Whether you love it, hate it or don’t celebrate, Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. It’s really just another day, but this year, it happens to be a Friday, which means all the more reason to celebrate — even if it’s only in honor of TGIF. While everyone is scrambling to make dinner reservations and flower deliveries, there are some tasteful celebrations happening around the world you may be missing.
Plan for a relocation to celebrate solo, with your sweetheart or family with this list of way better plans for your Feb. 14. For budget travelers, don’t forget this time of year is one of the best to capitalize on off-season deals, holiday discounts and unlikely family promotions — if it means stretching your dollar that much further, you may not want to skip the holiday this year.
Keep it stateside with a fun locale you can enjoy with friends, family and as a couple, like Colorado Springs, Colorado. With more winter-based fun, relaxing luxury stays, adventurous activity and truly something for everyone, this destination is a great place to start your V-Day planning — even if the V is just for vacation. Take in the Rocky Mountain views while glamping in a yurt on Airbnb, or enjoy winter sports at the myriad resorts offering all levels of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and the all-important après ski. Upgrade to a lodge and take advantage of family-friendly amenities and tours, like horseback riding, or explore town with friends while touring local breweries and distilleries.
The heartbeat of Valentine’s Day (literally), Verona, Italy, sees lovebirds from all over the world flock to the town square for the beloved holiday. Join the crowd for a true burst of Valentine’s energy, including larger-than-life, heart-shaped everything. The city is essentially covered with beautiful flowers and festivities all over the city reminiscent of a certain William Shakespeare play. Bring the story (or at least the setting) to life with kids and introduce them to the world they’ve read about, loaded with charming shops, ancient architecture and history with a daytrip to the fair city of Verona.
This one is so obvious, it hurts, but a list of truly stunning destinations for winter festivities and romantic escapes is always going to include Paris. Explore with sightseeing tours just in time for the season, or venture on your own walking tour of the city, hitting all the must-see stops. You don’t have to plan a whole lot on this trip, as Paris does all the work for you. Bring friends and dine on fine French cuisine and wine, or make it an unforgettable romantic escape. Either way, it’s a great excuse to enjoy the incredible city while diving into French culture, meaning macarons and Champagne.
There’s no reason to shiver your way through the holidays this month. Family travelers can escape to Mexico for the season with family-friendly Christmas offerings at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
As family travelers get ready for the holiday and gift-giving season, this thrilling and unique offer from SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort should be on all travelers’ radar. The new SkyBridge Michigan Flex Ticket is the perfect experience-style gift for your adventure-loving loved one.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.