With Valentine’s day looming, thoughts of romance and candlelight dinners for two are all that may be on the mind of the person who is on a tight budget and can barely afford to spring for dinner, but who wants to carefully plan a surprise for their sweetheart. The task of making the day special isn’t made any easier by retailers for those couples who wish to express their loving sentiments to each other. Red and white theme displays, gifts of chocolate, long-stemmed roses, cards, jewelry and other memorabilia strategically placed throughout stores, I’m convinced, are there to capitalize on the emotion – love.
Some couples may have more financial latitude than others. They may go to greater lengths or adopt signature ways to impress their sweethearts and celebrate their love. One such way would be to fly away to a destination of their choosing, particularly, a remote island. Jetting off to an island on any given day is wonderful, add in romance and it is a match made in heaven. A weekend of bliss, fun and frolic would be a priceless treat of devoted attention for the surprised partner. Cupid’s arrow strikes again.
Therefore, it is necessary to recommend pointers to help the cash-strapped or deep-pocket traveler on how to cover all their bases before they leave. After all, who knows, either type of traveler may suffer from the same effects of cupid’s arrow (love has a way of doing that) and may forget pertinent to-dos for the trip. While it may not be the intention of the partner who is doing the surprising to overlook specific niceties, they may find themselves ‘surprised’ and in a predicament if they fail to plan. For sure, Murphy will be the uninvited guess who says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”
So as not to obfuscate the details of the trip and to get started, you should follow these basic tips for your day or weekend de amor.
Write down everything, including thoughts that pertain to making the day special and memorable. Make a checklist which will help to keep you on track. Tick items off once completed. Keep a list of contacts and share the itinerary with a family member or a close friend.
Days ahead of the adventure, secure passports in carry-on bags, double-check that tickets, car service and other arrangements are confirmed.
Pack an overnight case or weekend bags. Keep them out of sight.
Day of departure to airport, pick up partner. Blindfold (optional). Brief on a ‘need to know’ basis. Just before pulling up to the airport entrance, go over the immediate details of the trip. Board flight with a mindset that you will enjoy every minute (attitude is everything) of the surprise get-away.
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