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13 truly romantic destinations that might not have crossed your mind.

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When you think of a romantic holiday or your typical honeymoon destination, places like Paris, Venice, or a resort in Fiji or Bali probably come to mind.

Not that there’s anything wrong with those places per se, but what about the roads, and cities, less travelled? You’ll still get the sprawling views, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and envy-inducing Instagram shots, without having to compete with too many tourists.

Instead, let Flight Centre expand your horizons. Their Round the World experts can help you plan and organise a truly memorably holiday for you and your number one, with recommendations and exceptional service throughout. They’ll also always offer you at least two options for airfare, accommodation and holiday packages, all done within 24 hours of your initial enquiry.

Now, you just need to decide where to go. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, consider these 13 destinations that shout ‘romance’ from the rooftops to the treetops.

1. Lisbon, Portugal.

Sure, you know about the cobblestone streets of Paris and the bridges of Florence, but Lisbon, Portugal is often Europe’s forgotten romantic paradise. Start the day with a delicious Portuguese tart and espresso, take a rustic yellow tram around the city, enjoy a late summer dinner to the plaintive tunes of traditional Fado music in the historic Bairro Alto district, or take a sunset stroll along the Port of Lisbon and bask in the sweeping harbour views where the Atlantic meets the River Tagus.

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Lisbon is filled with stunning vantage points. Image: Getty.
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2. South Island, New Zealand.

From making wishes on shooting stars at the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve at the Mt John Observatory, New Zealand is the close-to-home holiday destination that should be on every couple's travel bucket list.

Whether you're cruising on a fiord at Mildford Sound or having an overnight stay at Larnach Castle, you'll want to come back again and again.

Also, did we mention Jacinda Ardern is their Prime Minister?

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The natural beauty of Milford Sound. Image: Getty.

3. Seville, Spain

By all means, do Barcelona and Madrid, but don't forget Seville. The capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville is a melting pot of Gothic and Arabian influences. It's a city for lovers where simply walking down the street is a pleasure.

Take in the city's many cathedrals and stunning architecture during the day but make sure you save your energy for a spot of flamenco dancing. Or you can re-energise with free tapas that come with your cocktail in the city's many bars. Delish.

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Rich with history, Seville is just as beguiling as Barcelona. Image: Getty.
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4. Yukon, Canada

Wake up to frosted mountains, still lakes and the call of birds in your very own cabin in the woods. Located in North West Canada, Yukon is an intimate escape away from the frenetic modern world that will have you spending quality one-on-one time with your partner.

Beautiful all-year-round and home to some stunning sunsets, come in between mid-August to mid-April and you'll hopefully bear witness to the beautiful Northern Lights.

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A digital detox never looked better. Image: Getty.

5. Marseille, France

If you're spending time in France, add on a relaxed trip to Marseille. In the South of France, Marseille combines the charms of both the Côte d’Azur and the Mediterranean, while still being relatively untouched. Spend the day swimming in the many inlet beaches at the Calanques before experiencing the bohemian side of the city in the suburb Le Panier filled with quirky bars and eateries.

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The city is also passionate about pizza and fresh produce, so make sure you make a platter complete with fresh fruits and cheeses for you and your special someone.

Marseille is also just a small bus-ride away from the lavender fields and intimate streets of Aix-en-Provence, which was loved by Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.

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Come to Marseille for the crystal clear waters, stay for the pizza. Image: Getty.

6. Krabi, Thailand

While flocks of tourists head to Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui, take the road less travelled for a wonderful rendezvous in Krabi in Thailand's South. After all, what could be more magical than a leisurely boat ride along the Andaman Sea with nothing but you, turquoise water and the limestone cliffs?

While the province is known for the charming Phi Phi Islands (including Maya Bay, the busy beach where The Beach was filmed), there are actually dozens of small islands which are just as beautiful and less crowded. You'll have more room to do your thing too, whether that's a cosy picnic for two, a spot of kayaking or an adventure day trip.

