We all love the idea of a romantic getaway. Only you and your partner without the stresses and strains of the modern world. Yet, the idea of such bliss can turn a little sour if the right planning isn’t put into it. We run down a few hints and tips to get the most out of your trip away. So without further ado, here are your tips to plan a romance break.
There is little point in going away together without organizing it together. That’s part of the fun, unless it’s a surprise occasion but that’s a different ballpark. Sit together and write down your favourite destinations. Make a bucket list of vacation activities. Where is it that you’d both like to visit? What sort of holidays do you both like? Plan out an itinerary that has things you both wish to do. Not only is this a great way of planning a trip, it’s a great way to find out more about your partner.
Organise to travel in the off season
Want to kill a romantic getaway mood? Then head towards huge crowds, packed transport, high costs and poor service as a result. If it’s achievable it can be a little more relaxing and easier on the wallet to stay away from peak periods. If that’s not a possibility then look for a nearby destination that you can visit on a weekend.
- Keep away from them little ‘uns
If other people’s children are screaming and shouting in your vicinity they can certainly dampen a mood. And whilst yours are of course your entire world, it’s sometimes nice to have time dedicated to the both of you. So get the babysitter sorted and relax in one another’s company.
Sort the money before
Money can be a stressful topic for everyone. With this in mind it’s important to set your budgets together. Is one person paying more money? Is that a fair and agreed amount? How much together can you afford? Plan a tally for small amounts that can add up and surprise you. Tips, pre-dinner drinks and afternoon snacks can all add hundreds to the bill. If these items aren’t considered, you’ll be stressing about spending too much money. A sure path to arguments.
Plan for some room time
Yes it is important to explore, but remember the trip is about your relationship. Nurture that by spending time in the bedroom. Remove distractions and be happy in one another’s company. Oh and one final point, turn the Wi-Fi and TV off.
Keep it a secret
Run away and don’t tell anyone. It’s the idyllic concept born from novels and movies, but is it ever a good idea? Of course! Safety reasons aside (you should always tell someone if you’re going out into the wilderness camping or some similar activity). There’s something wonderful about being together with nobody else knowing. Make sure you cover all your commitments beforehand and return when you say you will!
It should be short and sweet, with a little spontaneity
Add some surprises for your other half whilst you’re away. And don’t book your trip too far in advance. The excitement and intrigue will start to diminish if you’re having to wait 12 months to hit the road. Annual holidays and lifetime experiences should be booked in way out in advance and planned to the letter. Romantic breaks should happen on a whim and only last a couple of days for maximum romance!
Room service. It’s there for a reason
Don’t get out of bed. Stay in and order breakfast to come to you. In the evening get a bottle of champagne and a cooler. When you’re out for dinner, ask the hotel if they offer a turn down service.
Drink and be merry
Opportunities when there’s no work in the morning are few and far between. Take advantage of the break from work and get silly with one another.
- Stay away from the cliché couples events.
Seeing a movie, going bowling? Sure you might like to do these things whilst at home – but you’re away remember. Do something totally unique!
Don’t feel the pressure that you have to pack your day with activities because you’re on holiday. This is about you both, focusing on one another. Enjoy each other’s company and relax together.
Bring a camera
Capture the memories. Photograph one another. Document your travels and create a sketchbook. Print out photographs when you return home to create a keepsake in this digital world.
Don’t go anywhere too familiar
We all like to explore new places and new experiences. Go somewhere neither of you have ever been before. Make new stories.
Yet don’t go anywhere too unfamiliar (It’s a fine line!)
Whilst there’s a lot to be said to visiting somewhere new, there’s also something to be said about somewhere extremely unique. You’ll likely feel somewhat anxious by your new, unfamiliar surroundings and that’s always a mood killer.
Limit the planes, trains and automobiles time
Nobody likes to have a relaxing trip begin with 12 hours on a plane or a 6 hour car journey. It’s tiring, stressful and a recipe for arguments. Traveling is usually irritating, so reduce your time doing it.
Plan ahead, but leave the clipboard
It’s important to have a basic understanding of where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. It creates a smoother experience. Plus it gives you the attractiveness of being confident and organized. But don’t let the whole experience become too rigid. Nobody wants to run around, rushing through activities so that you can attend the next.
We know what happens here – too much luggage, not enough days to use what you’ve bought along! Save yourself the hassle of carry too many items around, or having to unpack your suitcase at the airport. If you insist in carrying your own toiletries, at least make sure you tip hotel staff to help you with your luggage.
Take a break from one another
In a new city and want to explore, or wish to hit the beach whilst the other wants to get out on the surf board? Let it happen, go your separate ways for a few hours. Do what you love as an individual. It will make the dinner conversation flow better.
Do something out of your comfort zones
You know the saying, extreme experiences make one another closer. We’re not saying go and do anything potentially life threatening, but adding a little adrenaline in to the mix is a fantastic thing to do as a couple. Sure, it may be scary or exhilarating at first, but its guaranteed to make a great story that you’ll look back on and laugh about later.
Relax and have fun
Most importantly, don’t pressure your time away with an inherent need to have fun. Relax in one another’s company and the fun and romance will follow.