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Romantic Getaways: Planning the Perfect Trip

May 25, 2009

romantic-getaway There’s nothing better than going on romantic getaways to reconnect with your partner and spend some quality time together away from the daily stresses and distractions of home. If you’ve been feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, or like you and your partner might need a break together, planning an inexpensive romantic weekend vacation might just be what you need. Below are some of our best tips for planning everything from choosing a destination, travel arrangements, and what to pack.

Where Should We Go?

There are all types of different romantic destinations for every personality and couple to enjoy together. From a quiet retreat in the mountains to a relaxing day at the beach – many couples can even have fun together in a high paced city. Choosing the destination is probably one of the most vital steps in planning a romantic getaway. Choosing the wrong place can lead to a lot of frustration or dissatsifaction with the service or facilities that can put a damper on the romance. You’ll also want to consider the distance you’ll need to travel to reach your destination. You might be content with a short trip just a few hours away, others might really want to get away from it all and travel to an exotic location or out of the country.

Below are some ideas for places to go for your romantic weekend getaways:

1. The Beach: If you’re craving sand and water, the beach is one of the best places for long romantic walks, sunsets, and more. There are hundreds of beaches, some in tropical locations, others in colder climates, some do not border the ocean but instead a large lake, such as Lake Erie or Lake Michigan.

2. The Mountains: If you and your partner are a lover of nature and the outdoors, you may instead enjoy a romantic retreat in the mountains. You can snuggle up in a cabin with a roaring fire, go on a hiking trip, or even try your hand at white water rafting.

3. The Big City: For couples who love action and city living, visiting a new and busy city together can be a fun trip. You can visit cultural hot spots such as museums, dine in a fancy restuarant, stay in a luxurious hotel, check out the nightlife, and more.

4. Bed and Breakfast: If you’re more of a laid back, small town kind of person you may enjoy staying at a bed and breakfast. Bed and breakfasts offer a cozy, often Victorian feel nestled in the country or a relaxing setting. Many offer different activities such as horse back riding or historical tours.

5. Romantic Spas: A romantic spa vacation can be another fun choice where both you and your partner can be pampered. Learn how to give each other massages, relax in the sauna or hot tub, and feeling special together can be a great way to reconnect your relationship.

6. Camping Trip: A romantic camping trip is one of the best inexpensive romantic getaway ideas if the two of you enjoy camping. Build a campfire together, snuggle up in that tent, and roast some s’mores.

How Will We Get There?

Half the fun of going away on romantic getaways is traveling to your desitination. Whether your decide to go on a romantic road trip by car, take an airplane, bus, or ferry there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the getting there as much as the destination. Take it as an opportunity to talk about things you wouldn’t normally talk about (see our post on conversation starters) or listen to some of your favorite love songs together. No matter how you get there, being together and enjoying each other’s company is the most important part.

What to Do Once We Get There?

Once you arrive at your destination, there will likely be some basic things to do such as unpacking or getting settled in. Being organized can help you make this as stress free as possible. Most places will have plenty of activities to do, anything from swimming, taking a relaxing bubble bath together, a long romantic walk, or visiting the sites and attractions. You may also want to bring along some games or movies to watch together.

What Should We Bring?

Beyond the basic necessities of clothes, personal care items, any equipment you might need for things like camping, etc, you can bring along a few extra things to make the trip extra romantic. Below are some ideas for things you might want to consider:

  • CD or MP3 Player of Love Songs
  • Candles (Just make sure they’re allowed where you are staying and you practice candle safety!)
  • Bubble Bath
  • Massage Oil
  • Romantic Games
  • Camera for photos
  • Journal or Notebook
  • A Sexy Surprise (special outfit, gift, etc.)
  • Romantic Snacks
  • Bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider

With a little careful planning and taking into consideration what you and your partner both like and need to relax, you’ll be sure to have a memorable and fantastic time together. Have any other ideas for romantic getaways? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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