Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of this annual celebration of love or you’re a little sceptical about the whole thing, it’s nice to do something to mark the day. You don’t have to walk down a street trying to navigate the crowds holding a life-size stuffed polar bear or order hundreds of pounds worth of chocolates or roses. There are lots of non-slushy ways you can raise a toast to love, including planning a spontaneous getaway. Here are some of the best options to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
A bucket list favourite
If you are big travel fans, and you have wish lists containing destinations you’re desperate to visit, why not use this as inspiration for your romantic trip? You’re guaranteed to choose a place your partner will love, and you can create memories that will last a lifetime. You could visit Iceland or Norway in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights, take a trip to the city of love and see the Eiffel Tower or investigate dolphin spotting tours in Scotland.
A relaxing retreat
Do you wish you had more time to spend together? Is your partner always running around like a headless chicken or have they had a particularly stressful week or month at work? If so, a relaxing retreat could be just the tonic. Spa weekends are ideal for resting and recharging your batteries, and you can usually find some excellent packages around Valentine’s Day. If you’ve only got one night, it’s best to stay in the UK to prevent losing valuable time to travel. The Lake District is a beautifully serene spot to enjoy some pampering and meals with a view while South Wales spa breaks give you the opportunity to unwind with beautiful scenery on your doorstep.
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A snowy sojourn
There’s nothing more romantic than walking through woods lined with snow-covered trees or snuggling up in front of a log fire when it’s snowing outside. If you’re eager to embrace the winter, why not head up to the Highlands or book a mini-break in Norway, Sweden or Finnish Lapland? You can go skiing, take a husky safari or even try ice fishing.
If you don’t have the holiday allowance at work or the money to stretch to a long weekend away, you can always plan a fun day out instead. Go bowling, catch a movie or enjoy a day at the theme park. Go back to where you had our first date or book a table at the restaurant your other half has been talking about for months.
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. If you have a partner, you don’t need to go crazy and spend a fortune to mark the day. But it is nice to spend time together. Even if you only have a day or two to spare, memories are often much valuable than material goods. Hopefully, this guide has given you some inspiration and ideas, and you’ll find the perfect getaway to celebrate.