One day you get married, and then poof! Before you know it, you spent the last 50 years in a fairytale with your sweetheart. But how do you want to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary? After all, anniversary gifts can be tricky, and you want something world-class to celebrate your love.

The first consideration for a golden anniversary trip is how active you can or want to be. The answer will naturally lead to correspondingly appropriate destinations. For active trips, pick a spot to snorkel or kayak. For a quiet, slow-paced anniversary getaway, choose a restful setting, such as a river cruise or a spa resort. For a mixture of activity and rest, select a place offering a variety of attractions the two of you will enjoy. Here’s a list of some anniversary trip ideas in beautiful places around the world to get your itinerary started.

Belizean Shores Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America

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Belizean Shores Resort is an idyllic tropical island destination complete with white sandy beaches, ocean views and coconut palms. There are many different types of activities for all types of travelers. You can snorkel or scuba dive in the Caribbean or take a leisurely cave tubing tour. If you want to go exploring with your love for your anniversary celebration, consider exploring the nearby Mayan temples of Xunantunich and Lamanai. For nature lovers, don't forget to check out 200 species of birds in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park or tour Port of Honduras Marine Reserve, where seven jungle rivers meet the sea amid 135 landless mangrove islands. Those simply looking to relax and reflect on the last 50 years can simply relax by the swimming pool or on the beautiful beaches.

Boulder Brook on Fall River, Estes Park, Colorado

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Who said you had to go to a beach for a romantic vacation? A more approachable weekend getaway for U.S. readers is Boulder Brook in beautiful Colorado. Boulder Brook is a small lodge surrounded by tall pines that is on the tumbling waters of Fall River. Each room has river vistas, a fireplace and jet tubs for further relaxation. At dusk you might see an abundance of wildlife wander by while you sit on the deck or relax in the outdoor hot tub. Wildlife watching is a favorite pastime at Boulder Brook, yet you are less than five minutes from bustling Estes Park’s shops and attractions. In Estes Park, you’ll find art galleries, ski schools, distilleries and wineries for wine tasting and two golf courses. The resort is located two miles from the stunning Rocky Mountain National Park, so there’s over 355 miles of biking and hiking trails nearby for lovebirds to explore.

Hotel California, Paris, France

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Consider visiting Paris if you are looking for a classic idea for a lovely anniversary vacation. Check in to the cozy Hotel California, which is situated two blocks from Champs Elysees. Paris is the city of love, so there will be an endless array of activities to make your romantic getaway special. If you want to go check out more of Paris, you can always grab a taxi or bus to the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde or Louvre Museum. If you want to travel like the locals, the Georges V Metro station is only a leisurely 10-minute walk from the hotel’s front door. If you don't want to go too far, the 1925 era hotel also features an extensive collection in its diminutive art gallery.


TRAVEL TIPS: Can’t afford to go far from home? Take a road trip somewhere close to home with your spouse to mark your special occasion. You can eat dinner at a romantic Italian restaurant and do some bucket list things around your hometown.