How to Plan a Romantic Vacation
They say ‘Go big or go home,’ and a romantic vacation to a far off place, away from the mundane, normalcy of everyday life, is pretty high up on the list of big, grand gestures. Think about it. Wine, long walks at dusk, the magic of a whole new city. Isn’t that the dream?
From rekindling that spark with a sense of adventure to taking your relationship to the next level, a romantic vacation seems like the perfect way to celebrate your epic love story. So, for all the romantics at heart, here are some tips on how to plan a vacation that will make your significant other swoon.
The Dirty Details
Before you can whisk your partner away to the City of Love for candlelight dinners and late-night kisses, there are a few kinks that need to be worked out first (and we aren’t talking about fun kind). There is a lot of planning that goes into putting together a vacation and after all, what could be sexier than a practical discussion about budgets and itineraries?
The first thing on the agenda is to find a time when both you and your partner are free and can spare some time off work. Maybe a long weekend for a trip to somewhere close by, or a week if you want to travel to some place farther away.
When it comes to the destination, you need to decide whether you want to plan a shorter trip close to your hometown or whether you want to take this vacation as an opportunity to also see the world a little bit. Based on where you want to go and how much time you can give, figure out the perfect destination for your romantic getaway.
Once you have a rough idea of where and the when, it is time to factor in your budget for the trip and how much you can afford to spend at the time. Foreign travel can get pretty expensive and if it exceeds your budget, a trip like that may cast a shadow of stress or worry over what was meant to be a romantic break from reality. So, make sure that you plan your vacation within a reasonable and realistic budget.
Reservations for Romance
Though there’s always something thrilling about the spontaneous, spur of the moment decisions, there is a certain romance about the planned ones as well.
Getting dumped with last-minute room, with below average amenities can be quite off-putting. The last thing you’d want on a romantic holiday is to spend it stuck in the room next to crying children and their arguing parents. So, make your reservations well in advance.
Try to plan your romantic vacation in the off season for some peace and quiet. Book that room with the gorgeous view or make reservations at places that are hard to get into. Get your tickets early to make sure that you get to do the things that you want to do.
Plan for the romance and make your reservations accordingly. And well, if it still doesn’t work out, there’s always room for improvisation.
The Little Things
They say that it is the thought that counts and they are quite right. Grand gestures are most often about the little things. When you plan a romantic trip, don’t get caught up in the grand and the fancy. Romance is much more than expensive gifts and luxurious hotels.
Make your trip special by doing the things that both you and your partner enjoy doing. Make room in your itinerary to relax and to enjoy just being with each other.
Go out exploring the unfamiliar terrain. Or turn off your devices and spend all day in bed together, just enjoying each other’s company and making the most of the wonder that is room service. If romance and your relationship are your priorities, then who cares if you miss out on a day of sightseeing and being a tourist?
The important thing when on a romantic vacation is to spend time together; to learn new things about each other and to appreciate what you already know.
The Element of Surprise
Surprises are always a great way to get that romantic spark going, but left untamed there is a chance that it could all come crashing down. So, tread carefully with surprises.
Consider how well you know your partner. Do they enjoy surprises? Is an unplanned trip something that would appreciate and just roll with? And not just your partner. What about you?
There is a lot that goes into planning a trip and all of these minor details and enough to drive a person crazy. Can you handle the planning single-highhandedly- the travel, the tickets, the schedules? Not to mention the stress of actually keeping the secret, coming up with a good cover story and keeping your mouth shut even though you are just dying to spill the beans.
Surprises are great and an uber-romantic gesture. But, if you cannot handle the pressure of keeping the entire trip a surprise, you can always keep just one element of the trip hidden from you significant other. Maybe it is a private dinner at a coveted location or a detour to a place that they have been wanting to visit for ages.
So, if you do want to surprise your partner, all you need is one ace hidden up your sleeve and you’re good to go.
With your destination, budget and itinerary all sorted out, all that is left to do is set the mood. At the end of the day, no matter where you go, the romance resides within you and the location is only the backdrop to your love story. So, don’t worry too much about the planning and the organising. As long as you are with the person you love, everything will work itself out.
Enjoy yourself. Focus on each other and allow yourself to fall deeper in love with the person of your dreams.
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