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Have Love, Will Travel

If you’re an old hand at romantic getaways and love has blossomed every time, then read no further. But if you’re a rookie romantic or if you’re just looking for some tips on how to holiday with your honey, the following advice might prove helpful.

Plan, plan, plan. And then plan some more.
If you’re new at this, find out beforehand what your significant other likes to do on vacation and plan accordingly. If you’re polar opposites when it comes to activities, plan time to do things that suit you both. But be open minded. You never know — you may discover a whole new hobby or passion that brings you even closer to your flame.

Don’t skimp on the hotel.
More than a vacation, the romantic getaway is best experienced with all the available amenities and indulgences. In other words, this is no time to be cheap, so pay that little bit extra for the sea-view room with a balcony overlooking the beach in Tahiti or for the snow-view suite with its own private Jacuzzi in Coeur d’Alene. A penny saved, in this case, can earn you pounds of grief from your lover.

Choose the shortest possible plane trip.
When considering flights, look for the shortest duration between home and your final destination. You don’t want to get stuck for hours at Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago O’Hare or any other (incredibly boring) international hub airport. Also be sure to choose departure times that avoid long lines at airports.

Remember: Your romantic getaway starts the minute you leave the house.
Consider taking a limo to the airport to avoid traffic and parking hassles. If you’re flying a no-frills airline — and isn’t that just about everyone these days? — pack pillows and a small blanket in your carry-on luggage so you can cozy up on the plane. And bring snacks; long and arduous plane rides tend to work up the appetite. Dark chocolate is always nice.

Once you make it to the resort, take advantage of the romantic amenities.
Avail yourself of remote-location candlelight dining for two at dreamy spots — beaches, gardens and the like. Also ask about day trips for two to a secluded spot such as a private island or mountain cabin, where the only footprints in the sand (or snow) will be yours. Check if the resort spa offers couple’s massage or other treatments for two — these romantic rituals are often followed by several hours of “rest and relaxation” time in a private spa suite with oversized bathtub, rainshower and oversized day bed (hint, hint). Finally, ask the concierge for recommendations on cool local dining or drinking spots, or for flowers and chocolates to be delivered to your room.

Joe Yogerst, Brand Publishing Writer

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