it casual with a jumper dress or jeans and pumps – again, keep it lively with bright tones. With highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C, this style will be very suitable.
Going to the brewery? Head out formal with heels and a sophisticated dress; for the walk home, you should always take a matching jacket to ensure you always look on point.