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Planning for Valentine’s Day

Here are a few tips on how to plan a trip for Valentine’s Day without running into a number of snags.A trip away on Valentine’s…

Here are a few tips on how to plan a trip for Valentine’s Day without running into a number of snags.A trip away on Valentine’s Day can be a great gift idea for both you and your partner but it will be most effective if you pay careful attention to the timing of the trip. This is important because work and family obligations can make it extremely difficult for one person to plan even a short getaway without at least some input from their partner. This is especially important if you are planning a trip which is longer than a weekend.

Longer travel vacations

This longer trip will require you and your partner to take time off of work or to make arrangements for someone to take care of their place of residence. However, work is not the only potential complication. Family obligations can also have an impact on the planning. For example, if your partner routinely picks up her niece from school and watches her for a couple of hours, she may need to find a replacement for this family obligation.

These types of scheduling conflicts can be avoided by simply making your partner aware of the plans and soliciting feedback on the proposed dates of the trip to make the planning easier. You don’t have to give away the whole surprise by telling your partner where you will be going but letting her know the dates of the travel will help to avoid problems which could result if you do not consult her beforehand.

Travelling on the day itself

Another thing to consider when planning a trip for Valentine’s Day is whether or not you want to actually be travelling on Valentine’s Day. This becomes especially important if you are planning a trip to a faraway destination. If this is the case, you might want to plan on either leaving after Valentine’s Day or before Valentine’s Day so you can spend the holiday relaxing together instead of travelling. Travel can be very stressful and tiring, so if you want to avoid problems which may result from this, it is a good idea to plan your trip so you will not be travelling on Valentine’s Day.

Travel to locations that suit you both

Finally, when planning a trip for Valentine’s Day, it is very important to make sure you select a location which both you and your partner will really appreciate. There may be a number of activities you enjoy as well as a number of activities your partner enjoys but these activities will not necessarily overlap. However, there are likely to be some activities which you have in common.

It is important to make sure your vacation destination is one which will have plenty of activities for the two of you to enjoy together. For example, you may be really looking forward to a golfing vacation, but if your partner does not play golf, it will result in the two of you spending a great deal of time apart during your vacation. By selecting a vacation where there are activities for the two of you to enjoy together, you will be spending quality time together on your Valentine’s Day vacation. That’s the important part of the trip, being together.

Make sure to have everything organised at home, so there are no wild phone calls needing your immediate attention and you’ll both be able to enjoy a very special weekend with your Valentine.

If you’ve been trying to plan a weekend getaway with your honey and you can’t seem to find the “right” time, take matters into your own hands and plan a Valentine’s Day escape that can’t be resisted. Keep it a surprise. The intrigue makes these plans tough to refuse for your Valentine.

Witness protection

Start the intrigue by sending a note with a rose to set the stage. Here’s an idea: “Sweetie, it has come to my attention that you have witnessed a transaction that could compromise your security. I must take you to a “safe house” for Valentine’s Day to ensure your safety. Wear this rose on your left lapel and be ready for pickup at 6:00 p.m. It’s all for the best. I love you.”

Pack your bags with all the goodies required for the trip:

• “Get Lucky” dice: Pick them up online (see Resources).

• ID bracelet (to identify the witness). Order one from Red Envelope (see Resources) and type in the keyword “ID Bracelet.”

• Sweet dreams set (lavender pillow and sheet spray to relieve stress). Choose from a variety of pillows online.

• Bubble bath and candles (for extra credit). Find unique scents online (see Resources).

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