By Steve Jackson
Planning your next romantic weekend does not need to cost anything, nor does it need hours of preparation, unless that is what you choose to do. Here, we will provide you with some ideas for your romantic breaks, so get comfortable, and see what you would like to do for your next romantic getaway.
When people talk about romantic breaks, the tendency is to think of breaks lasting the weekend, or longer, but that doesn’t have to be the only way. Breaks of a few hours can be romantic, provided you put away all your other concerns and focus on your partner. To do this, it meant turning the phones off, yes, even those cell phones. The world should be able to go on without you being in touch with everyone for a few hours. Turn off the television, this is quality time with your partner, not time to veg out in front of the box.
There are plenty of options for having a romantic time, no matter where in the country you live. You may choose to use your romantic time in the bedroom, but it doesn’t have to start or even finish there. Obviously, it is up to you and your partner how you choose to use your romantic time. You could go for a walk in the park, and this has more than one benefit. While you are walking, you can give your partner your undivided attention, and as a bonus, you are getting exercise at the same time. It is also a time when you can connect with the outside world, and appreciate all the beauty there is in it, whatever the weather.
Too many of us spend our time at work or rushing round after work, with very little down time, and just going for a stroll gives us some where we can relax a little, and see how much we are missing as we go about our daily lives.
Now a walk in the park is only one suggestion, it could be a stroll through a new area of the city, or an older one, there are plenty of options. Basically what you are doing is going on a date, and it is sometimes really neat to play the tourist in your own city. Even if you have done this before, places change, and your appreciation changes too as you age. A good romantic activity is to play the tourist in your own city, visiting the local attractions, window shopping, local parks, gardens, and maybe museums. You get the idea, and your options are many.
As a change from walking you could choose to have a date in a coffee shop, or in a tea house, or you could go for a picnic if the weather is likely to be decent. These are all options that can take you half an hour or a whole day, it is entirely up to you and your partner.
Of course, you could go out for a romantic dinner, or the two of you could prepare your own meal together at home, having shopped for the ingredients together earlier in the day, or earlier in the week. Again the idea is to spend quality time, and sharing in the chores such as cooking can be a very special time for you both.
The idea of going to watch a movie might work for some, but it does mean that you won’t be able to talk very much for a couple of hours, and this is not what this romantic break is for. So, rule out the movie option, and do something where you are both able to communicate.
If you are wanting to have some fun, then you might want to consider something like ice skating, or rollerblading, especially if you both have some of these skills already. Other options depend on your location to water. For example you might want to rent a boat to go paddling on a local lake, or go canoeing, or even fishing. If you are close to mountains, then you have the option of going hiking there.
Take a look at your local area, and see what new buildings have been built recently. Instead of looking in front of you when you walk, look upwards at the skyline – but not all the time, we don’t want any accidents! While you are wandering, you might want to share a snack together, or a coffee, or if you prefer, take some bottled water with you to sip on the way.
When you stop to think, there are plenty of places you could visit with your partner, but do remember that the aim is to reconnect to one another. Going to a soccer game, or a hockey game doesn’t really fit the bill of a romantic break, but if you both decide this is what you want to do, then don’t let me stop you!
If you have not had chance to spend much time together recently, you may want to set aside just a couple of hours for your first romantic break, so that neither of you get too upset by the absence of phone calls. