How to Make the Most of Your Romantic Getaway
When you’ve spent hours planning the perfect romantic getaway, you want to get the most out of every moment. That’s why we’ve collated 5 inspiring tips for you.
In a world where time is our most precious commodity, we want every moment with our loved ones to count. When you’ve spent hours planning the perfect romantic getaway, you want to get the most out of every moment.
That’s why we’ve collated 5 inspiring tips to help you make the most of your romantic getaway.
Make a Romantic Gesture
There’s nothing like the element of surprise to light a spark in any relationship, so why not set the mood for your vacation with an unexpected romantic gesture? Whilst the conventional rose petals and champagne in the room are always a classic standby (and there’s nothing wrong with time-honoured romance!) there’s more than one way to plan a romantic surprise.
Why not take a romantic sunset walk on the beach – with an impromptu glass of wine on a picnic blanket? Plan a surprise activity during your trip that your partner will love. You could even hide an unexpected gift in your partner’s suitcase for them to unpack when they arrive: anything from a little love note to some favourite chocolates, or something new to wear on holiday.
Don’t forget, the staff are on your side! Hotel staff will be more than happy to help to make your stay as romantic as possible, be it a candle-lit dinner in the restaurant, or even offering the whole spa area for your private use. There are so many possibilities to add a little romance to your day – your imagination is the limit!
Make Space for Private Moments
Making space for private moments means being prepared to ditch the bucket list and the A-list spots in favour of finding cosy hidden corners away from the throngs of tourists. Prioritising private moments means getting off the main thoroughfare, away from the well-beaten tourist track, and taking a drive through country roads, exploring the side streets and getting up early for the sunrise.
It’s difficult to share an intimate moment when you’re navigating the crowds, queuing for an entry ticket, or fighting for a spot on public transport, so be prepared to give the main tourist attractions a miss on your romantic getaway, unless its low season or early morning. If you want to visit the sights without the crowds, aim to be there just at opening time on weekday mornings, before the tour buses arrive.
Remember that the more effort it takes to get there, the less people will make it, so check your guidebook, or ask locals for scenic spots and beaches that can only be reached on foot (or even by boat)! Walking and kayaking are a wonderful way to discover your own special places and hidden gems whilst enjoying the stillness and serenity of nature.
Make Moments to Remember
Experiential travel was trending in 2016 and is set to be on the increase again next year, and that’s because our experiences leave deeper, longer lasting emotional memories than simply ticking off a box on our bucket list. Making those memories together with your partner is the key to building your relationship and creating moments you will treasure for years to come.
Plan to do a new activity that neither of you has tried before and bring a little adventure into your holiday plans. It needn’t be a tandem bungee jump or cave diving – though both of those would certainly fit the bill! – but something as simple as taking a local cookery class, learning to sail, hiring a tandem bicycle to cycle through town, or exploring an unlit cave could be a new experience that creates unique memories and a special bond.
Make it Exclusive
It may feel like a form of dismemberment, but your partner does not want to share a romantic holiday with you and your smartphone. Make it exclusive. Make it about quality time together.
Writing for Business Collective, John Rampton advises banning your smartphone from dates and setting it aside for designated days when you’re on vacation. “It’s been the most difficult thing I’ve had to do”, he admits, but your loved ones deserve your full attention, that’s what makes time together quality time.
If your job or family situation simply don’t allow you to go fully offline, you can still take steps to give you and your loved one some privacy. Ensure that you’ve dealt with or delegated everything that needs to be done before you leave.
As an executive interviewed by Harvard Business Review points out, “There is a difference between being truly important and just not letting anyone around you do anything without you.”
You can nominate a person of trust as a go-between to decide when information really needs to be sent to you, instead of answering just anyone’s call. Turn off push e-mail notifications to your phone, or set a designated time of day to check your mails and stick to it.
You’ve come this far to spend quality time with each other. Make it count by making it exclusive.
Make it Last
Your romantic getaway itself may only be for a weekend, or 10 days, but the memories you make can and deserve to last for decades. With cameras installed on a wide range of our portable electronic devices, there’s no excuse not to take some holiday snaps, and with apps like Snapchat and Instagram, more of us than ever are sharing our special moments.
But the problem with our modern photo-sharing platforms is that they’re designed to be ephemeral. Snapchat photos self-destruct within seconds of being viewed, whilst Instagram pics are soon buried under the next wall of tweets and Facebook postings, and all too often, our digital photos are left to linger on a hard drive, never to be viewed again.
It can be hard to find time to go through photos together once “real life” restarts after a holiday, so why not make use of those precious hours together on the plane to go through some photos, reminisce, and think about which holiday snaps are real keepers. It’s never been easier to turn your photos into tangible mementos of your trips. Besides the more conventional photo album or calendar, a range of online providers can take your photos and turn them into anything from canvas prints and dinner table coasters to oil paintings and wall tiles. There’s even a new app letting you turn your Instagram snaps into nail art!
Decorate your home with memories of your romantic getaway, or turn your photos into a special gift for your next night out together. All those wonderful memories will come flooding back, and as you head home from your holiday with your next romantic surprise in mind, you can already look forward to your next date with your loved one.
A passionate traveller, linguist and writer, Sarah has visited over 20 countries around the globe. She loves immersing herself in new cultures, learning the language, and getting to know the local people.