Oh, the Places We’ll Go

Oh, the Places We’ll Go

Celebrate your relationship milestones with a memorable experience. Trust us—they’ll be remembered far longer than a fancy watch or bottle of perfume.

Million Dollar Highway

Million Dollar Highway

Year 1: To Fill With Stories

As tradition has it, giving a paper present to your partner after spending 365 days together is the romantic, and historically Victorian, way to go. It’s meant to remind you of the delicate, modest beginnings of your relationship and is a symbol of the blank pages you’ll soon fill. Instead of gifting a paper memento, we suggest picking up two journals and setting out on an epic road trip. Pull out the journal every anniversary to reminisce. For road-trip inspiration, consider the North Coast of California, or the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

Year 5: To Keep the Fire Burning

In the past, wooden knickknacks have served as the quinquennial gift of choice. The significance of wood is twofold. It serves as a solid foundation to build your relationship upon, and it also represents the fuel to keep the fire burning. So why not snap some photos among some of the largest, strongest sequoias in the world in the Redwood National Forest in northern California? Here, you’ll find solitude, clarity and a whole lot of jaw-dropping views—a humbling way to wrap up five years.

Courtesy Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

Courtesy Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

Year 10: To Build a Roof

Tin is meant to symbolize the care and maintenance required to keep a relationship strong, even during the stormiest of times. Tin also is used for constructing roofs, and while it may not be the most ideal material to use when it comes to building a home, a tin roofed cabin makes for a pretty romantic getaway. Nestled in the lush tropical rainforest of St. Croix, the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa’s personal studios with vaulted roofs should do the trick when it comes to celebrating your 10th anniversary.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Year 25: To Mirror Love

The historic nature of gifting something silver to a significant other dates back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary. Instead of reverting to ancient times, we suggest taking a trip to the country that does silver best. Mexico is the perfect place to celebrate the big two-five, and it’s bursting with opportunities to find genuine, hand-crafted silver jewelry. Stay in the idyllic town of Sayulita, just outside of Puerto Vallarta. The area is surrounded by mines and offers unique, hand-crafted silver designs.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Year 50: To Keep Chasing the Sun

Often called the golden anniversary, it comes as no surprise that gold is the traditional token of appreciation for this pillar. Instead of giving gold jewelry, celebrate in a big way by visiting the Gold Coast— Queensland, Australia. Golden beaches and sunsets will provide all the symbolism you’ll need as you traipse through the many tropical national parks, dine in style at luxurious restaurants and toast your way through the sparkling and vibrant downtown.

Ali Coates

Ali Coates is a Contributing Writer for Here & Beyond. With a love of pop culture, music and fashion, Ali started writing for various publications while studying journalism, advertising and public relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Originally from the upper peninsula of Michigan, she loves the great outdoors and takes advantage of traveling to new places to hike and explore whenever she can. She has visited Riviera Maya and the U.S. Virgin Islands and can’t wait to get some more destinations under her belt.