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TravelHaven Tips — Planning Your Valentine’s Day Getaway

Sure it’s not even New Year’s Day yet, but the most important element of a romantic St. Valentine’s Day trip is planning ahead – and roses, chocolate, and champagne, of course. If you wait until the last minute you run the risk that your chosen destination spot will be all booked up. We’re not talking President’s Day here and you know how fast February 14 will roll around, once 2013 is a reality.

Besides making your plans now, here are a few tips to help you put a big smile on your partner’s face.

Make sure it’s a destination your loved one will really enjoy and appreciate. The beach may be romantic, but not unless she’s really into sand and surf. Maybe a stay at a cozy bed-and-breakfast is more her cup of tea, or a ski weekend. But make sure it’s also something you will enjoy or you’ll be a grouch about it – and there’s nothing romantic about that!

As we said before, book your accommodations weeks ahead. You don’t want to be scrambling around on February 1, trying to find an alternative if your original choice is fully booked or you’re having trouble making travel reservations.

Work on the details. Make sure that car museum he’ll love is open when you’ll be there and pay for any planned activity in advance, if possible. Don’t forget the dinner reservations.

Don’t overschedule. There’s nothing romantic about rushing through every minute of the day and falling into bed because you’re exhausted. Make time to relax and just enjoy each other’s company. Plan a massage or sitting together in a cafe, in a park, or some other quiet spot where you’re visiting. This getaway should bring the two of you closer.

Having all these details worked out will allow you and your loved one to relax and focus your attention on the most important thing – making it a memorable Valentine’s Day for both of you.

If you need some inspiration, you might want to check out these websites:

6 Sunny Spots for a Valentine’s Day Getaway

Affordable Valentine’s Day Getaways

Romantic Getaway Packages at bnbfinder.com

Happy Valentine’s Day!