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“The Bachelor”: Dating Show or Travel Brochure?

Roseate Spoonbill flying over the Costa Rican jungle Stock Photo - 12442387Do exotic places inspire the romantic in you? As anyone who has watched ABC’s “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” knows, the “dates” are anything but ordinary. In fact, most of each season takes place outside of the U.S., as the cast travels to exotic locales around the world in search of an intimate connection. This article will highlight some of the more interesting destinations from recent seasons, including spots in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, showing readers how they can attempt to recreate some of the show’s romance.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a fascinating tourist destination in Central America that will make you wish you had a crew of cameramen to document your trip. Get your heart racing with a zip-line trip through the jungle in lush Costa Rica. Ziplines were first created as a tourist attraction in the 1970s and have since become one of the must-dos for vacationers to this small nation. Not only for thrill-seekers, ziplines also showcase the country’s flora and fauna and give you the chance to see ecological and reforestation efforts from a birds-eye view.


Everything is romantic about Anguilla. It’s a British island territory in the Caribbean with only 35 square miles. Unlike some of the more mountainous neighboring islands, like Puerto Rico, Anguilla is a low-lying island made of coral and limestone — this creates the basis for white sand beaches. Beaches and water sports are the main reason to come to Anguilla — well, it’s a tax haven too, but that’s not as romantic — so why not recreate the 15th season of “The Bachelor” with a photo shoot on the beach?

South Africa

Test each other’s courage and get to know your loved one’s fears by swimming with sharks in South Africa. For this adventure, look for one of the services offering shark cage diving or cage snorkeling. You go out on a boat, wait while the crew chums the waters and then get in the cage over the side to watch the sharks eat their meal from only feet away. If you don’t think shark diving is your thing — and other bachelorettes would agree — there’s more to offer lovers in South Africa. Looking at penguins on Boulders Beach in Cape Town is just as exotic, but less frightening.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Skiing in Switzerland is always romantic, but skiing on the Matterhorn has a special ring to it. The snow sports offered on Theodul Glacier’s pistes near Zermatt makes it easy for you to go as soon as you and your sweetie can get away. If you schedule a wintertime visit, you’ll have 350 kilometers of piste to ski. Zermatt is only 10 kilometers from the Italian border, so when you’re done skiing, you can venture over to Italy for a day of food before returning to your Alpine accommodations for the night.

Madrid, Spain

The Spanish capital is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Everyone stays up late, looks fabulous and eats too much. Book into one of the cheap hotels in Madrid, then meander through the old district’s quaint, cobbled streets, enjoying tapas and sangria. Search out a flamenco bar — it’s not quite the right area of Spain to find flamenco, but there are a few — and let the guitar’s rhythm and stomping feet take over your pulse. In the daytime, enjoy a long Spanish meal and pass the afternoon wandering in the city’s royal gardens or through El Prado or another of the city’s museums.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Not exactly off the beaten track, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand is one of the most pristine, exquisite places a traveler can go with his or her loved one. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters and edged with limestone cliffs, and topped by jungle. Take a snorkeling trip to nearby uninhabited islets, share a picnic barbecue at a resort and party on the beach when the sun goes down.


About the Author: Selma Kozel is a reality TV fanatic, a mother of two and a blogger about all things fun and interesting.

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