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Choose Your Own Adventure: Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might be in the process of mapping out a romantic trip with the one you love. And that process may seem daunting. Should you go with something romantic, fun, or quirky? Take a deep breath: here are four questions that will guide you in the right direction as you plan your special day.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Romance

I have to laugh when I see things like “rented” swans, petal-strewn hotel beds, and string-quartet serenades. That’s why I asked 10 concierges in some of my favorite cities what they would recommend to the most discerning of guests for a night of off-the-beaten-path romance — whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a wedding proposal, or simply a much-needed date night.

Swoonable: Cities that Set the Scene for Love

A great Valentine’s Day has as much to do with where you spend it as it does with the person you share it with. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite romantic movies of all time — and the cities that made them sing.

The Radar: 7 Unromantic Places, Coolest Subway Stops, World’s Best Long Walks

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Islands Made for Valentine’s Day, Barcelona Freebies, How to Enjoy the Australian Outback

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Worldwide Love Potions

In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, hopeful Oberon instructs Puck to place pansies on Titania’s eyes to make her fall madly in love with him. “The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid/ will make man or woman madly dote/ upon the next live creature that it sees,” Shakespeare wrote, but Oberon’s plan fails and…

Cupcakes! (And Other Places We Love)

We obviously love travel here at the magazine, so we’re happy to announce our special online Valentine’s Day travel package highlighting some of the best places to celebrate all things amour. Click through to find out where Tiffany & Co.’s recommendations on places to propose, a sampling of romantic books that will whisk you away…