Guest post: A realist’s guide to enjoying a romantic holiday

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Any getaway to a faraway place is something to get excited about. The new cultures, the chance to go on a plethora of adventures, the delicious array of foods, the sights and sounds that assault your senses, the dreamy weather, and the chance to eat and drink a little too much… Yeah, nothing beats the chance to skip abroad, except the chance to run off on a romantic break that is.

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It doesn’t matter what stage of your relationship you are in, going away on a romantic break is such a special time for any couple. It could be your first holiday as a twosome, your belated honeymoon or just a chance to escape the kids and spend a bit of quality time with the person you are madly in love with. It is your chance to focus on one another and let everything else in life fall to the wayside.

But jumping on a plane and flying away to a romantic destination isn’t going to guarantee you have that perfect mini-break you’ve been imagining. We have to grease the wheels of love a little bit ourselves – the world isn’t a lovey-dovey wish-making factory; it is a place of total amazement where we get out what we put in. So, with that in mind, I’ve have come up with a few things you can do to take cupid with you on holiday and make this the romantic getaway you want, need and deserve.

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The Cliches Are The Best

When you are booking a romantic holiday, never ignore the cliched destinations. Love has become synonymous with these places for a reason. Paris, New York, Venice, Bali, the Maldives, Maui, Santorini, and the totally breathtaking metropolis of Amsterdam – all of these places have become venus flytraps for those with hearts in their eyes. Love is in the air, on the cobbled streets, and on the sandy beaches, in the warm sands and warmer waters. Sure, visiting Johannesburg may be on your bucket list, but where you go can have a huge impact on your enjoyment of the holiday so just keep that in mind when you are sat cuddled up on the sofa and discussing where to run away to.


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Amorous Accommodation

There are only two-types of accommodation you should be considering – a self-catered stay or a boutique hotel – it just depends on where you are in your relationship. If you have decided to run off together to rekindle your romance after having kids book a luxury hotel somewhere special. Nothing can get your heart pounding and your butterflies fluttering quite as much as a gorgeous hotel room with a beautiful open bathroom and views worthy of a no-filter Instagram photo, such as waking up to the Eiffel Tower or Central Park. For a young couple still enjoying the honeymoon period, however, a self-catered stay in somewhere that you make your own – a romantic little nest – that you can cuddle up in and explore the romantic destination from might be best. You can just imagine it now; waking up late, enjoying breakfast in bed without housekeeping knocking on the door, a cheeky little kiss before you explore Venice by gondola, returning that evening with a cheap bottle of local wine to enjoy on your own little balcony, before you cook up a storm using ingredients you bought from that quiet market you stumbled on by accident.

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Pace Yourselves

This is a romantic holiday to somewhere new so exploring the city or the island you’ve decided to visit is top of the list. The important thing to remember is to make time for both sight-seeing and romance. People watching in a centuries-old Piazza, snorkeling with sea turtles, lunch on the beach, picnic in the park, an elephant ride through a jungle; there is probably so much you want to pack into your break, and rightly so. Just remember to pace yourself, though. That way you will be able to enjoy your evenings together as the evening is the most romantic part of any day. Being so tired that one of you falls straight to sleep at 8pm while as the other enjoys the last of the red wine on their own isn’t the most romantic way to enjoy an evening. So explore together, but don’t do it at the expense of your evenings.

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Don’t Let Life Get In The Way

There are certain things that quash romance and they are things you need to account for and prepare against. We’ll get the most annoying, frustrating and awkward one out of the way first – if your holiday falls at just the ‘wrong’ time of the month, you can request period delay pills online. Another thing to be a little bit wary of is drinking too much. Oh, it is just too easy to drink when you’re on holiday. Sipping on cocktails as you enjoy a Caribbean cruise, or enjoying France’s impossibly cheap bottles of red wine, is all too easy on holiday. However, too much booze (and the resulting churning tummy!) could easily put a dampener on your holiday. So just drink responsibly.

The Little Things In Life

The shorter the break the better. A couple of days away in a city could be all you need. We know this can be hard to accept as there is simply nothing more delicious than the idea of going away with your sweetheart for weeks on end. But by going for just a short(ish) break, you will be more tempted to make the most of your time away, and that’s the secret ingredient. The other little thing you can do to kick things off on the right foot is packing little present for your partner. Hide it in your suitcase and hand it over to them when you’re unpacking. It doesn’t have to be something extravagant, just a little something that will make them smile, such a new sunglasses, a good book or a sketchbook and pencils.

Hope your romantic holiday is everything you hoped it would be – let me know where you’re heading off to, and please share your recommendations for places to stay and things to do in the comments section below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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