Whether you’ve been together for four months or four decades, a romantic getaway is an essential ingredient to keep positive energy in your relationship. In the movies, couples drop what they’re doing and fly off to deserted beaches or extravagant cities, but that’s not reality. You know you need to plan, and here are five easy steps to get your romantic getaway off the ground.
Step 1: Save Money
No surprise here. You know you’re going to need to pack away some dough or you won’t be going too far. The easy way to do this is set up a separate account at your bank just for vacation money. Have a certain amount direct deposited from your paycheck. Just remember to leave that money there until vacation time.
Step 2: Coordinate Your Schedules
Most of us have no idea what we’re doing tomorrow if our schedules aren’t synched with our phones, let alone six months into the future. Sit down with your partner and make sure you aren’t scheduling your romantic getaway right in the middle of an important business conference in New York or during a big presentation to the board.
Step 3: Make Your Reservations Early
From hotels to plane tickets, you’re going to find the best rates if you shop early and often. And once you have enough money saved, go ahead and purchase those plane tickets. You’ll be less likely to back out of the trip if you commit some money upfront. You’ll also have more choices of when you want to fly, or what days you can check into your hotel if you look early. Book your reservations before everyone else and you’ll get to personalize your trip even more by choosing when and where you go.
Step 4: Pack in Advance
Even if you plan your romantic getaway months in advance, go ahead and pack. It’ll be a fun activity to do together, it’ll build excitement, and you’ll get good off-season deals on clothes, too! It might be fun to buy each other little surprises to use on the trip – like new sunglasses or sandles for her, or new headphones for him. Find something that your significant other has wanted for a while, or something you think they would like for the trip. These little gifts will make the trip more romantic, plus it is stuff you need to buy anyway.
Step 5: Have Fun!
After all the planning and saving, don’t forget that your romantic getaway is supposed to be fun. Leave the office behind and don’t stress if you’re leaving the kids at Grandma and Grandpa’s. This is your chance to relax and enjoy being in love. Don’t complicate things by worrying about what’s happening back home.
Follow these five easy steps and your romantic getaway’s success is guaranteed. Go have some fun and start talking about next year’s romantic getaway on the plane trip back home.
AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie, a freelance writer who writes for business, finance, women’s interests, and the home niches. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three daughters. Remember that packing little presents for your significant other to open when you arrive to your destination will make the trip even more special and romantic. Really try to be observant and find something they would use both on the trip or at home, like a long handle safety razor for him, or a new bikini or sundress for her.