When it comes to planning a trip for you and your special someone, it can sometimes feel a bit intimidating trying to make sure you get everything just right. How do you determine the location of your romantic weekend? Do you fill every moment with adventures and excursions or leave your schedule open to see what happens? You want to make sure everything goes perfectly, so let us help you out. Take a look at our top tips for planning a romantic getaway!
With so many beautiful, romantic destinations, it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to choose one for your special trip. Take a moment and consider a few factors. What is your budget? How is the weather? What do you and your significant other enjoy doing together?
If you’re trying to be frugal, consider a staycation at an Airbnb and explore the city as tourists. If it’s getting chilly and you are longing for some sunshine, consider taking a trip somewhere warm and exotic, such as a beach trip on the west coast or an excursion in Brazil. If you are both avid hikers and lovers of the outdoors, consider checking out some hotels near Zion National Park and plan a few days inside the park.
For some people, they hear “romantic getaway” and envision a couple days full of exciting adventures, discovering an exciting new place, and a whole lot of walking. Other people think of sleeping in and booking a couple’s massage. Make sure you are both on the same page in terms of what to expect on the trip. Consult with each other to determine how you can plan out your trip so you can both enjoy it. Unless it’s a surprise, in which case you could talk with a family member or close friend to get an idea of what your partner would like.
Once you have an idea of what the expectations are for the trip, do some research into what activities are available. You want it to be enjoyable for both of you, so while you might enjoy a day full of sightseeing, your partner might prefer to visit a nearby museum. Don’t feel like you have to fill every moment either! Giving yourself some free time in the mornings and evenings to relax and recuperate can provide the perfect balance for your trip.
You might also want to take into consideration the time of year you will be taking your romantic trip. Holidays can make many destinations pretty crowded, as can warm weather. Scheduling your getaway during the off-season is likely to provide smaller crowds and give you the opportunity to explore more freely.
Perhaps one of the oldest tips in the book is to talk to the locals about where to go, what to eat, and what to do during your stay. Sure, the tourist destinations and exciting sights are worth the trip. But chatting it up with some of the local residents can give you insight into opportunities and experiences that you probably wouldn’t know about otherwise. They can point out all of the best “hole-in-the-wall” food spots, and at the very least can give you easy-to-follow directions if you get lost.
Sometimes the most romantic gestures are not the most elaborate. Show your affection for your significant other in small ways to take your getaway to the next level. Get some greeting cards and write little notes for them, and then hide the cards in various places throughout the vacation for them to find. Talk to the concierge at your hotel or resort and see what can be done in terms of floral arrangements or chocolates, and above all, make it a point to disconnect from technology. Turning your attention from your phone to your partner will perhaps be one of the most meaningful parts of the trip.