How to plan the perfect couple's getaway
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Family life is a combination of hectic chaos, attempts to stick to a routine and a lot of love. But sometimes, you need a bit of grown-up time with your partner to catch your breath and relax before the next round!
Going on a couple’s getaway is the perfect chance to reconnect away from the stresses and strains of day to day life. Whether you go on a wild trip abroad, book a hotel or find a B&B not too far away, balancing good value with romance and relaxation is vital.
So, now that you’ve sorted out the school essentials, it’s time to turn your attention back to mum and dad. Get a babysitter booked in for a few days well in advance and start planning your trip.
Plan Around a Good Deal
There are all sorts of great deals around and you can even find some incredible business class flight deals if you want to inject a bit of luxury into your travels. The best deals are often last minute so if you are feeling quite flexible about where you want to go, it might be worth waiting before you book anything. Similarly, there are all sorts of good deals on couples retreat holidays at spa resorts that could be of interest.
Bear in mind that as you are going without the kids, you will probably get a better deal outside school holidays. Lots of resorts are closing during September and October too so you might find a good deal, though you should be aware that many shops and restaurants will have closed.
The benefits of planning around a deal aren’t just in saving money, though. When you get a good deal, you don’t need to worry so much about making the most of your holiday and you won’t feel panicked about how you are going to pay later on. Equally, you might find yourself drawn to doing something completely different and broadening your horizons.
Explore New Things Together
A big part of the joy of travelling is discovering new places, people and cultures. Sharing this discovery is a brilliant way to make memories you can treasure forever. It’s also a chance to find a new type of romance away from your day to day life where you can just be you. Besides, without the kids in tow, you actually do what you want to do, not what family harmony dictates!
Naturally, some cities are regarded as more romantic than others, so this might influence where you choose to go and what you want to do. Cities like Paris, Rome and Bruges are always popular with romantic getaway couples and since they aren’t far away, you can easily go for a long weekend. Make the most of the cultural activities available and get a feel for the city.
While you are away, you should definitely take advantage of the local food. Even if you are staying in the UK, the number of local dishes is astonishing and there’s always something at a local farmer’s market to try. Eating and sharing food is a sensual way to bond and the romantic meal is still one of the most popular first dates. The more you can save on activities, the more you can spend on deliciousness!
Focus on Free Fun
Free fun should always be high on your agenda as a parent but when you spend so much time entertaining the kids, its easy to forget how many free activities adults can enjoy. You might not have been dating for a while but any free date idea can work on holiday. Going for a long walk with a picnic, exploring free exhibitions at art galleries and museums and lying by the pool or sea will all make for good holiday activities.
When you choose free activities, you often give yourselves more time to actually talk to each other. Focusing on your relationship rather than distracting yourselves with expensive activities gives you the most valuable asset in the world: time to yourselves. So, while big, expensive gestures can be romantic, consider the smaller romantic gestures that show you really care.
Of course, there’s also plenty of fun to be had without leaving your hotel room at all…
The perfect couple’s getaway is about reconnecting with each other and spending quality time together. You don’t need to spend a fortune or go particularly far away, just do something different enough to give you a chance to be yourself, discover new things and make memories you can cherish for the rest of your days together.
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