UK cities are more romantic than Venice or Rome, poll shows

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Traditionally romantic settings such as Venice and Rome have been overlooked in favour of UK cities including Edinburgh and Belfast in the top ten list of favourite Valentine’s destinations.

valentineThe two British cities swiped third and seventh place respectively in the top Valentine’s destinations for Gatwick Airport passengers this year.

Geneva stole the spotlight, coming in first place, followed by Amsterdam and Edinburgh. Balmy Barcelona took fourth place, with Grenoble and Dubai hot on its heels. Belfast, Dublin, Tenerife and Bridgetown also featured in the top ten.

Nick Henderson of Terminals Operations at Gatwick Airport, said: “As usual, European mini break destinations are proving popular but it’s interesting to see less traditional cities, like Belfast, hitting the spot for Valentine’s breaks this year.”

A whopping 476,000 passengers are expected to travel through Gatwick during Valentine’s week, which is expected to be the airport’s busiest to date.

Are you sweeping your loved one off their feet with an overseas trip this Valentine’s Day? Take a look at our pre-holiday checklist to make sure everything runs smoothly!

Is your passport in date? Some countries require a minimum of six months to be left on your passport from date of entry. Check regulations for individual countries at the Foreign and Commonwealth website.

Organise a folder of useful documents. This should include entry visas, boarding pass, hotel confirmation, emergency contactdetails (bank, credit card provider), passport number, travel insurance policy number and driving license, if necessary.

  • Check luggage allowances. These differ between airlines so it’s vital to check to avoid having to pay more upfront. If you do decide you are going to need to take extra luggage, pre-book it in online in advance to keep costs down.

  • Tell your bank that you might be using your debit or credit card abroad. Sudden overseas activity can raise suspicions and could result in your card being stopped without warning.

  • Secure your home. Check doors and windows are locked, cancel any milk or grocery deliveries and ask a trusted neighbour to remove any mail left sticking out from your letterbox.

  • Organise your travel money in advance, as this will save you paying expensive airport rates. Alternatively, take a prepaid card to help you stay on top of your budget whilst overseas.


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