Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s really nothing quite like stealing away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with your significant other to spend some quality time together. Here are a few tips to help ensure your romantic getaway is as lovely and stress-free as possible:
- Do Your Research
Before choosing your destination and time frame be sure to do your research. Depending on what you’re looking for, the vibes of many destinations change drastically throughout different parts of the year. Prices for airfare and lodging vary accordingly as well. You wouldn’t want to end up in Miami during spring break for what you anticipated to be a low-key romantic rendezvous or have your heart set on visiting Las Vegas when all of the hotels are booked for a technology conference.
- Set a Budget
Money can be a significant cause of stress for couples, so set your budget early on in the planning stages and stick to it. Search travel sites for deals on all-inclusive packages and set alerts for your target airfare price. Also be sure to factor in some money for surprise costs: a flat tire on the rental car or a new umbrella during an unexpected torrential downpour.
- Don’t Be Too Rigid
While research, planning, and budgeting can alleviate some of the anxiety of traveling, being too rigid in your itinerary can also backfire. Leave some unscheduled time in your agenda to follow up on that restaurant the waitress said was her favorite or to take a much-needed nap after a day spent on a scenic hike. You probably won’t be able to see and do everything on your list, but a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) can lead to focusing on what you’re missing instead of enjoying what you’re doing in the present.
- Compromise and Communicate
If you want to spend the day getting pampered, but your significant other wants to sail on the open seas, you’re both going to have to learn how to compromise. It’s a big part of any relationship, and communication definitely comes in handy while planning a romantic getaway. Make sure you and your partner discuss what you each feel are site-specific opportunities and have to be visited on the trip, in relation to things you want to do, but could also probably experience somewhere else.