The flight is just over an hour from Bangkok, so it's easy to get to your beach break after a bustling city jaunt.

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Skip the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and Phuket for this island paradise. Image: Getty.
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7. Amalfi Coast, Italy

We know what you're going to say. Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento are hardly underrated, but there's more to the Amalfi Coast than these three towns. Skip the over-priced and over-crowded tourist haunts for the area's lesser-known regions. Visit the tiny, quaint fishing village of Conca dei Marini where you can swim in the emerald waters of the Grotta dello Smeraldo or stay at a convent-turned-luxury hotel in Monastero Santa Rosa.

You'll soon realise there really is so much more to see.

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Explore the cosy fishing village of Conca dei Marini. Image: Getty.
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8. The Serengeti, Tanzania

There's nothing more awe-inspiring than seeing the world's most majestic animals up close in their natural habitats - and if you can do it with someone special, that's even better.

The Serengeti National Park is considered Tanzania's safari hotspot, where you can see herds of wildebeest, gazelles, elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and more.

To up the ante, time your trip so you can clink a glass of champagne at sunset, or better yet, do it from the skies in a hot air balloon ride.

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It's like The Lion King, but in real life. Image: Getty.

9. Caye Caulker, Belize

A tiny Caribbean island off the coast of Belize, Caye Caulker is a wonder for couples who want a luxurious beach holiday with a bit of nature thrown in for good measure. You'll be spoilt for choice with a wealth of white sand beaches but the island is also home to the stunning Belize Barrier Reef, as well as a mangrove forest and exotic birdlife. Whittle the afternoon away with a tropical cocktail in hand or go for a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving. You could even do both, just maybe not in that order.

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You can almost hear the sound of a ukelele in the background. Image: Getty.
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10. New Orleans, United States

It doesn't matter how much time you spend in New Orleans, you'll leave with a running list of things you want to do next time. It's a city made for night owls with a long list of jazz clubs, burlesque and cabaret bars, Cajun dancing and street markets for you to add to your itinerary. During the day, you can soak up the historic, French Colonial mansions and cottages, while feasting on Creole and Cajun cuisine like jambalaya, gumbo and beignets.

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You'll be inundated with choice in New Orleans. Image: Getty.

11. Mauritius

2000 kilometres off the southeast coast of Africa is the island of Mauritius - a tiny tropical paradise hugged by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. From coral reefs, rainforests, waterfalls, a dormant volcano and so many secluded beaches, there's something for every kind of couple.

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The island is also famous for its rum thanks to its many sugar cane plantations. We'll cheers to that.

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We'll take a pina colada with this view, thanks. Image: Getty.

12. Shanghai, China

Yes, New York and London are great, but Shanghai is a city break with its own world-class charms. Foodie couples will be in heaven with countless options from dumplings, street food and exquisite bar and dining options. You can see the city's colonial history mix with its eclectic culture in the French Concession, while the Bund showcases Shanghai in all its glory as a modern city.

Finish a day of urban exploring (eating or pampering) with a nightcap at Vue Bar for a bird's eye view, 33 floors above the sprawling city.

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Follow up your bike tour of the French Concession with one of the suburbs many boutique cafes and delis. Image: Getty.
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13. Lapland, Finland

Isolated, magical with breathtaking scenery, what could be more lovely than cuddling up with your loved one while you watch the immaculate Northern Lights right above? While you'll have to visit between September to March in order to glimpse the Northern Lights, there's plenty of other activities on offer for couples. Cleanse your body and mind in the sauna or book an overnight stay in a treehouse or glass igloo. It's also just an hour-and-a half's flight from Helsinki.

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Just add a flask of hot chocolate. Image: Getty.

So you've got some inspiration, now it's time to plan. Create your dream romantic getaway with Flight Centre's Round the World experts - they take online queries or you can call them on 1300 550 416.

Which places on this list have you visited? Do you have a romantic place in the world we need to know about? Tell us below.

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