The Art of the Romantic Getaway Chris Osburn February 9, 2017 Weddings and Romance Love is in the air! And we’re here to help make sure your Valentine’s Day is the best yet. Traveling as a couple offers the chance to discover what makes each of you tick while adding to a reservoir of lifelong happy memories as you experience new and exciting things together. To get you and your special someone heading in the right direction for a most amazing Valentine’s, here are three simple tips to keep in mind for next your romantic break. Maximize Your Time Together Key to planning a successful romantic getaway is making sure you and your sweetheart get to spend as much time together doing things you both mutually enjoy. This might mean setting off on a wilderness hike in Yosemite National Park or making a mad dash for a weekend break in New York. Whatever the case, be sure you plan your getaway intent on the two of you having as much fun with each other as possible. To maximize quality time during a romantic getaway, choose relaxing activities you and your partner can enjoy with each other. Is there a spa nearby where you’ve been meaning to go? Booking a few nights at a relaxing resort might be just the thing to put you both in the mood, and a couples’ massage could prove a wonderful opportunity to relax together. Need more inspiration? How about a cooking class or an overnight foodie pilgrimage to a famous restaurant? Encourage Collaborative Input Gauge your relationship. Do you believe it’s better to spring a surprise or to organize something jointly? Designing a trip away with anyone without keeping that person in the loop can be fraught with missteps. Are you positive your partner doesn’t have obligations that will be hard to get out of? Are you sure she/he will be happily surprised with your choice? Are you even certain your partner isn’t orchestrating a surprise for you? If you are going ahead with a surprise trip, it’s probably wise in most cases to do so with flexible dates in mind or at least asking your said someone to keep certain dates free for going away. Even if you want the trip to be a gift from you to your loved one, it can still be smart to allow some input. You might find out how to make the getaway better and more geared to pleasing your loved one while limiting misunderstanding or ending up going somewhere that neither one of you actually wants to visit. With the right attitude, coming up with a plan as a team might bring the two of you closer – and could be a romantic gesture in and of itself. Maybe you can go to your favorite local Italian restaurant to chat about going on vacation to Italy? Or perhaps you could give a guidebook as a Valentine’s gift with a note explaining how you’d like to create an itinerary jointly. Rekindle Your Romance by Revisiting Somewhere Special Where did you first meet? Where was your first date? Are you married? If so, where did you get engaged and where was your honeymoon? Of course, there’s something to be said for discovering new things as a couple but equally important is remembering the good times you’ve shared already. Planning your romantic getaway around a destination that’s significant to a couple can be a great way to rekindle the romance in an established relationship. Planning ahead for such a trip might include booking the exact table at a restaurant where you shared a special meal or staying in the same suite where you spent your honeymoon. How are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you and your sweetie have a favorite romantic getaway?