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Top Tips For The Perfect Romantic Weekend Getaway

Joanna Hall

For many couples today, taking time off for a romantic getaway isn’t easy. There are so many demands on our time, that finding spare in your schedule to devote to “down time” can be challenging. As we are all in need of a change of pace and scenery occasionally, the perfect solution is a weekend getaway. If you have limited time, however, it’s important to give what you do plenty of thought, and devote time in advance for planning. Here’s our top seven tips which can help. 

Tip 1:  What’s Your Goal? 

One person may want to laze around a hotel pool with a cocktail, while another may want to go out and enjoy the great outdoors. We all have different needs, but before making plans for a romantic getaway, decide what you both want out of so you can make the most of your time together. 

Tip 2:  Avoid Too Much Travel 

A luxury resort on the Great Barrier Reef, or a cottage in the Snowy Mountains may sound idyllic, but if you only have a couple of days you could end up spending most of them in a plane, or on the freeway.  One rule to follow for a short break is to match the number of days you have free, with the number of hours it will take to get to a destination. For example, if you have three days off, then aim to travel no more than three hours. 

Tip 3:  Choose A Location 

Travelling time aside, choosing a location for a couples’ getaway is critical. If your partner is active, for example, a quiet hideaway could be a disaster for him, and if you both enjoy gourmet food, a village with little more than a pub and a fish and chip shop could disappoint. Do your research; choose several destinations, and then see what’s on offer in each one. 

Tip 4:  Choose Your Accommodation 

Your home away from home is also important for romance. Self catering can be fun, but cooking and washing dishes may not be your significant other’s idea of an idyllic getaway. Choosing the right accommodation is also important if you are not planning to do much, or venture too far; a fabulous room complete with a huge bed, a DVD player, and a spa bath could tick all the boxes. 

Tip 5:  Research The Destnation 

Inclement weather can affect plans, so if you are planning outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, walking or hiking, check out what else you can do should rain strike. Other things to enjoy on a romantic break, regardless of what the weather’s doing, include eating out, seeing a movie, and sightseeing, so have alternative plans as a back-up. 

Tip 6:  Pack Accordingly 

It’s great to have plenty of choice when it comes to clothes, shoes and makeup, but taking too many things can end up being a pain. Key things to remember when making choices include the time of year you are travelling, if you will be dining out somewhere special, and any leisure activities you may enjoy such as swimming or sports. Limit yourself to one bag, and remember you never need as much as you think. 

Tip 7:  Organise The Car Beforehand 

If you are going on a road trip, organise your car the day before you head off. Make sure it is clean with a full tank of petrol, the tyres are pumped, and pack sports equipment ahead of time. That way, when the morning comes, you can take off quickly!

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