How to Plan the Best Romantic Getaways
Even if you're not having any problems as a couple, a romantic getaway is like relationship maintenance. You don't wait until your car breaks down to have it serviced. If you and your significant other have been a few thousand miles without any time to relax and enjoy each other, you should consider taking a romantic getaway to keep things running smoothly.
Here's How to Plan the Best Romantic Getaways:
How long are the best romantic getaways?
A romantic getaway can be as long or as short as you have time and money for (well ... it shouldn't be any shorter than one night, of course). Longer isn't necessarily better, as that can interfere with you and your significant other's ability to let go of the outside world and focus on each other. A quick getaway of three or four days means that the office probably won't explode in your absence and you won't break the bank.
Where should we go for the best romantic getaway?
The best romantic getaway destinations don't have to mean anything to either of you. Unlike a normal trip where you probably have an important destination in mind, the only important place to be is with each other. It's a good idea to pick a romantic getaway to a beautiful place; the scenery will help jolt you into the right mood quickly. Here are some ideas: a bed and breakfast in a small town just outside of your city, a hotel or cottage on the nearest nice beach, a quick flight to the closest place where it's warm (best in winter), or a drive to an almost-local scenic landmark like Niagara Falls or Yellowstone National Park. It's important that you pick somewhere close enough that you won't spend half your getaway in transit. Get out into that scenery as quickly as possible and let the romance begin.
What should I bring for the best romantic getaway?
Bring a gift, obviously. One surefire way to make a trip more romantic is to give your significant other something they love -- it makes them feel appreciated. This could be jewelry or a watch, a perfect outfit for your destination (or a swimming suit), His & Hers beach towels or something comparably hokey and fun, or even something a little spicy for the bedroom. If you're on a tight budget, something as simple as your significant other's favorite candy bar for the hotel room can be a delight. Whatever you choose, make it a surprise.
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