What’s your couple ID? Our guide to planning the ultimate, romantic road trip
Are you on the highway to love? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to say those three little words than by planning the ultimate romantic road trip? We’ve picked six of the most-iconic, scenic settings across the globe, set to tempt you to jet off, jump in the car and pop that playlist on repeat as you drive into the dusk.
The key thing to remember when planning a successful romantic getaway is to customise it to your own relationship. One thing that’s often overlooked is that one person’s impression of romance can be very different to someone else’s. Think about how you like to spend time together. Go back to basics – think about the characteristics you hold as a couple. What kind of couple are you?
The Adventurous Couple:
Lots of couples share a similar thirst for adrenaline and adventure – if your first date was a trip to Alton Towers, you definitely fall under this category. This type of couple is much more open to double dating because they’re so carefree. Together, you live life on the edge and life-goals like marriage and offspring just aren’t on your radar at the moment because you’re too busy ticking off your bucket list and planning your next fix of fun.
Great Ocean Road stretches from the Twelve Apostles to Apollo Bay and is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most-iconic coastal drives.
Surfs up! This region is a particular favourite for the world’s professionals. The Rip Curl Pro event, held at Bells Beach, makes this stretch of water very well known. There’s plenty to offer when it comes to satisfying the needs of the adventurous. Stop off along your way to admire breathtaking waterfalls or if you really want to push the boat out, (not literally), go shark cage diving – it’s a sure way of seeing your adrenaline levels soar!
The Long Distance Relationship (LDR) Couple:
Although many view this as a partnership destined for downfall, don’t be so sure. Think about it, you’ve mastered independence and you’ve got communication down to a fine art. You certainly know what you want from life. Sometimes, LDRs do suck, but that’s why it’s so important to make an effort all year round, not just Valentine’s Day.
Next stop, Japan! After all, you should be used to long distances by now.
What’s more romantic than a road named the Nihon Romantic Highway? The route from Chugushi to the 120 road split is renowned for its incredible turns, corners and twists that impress even the most-experienced of drivers. This is a drive sure to turn up the heat in your relationship: when you’ve had enough of the relentless sharp bends, take a pitstop at some of Japan’s best hot springs and volcanoes.
It’s called the 120 road split for a reason – whether you choose to go your separate ways again at the end is entirely up to you!
The Young at Heart Couple:
As the saying goes: you’re only as old as you feel! It’s just a state of mind. There are so many couples out there who are grabbing life by the horns right now…tooting them constantly as they drive down the street! If you’re a couple who’s got a few miles on the clock, but are just as fun loving as when you first met, this is the greatest road match for you:
3, 2, 1, GO! The U.S. Route 129 offers 318 turns of the steering wheel, making this infamous stretch a real-life racetrack in itself.
The road earned its name from its curves being said to resemble a dragon’s tail. Some of its sharpest curves are named Copperhead Corner, Hog Pen Bend, Wheelie Hell, Shade Tree Corner, Mud Corner, Sunset Corner, Gravity Cavity, Beginner’s End, and Brake Or Bust Bend purely for the fun factor! It really is one for the light hearted but be warned as its dangers offer a challenge that isn’t for the faint hearted!
The Mismatched Couple:
You love playing tennis, your other half doesn’t. Your partner likes Italian food, but you’re not so keen. You like beach holidays and your spouse enjoys skiing. It’s said that opposites attract, but is it possible to be so far apart on the spectrum that you’re literally on the road to nowhere?
New Zealand’s Karamea Highway is just that. Its physical dead-end status is guaranteed to see you backtracking sooner or later. However, it’s all about keeping things exciting and this road is rich with scenery and quaint towns to enjoy along the way.
This road offers sub-tropical rainforests and coastal views of the Tasman Sea. So, whether you’re in it for the long run or just here to enjoy the ride while it lasts, one thing’s for sure: this long stretch will leave you with epic memories!
The Crazy in Love Couple:
If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, it can seem that this type of couple is plastered all over your social feeds. In fact, you’ve probably already started thinking about which could be the key contenders this year – #unfollow
Love struck? Head over heels? The crazy in love couple (also known as the inseparables) hold a partnership made in heaven. This is a pairing that seems to stem major couple envy! You live in each other’s pockets and the love just keeps growing. It’s the kind of relationship most aspire to or take years searching for a connection as deep.
This journey shouldn’t be entered into lightly. Overall, It leaves little disappointment. Lakes, trees, mountains and more. Drive the L126 through the southern part of Germany’s Black Forest to witness scenery that will quite literally take your breath away and set your pulses racing.
The Power Couple:
They’re the couple that made it ten years ago while you were still trying to claw your way to the top. The house, the car, the family – they have it all. There’s nothing wrong with them and they’re perfectly nice people, but there’s just something about them that makes you look at your life in a different way. The thing is, anyone can aspire to be a power couple…
If you’re in search of a full throttle power-trip, this is the road for you and your partner.
The first 20 miles of this mountainous road offers obstacles in the form of tight corners and reverse camber bends, but it’s the final section that will really put you to the test! The WOW factor consists of 27 consecutive bends and a drop of nearly 1,000 metres before finishing off with an impressive tunnel that turns 340 degrees before emerging in the small town of Lysebotn, making this scenic stretch like none other.
These are just a few suggestions for your not so middle-of-the-road getaway this Valentine’s Day. If your lover has been driving you crazy lately, this could be the perfect opportunity to re-charge your batteries and take solace. Who knows, you may even get to know your other half a little better because of it! Depending on your relationship, this could be either a good or bad thing, we would like to think you’ll see sparks flying but if it all backfires, don’t blame us!