Whether it’s young love or your golden wedding anniversary, a romantic break for two is an ideal way to guarantee some quality time together - something that's vital for a healthy relationship. And though Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays are all opportune occasions to take a romantic break, don’t forget that a surprise trip on a random date can be an even more meaningful and exciting time for both of you. But with so many options for romantic breaks away, how do you start planning?
A few days spent in a vibrant city can do wonders for your love life. Whether you prefer arts and high culture, museums and music, or just exploring the history and architecture of a city, there is a huge choice of exciting places to visit - from New York to Niagara, Santa Barbara to Scottsdale. A city trip also allows you to eat out in style and sample some of the finest cuisine around, not to mention get a taste of the nightlife and dance the evening away in vibrant bars and nightclubs.
Or, if you’re already a city dweller, then perhaps a few days in the peaceful countryside will be more suited to your taste. A stay in a country hotel in a charming rural village will prove to be a relaxing break, allowing you lots of quiet, quality time in which to enjoy each other’s company. By day you’ll be able to take a walk into nature and enjoy the fresh air; while by night, you can go for a meal in a local bar or restaurant, sit by a crackling log fire, and take in the romantic rustic atmosphere.
If you’re less of a culture vulture and more of an adrenaline seeker, than planning an active weekend for two is a great way to get your blood pumping. Why not spend a few days in the great outdoors under canvas, hiking by day and cooking by firelight at night? If you prefer your creature comforts, however, you can try a snow sports or water sports weekend and stay in a luxury hotel, with on-site hot tubs, fine dining and an expert massage to sooth away your aches and pains after your day of exercise.
But, whatever your taste in romantic breaks , you’re sure to find that a little quality time spent with your loved one will do wonders for your relationship.
Andrew Regan is an online, freelance journalist.