The likes of smartphones and Netflix have made it all too easy for us to sprawl at home with our boyfriends and girlfriends, frittering the weekend away in a never-ending cycle of memes, television seasons and take-outs. Sometimes this is exactly what you need when the working week is done; but other times, you might just be craving that little bit more. Relationships are largely about mystery and adventure, and if you lose that, you’re in big trouble. So why not try and keep the spark alive with that tried-and-tested method of jetting off to some exotic locales for an extended weekend vacation!

When it comes to choosing a destination, the world is literally your oyster; but some places do stand out more than others when it comes to the romantic stakes. These cities just appear to have dreamy romanticism wrapped up in the atmosphere, making them the perfect wistful getaway for a loved-up couple.

Check out BUCKiTDREAM for some more ideas and get inspired by couples who’ve already explored some wistful global hideaways, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner handy as we take you through 5 perfect places for a romantic weekend vacation.

Hole Up in Honolulu Hawaii is a genuine bucket list, a sun-soaked paradise for any couple looking to get away from it all. You can spend all day lounging on one of the many fine-sanded beaches, take a dip in the endless tranquil turquoise waters, or laze in the shade of a palm tree with your lover’s head resting on your chest (which can work for either gender).

Honolulu is the capital of the exotic paradise of Hawaii and provides the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, as it’s located a small hop away from mainland U.S. It also has a way of making you forget every single thing that was stressing you out at home.

Rest Easy in Rome Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world, so it makes sense that its capital is a must-see bucket list trip for any couple looking for a passionate escape. The beautiful architecture, gorgeous food and extremely agreeable weather all conspire to make an unforgettable getaway, saturated with class and elegance.

The best way to see Rome is to book an apartment in and around the center; try the hip district of Trastevere, within walking distance of the city center, but quiet and removed enough to provide its own charms. From there you can ramble around the city’s ancient streets, falling into that carefree, laid-back Roman way of life with your significant other by your side.

Kick Back in Killarney Ireland holds a special place in many traveler’s hearts. It’s a place of rolling green hills, cozy traditional pubs, and endless mythical intrigue. Leprechauns, for example. Are they real? Are they a fantasy? Who knows! Your very best bet of encountering these mythical little folk is undoubtedly in Co. Kerry, purveyor of rural Ireland at its finest. 

Killarney is a gorgeous town situated in the middle of the country, surrounded by majestic mountains and tranquil lakes. Hiking, Guinness-drinking and snuggling up together are all on the cards in Killarney; let the spirit of Ireland get you in the mood. 

Relax in Reykjavik The capital of Iceland is a little off the beaten track when it comes to romantic getaways, but Reykjavik has recently been climbing up the rankings as a bucket list hot spot. You and your partner will feel like you’re the only people left in the world when you retreat to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa just outside the city or spend an enchanting evening viewing the spectacular natural show of the Aurora Borealis. The city itself is quiet, walkable and safe, depending on the weather; but you might just prefer to curl up in front of a fire and watch the snow fall through the window.

Prance Through Paris Any list of romantic getaways wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Paris, the true city of love. Although the title is a cliché these days, all clichés began as truth, and it’s easy to see why once you touch down on Paris’ gorgeous rues. The language itself is romantic, and once you start hearing it every which way you turn, you and your partner will become intoxicated with its loved-up atmosphere. Just try and resist the urge to propose when you find yourself viewing the city’s beautiful panorama from the Eiffel Tower’s balcony. Or you could just go with it; there’s no better place than Paris!

Now that you know these heartfelt hot spots, be sure to share photos of your trip with fellow BUCKiTDREAMERS once you get home. And remember, there’s no rule that says you have to choose one of the above destinations; why not make it your mission to try them all out and see which one you like best? Check out All Roads Lead to Rome and Where to Fall in Love in Paris for some more ideas about what to do in the cities when you get there!