You’ve got that romantic trip planned. Picked  a cheap hotel that had a decent sized tub and an indoor pool. Babysitters have been arranged and you’re roaring for a great trip. But the thing is, your budget is ultra tight. How to have some romance when you’re worried about cashflow? Here are 10 ways to spice up your romantic trip without breaking the bank – some of them are even free.

  1. Pack your own DIY spa. Massages in the hotel can be pretty expensive unless you’ve flown to southeast Asia. But why not make your own DIY spa kit? Boots has everything you need – just make sure to check any oversized liquids or risk getting them taken from you. And gents, what’s so wrong with some nice bath salts and a soak in the tub?
  2. Explore the local grocery and picnic. Remember when picnics used to be, er, kind of romantic? Bring them back in style and try sampling the local treats as well. (If it rains, camp out in you room, or get wet – why not?)
  3. Plan a day of nothing. Hang the do not disturb sign on your room, unplug the alarm, and plan a day of nothing but you and a special someone between the sheets.  When is the last time you’ve done that? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long.
  4. Walks are free. There’s something special about a stroll, talking and thinking and maybe holding hands if that’s your thing. Whether its a public park, an interesting neighbourhood, along the seashore….
  5. Go to the cinema – like on a date. Another classic thing that we rarely treat ourselves to. Go and hang out at the pictures and see a fun film; and you didn’t hear it from me, but throw some candies and a bottle of water in your bag and skip the overpriced stuff at the cinema itself, though if you can swing it, a large popcorn is certainly a worthwhile indulgence.
  6. Pack some candles. You aren’t normally allowed candles in the hotel room, but you know those fake candles that look dangerously realistic? They pack easy and offer the same ambiance, plus you can re-use them at home.  Lights out please!
  7. Buy postcards and write to… each other. Sure, it’s cheesy, but it can be fun. You can exchange them during the trip, or why not send them home – something to look forward to after your little getaway.
  8. Go to a wine boutique and ask for the house special. A good wine shop will be able to help you find the perfect thing and stick to a budget. And nothing ruins a weekend like cheap wine – you know the kind.
  9. Go shopping and buy something special for each other. Maybe it’s some cheesy souvenirs that aren’t expensive but have some emotional value. Maybe it’s an inexpensive shirt for him, or skirt for her, that you can wear on the trip and think about your relationship.
  10. Create a romantic playlist. Whether you use Spotify (free on laptop), or burn an old fashioned CD with your favourite MP3s, find some tunes to get you in the groove. Romance doesn’t have to be just Sade!

How do you cook up a little romance on your holidays?

Photos by: Christian Stock, Nicola

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

Posted : Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 11:00
Category : Top 10
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