Valentine’s Day* is your day to make someone feel special. It is all about love. You could stick with the normal Valentine’s Day routine: dinner and a movie with a bouquet of roses and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. However, you can also make it memorable by planning a getaway trip for the weekend with your special someone. After all, it is the perfect time of year for a romantic trip.
If you think this sounds like a great idea, but you aren’t sure of where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips on how to plan a lovely weekend trip for Valentine’s Day.
Choose your Destination
There are several important aspects to choosing your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway destination. After all, this is not the type of trip you want to be spontaneous, close your eyes and point to a destination. Instead, put some thought into your destination and consider these three key factors:
1. Make It A Meaningful Destination
Because you are celebrating the holiday, you want the destination to coincide with its meaning. For example, choose to travel to the first place you met or the first place you kissed. Re-take your honeymoon trip. Plan a trip to a destination that your lover has long been talking about visiting. A random destination won’t work for this holiday so think hard and select a destination that is backed by meaning.
2. Discover Romantic Things to Do
Choosing to take your significant other on a getaway trip for Valentine’s Day is romantic in itself. However, you need to make sure you know what to do when you get there. It would be a bummer for your partner if he or she thinks you have an entire romantic weekend planned and all you did was select the destination without any further thought.
Take the time to explore vacation destinations. Discover romantic restaurants, couple’s fun, and other things to do that will swell the heart of your loved one.
3. Make Sure It’s Possible
A weekend getaway needs to be doable. You don’t need to select a destination that will leave you with more time spent traveling than spent enjoying the new location. Make it convenient, easily accessible, and doable.
It’s tempting to go all-out so be sure you’re able to do everything you plan given your current circumstances.
How will you tell your Valentine that there will be a special trip? If you want to make it romantic, try to avoid just saying, “hey, do you want to go to ____ for the weekend?” It’s a romantic getaway trip – of course, he or she wants to go! Instead, plan the surprise of going along with the sweet trip itself.
- Make it a surprise from the get-go. Ask your lover to pack a bag and get into the car.
- Keep the destination a secret or make it fun by playing a guessing game with clues of where you will be going.
- If the location is nearby, create a scavenger hunt* that allows your significant other to end up at the destination.
Get the Best Deals
Spend some time looking into the options available. For instance, Diamond Resorts offers vacation deals you won’t find anywhere else. These short getaways can include places, such as Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Miami, and so many more. If you are traveling on a budget, this may be your best bet!
Just going away for Valentine’s Day creates a memory, but why not take it to another level? Make your romantic weekend memorable by planning something wonderful. Of course, this will depend on where you are traveling to. But, consider booking experiences, such as:
- taking in a theatrical presentation or a symphonic show.
- touring wineries or chocolate factories.
- have dinner on a yacht at sunset.
- go mountain climbing or hiking.
- book a camping excursion.
- have your hotel room personalized with sweet Valentine’s Day treats ahead of time so you can see his/her surprise upon check-in.
- act like the tourists that you are and take tours of your destination.
- check local romantic happenings in your destination city and consider booking one.
Don’t just visit a new city and do the same boring stuff you would do at home. Make it exciting and make it memorable. The best way to do this is to do something you’ve never done before – and make it good!
Take Your Time
It is important that your weekend be memorable, but it is also important that you take the time to slow down and stay in the moment with your significant other. This is a romantic getaway for two – not for one, while the other takes phone calls, replies to emails, or posts every stop on social media. Put the phone down and hold your partner’s hand.
It doesn’t matter if this is your first trip away together or your fiftieth. You need to make the time to relax, soak in the moment, and remember why you fell in love with each other. Be sure to plan this quiettime into your trip. Find a quiet place with a view to sit together, a perfectly intimate dinner spot, or stay in bed all day together!
Valentine’s Day is a special day for lovers. By planning ahead, doing your research on the meaningful destination, and booking an adventure, you can impress your valentine for years to come. Of course, you may also set the bar higher for next year!
Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to let the one you love know it by planning a perfect and lovely weekend trip for Valentine’s day.
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