Are you thinking of taking a short trip with your partner? Every couple needs some time together, whether you are still in the honeymoon period or have been married for years. The variety of destinations for weekends away mean you can spend as much or as little as you like. From luxurious tropical holidays to local bed and breakfasts, there are many places to choose from. To help you with your early stages of planning, here are my top four romantic ideas for a weekend away.
- Middle-eastern city breaks
It may seem like a far-off destination, but some cities in the Middle East are close enough for a four-day holiday over a long weekend. Take Dubai for example: http://www.best10travel.com/10-reasons-to-visit-dubai/.The 21st century meets ancient traditions and architecture in this metropolitan city. The warm weather and many different activities available will keep your mind off any jet lag you might have! From boutique shopping to adventurous water skiing, both of you will find so much to do. It’s also the perfect destination if you just want to relax in a chic spa or a hip bar and restaurant. Dubai holidays don’t come cheap, so this is one destination to save for a special occasion!
- European weekends
Europe has so many vibrant cities; it can be difficult to choose just one! Opt for a vibrant capital city like Rome or Berlin, or spend the weekend relaxing in a rural retreat, like these ones: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/mar/15/spain-cottage-hotels-self-catering-accommodation. There are different climates to choose from too. If you want strips of sandy beaches, think about Portugal. For snow and skiing, take a look at ski resorts in the Alps. To experience a romantic time away, though, there’s one European city that offers heaps of romance – Paris!
- Quirky hotels
If you don’t want to leave the country, plan a staycation: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/staycation. It’s not as boring as it sounds! I bet there are loads of areas and regions you’ve never visited before. If you’re still wondering why I’m mentioning staycations, there is one more excellent reason – quirky hotels! There are a few hotels around that offer themed rooms, which can be a good laugh for you and your partner. Staying in a specially themed room can even add some spice to your love life! Some hotels give away stays for free. Keep checking websites to see if the hotel you want to stay at ever offers competitions or deals. Here’s one I found the other day: http://www.flowersforeveryone.com.au/love-cave/
- Relax at home
If you’re struggling to budget for holiday money, here’s my top tip. Pack the kids off on a sleepover or send them to their grandparents’ for the night and plan a romantic evening at home with your partner. Buy a fancy bottle of wine and cook a delicious meal together. Here’s some inspiration: https://www.womanofstyleandsubstance.com/delicious-cuisines-that-you-must-try/. Once you’ve eaten, you can spend the evening on the sofa in front of your favourite movie! Why not top the weekend off with breakfast in bed the next day?!
Enjoy your time together with your partner – and don’t forget to send me a postcard!