A vacation with your partner can be a great time to breathe new life into the relationship by creating new memories, sharing exciting new experiences, and turning up the romance. While some spontaneity is great, it’s also crucial to think carefully through the details to ensure your trip goes smoothly.
The more planning you do, the less stress (and arguing!) you’ll face during the vacation. Working with a travel agency like DSA Vacations, which specializes in tailor-made vacation packages to Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond, can be a great way to alleviate that stress and ensure that every detail of the trip fits your needs.
So, once you’ve decided it’s time for you and your partner to go away together, here’s how to plan the perfect romantic getaway.
Sit down with your partner and discuss the top destinations each of you have always wanted to visit. Research the destinations and find out what seems particularly romantic to both of you. Make sure you find a destination you’re both really excited about.
Not only will this ensure you’re both happy with where you stay and what you do, but planning together will help you bond in the months and weeks leading up to the trip. Be willing to compromise to make sure you both fit in your favorite activities — or even combine them. If you’re especially into fitness and your partner’s all about craft beer, for example, take the time to find a brewery you can bike to.
For many people, one of the most stressful parts of traveling is budgeting. Take time to discuss your budget for flights, hotels, meals, and activities, and make sure you’re on the same page so you don’t end up arguing about money during the trip. For couples whose finances are separate, it can help to determine who pays for what — perhaps you cover meals and your partner covers transportation and activities — so you don’t have to stress when you’re out and about enjoying the trip.
While it’s important to plan the major details together and make sure you’re both excited about the trip, the key to a romantic getaway is leaving a little room for surprises. Take the time to plan something that you know your partner will love, whether it’s a cooking class to learn how to make their favorite dish, a special bottle of their favorite wine waiting in the room on your first night, or even just a foot rub after a long day of walking around your destination.