Planning a romantic getaway can be a challenge, but with a few tips, anyone can plan a beautiful trip for two.
Know Your Partner
The most important step when planning a trip is to know your spouse. While some find a weekend on the beach in Miami to be romantic, others may find a weekend alone in a cabin in the middle of nowhere to be romantic. It is essential that before you start planning your trip you know what would make your partner happy. For those who are in new relationships and may not yet know what their partners may like, there are subtle ways to ask, but it is essential that you find out before you start planning. By ensuring that you have kept your partner in mind, it is more likely that they will enjoy the trip. It is easy to plan a trip you enjoy, but it is usually harder to please your partner.
Have a Budget
Romance does not have to necessarily equate to a large amount of money, but is important that you have a budget in mind and realistic expectations. If you are going to take your partner to New York City for the weekend, then you should know the type of hotel you want to stay in and how much they will cost. Upscale New York City restaurants also tend to be on the high priced side, but if you know what your budget is before going into the weekend, then you should know where the more inexpensive restaurants are. Other details such as transportation, how you and your partner will be getting to your destination, as well as how you will be getting around once you are there, and entertainment are all important to consider. Beach vacations are self explanatory. The beach will be your source of entertainment for the weekend, and you can get a hotel near the beach. Although beach side hotels tend to be more expensive, you might offset the cost by limiting the need for transportation if most of your time is spent on the beach. On the other hand, while those making their romantic getaway to the city may also not have to worry about transportation because of public transportation, entertainment can be expensive. A hot ticket on Broadway can range from $100-$300 per person. If the city is not in your budget, choosing a small bed and breakfast and spending the weekend simply enjoying each other’s company is also a romantic gesture. Bottom line: when deciding where to take your partner, think about your wallet as well.
Don’t Forget About the Small Details
If there is one thing many women will agree on it is that they love when the men in their lives pay attention to the small details. When packing for the weekend, plan ahead and think of what your woman would like to do when you reach your destination. If your spouse likes massages, pack some massage oils and lotions to give her a massage at the hotel. Pack some candles for a romantic evening in, and possibly bring a CD of romantic music you know she would like. If possible, bring a bottle of her favorite wine.
Allow for Flexibility
Although you will have put a great deal of time and effort into planning your weekend away, be flexible and allow you and your spouse to be spontaneous. If you are on your way to dinner and you pass a restaurant your girlfriend would like to try more than the restaurant you planned, try it! If you are on your way to the beach, but your wife suddenly decides she wants to go shopping, go with her! The whole purpose of the weekend is to spend time with each other and to take a break from your everyday lives, so be willing to go with the flow.
The most important thing to remember when planning a romantic getaway it is that objective is to bond and nurture your relationship. Spending quality time with one another is the reason you have decided to go away with each other. Therefore, keep in mind that it does not really matter where you go, as long as you are together.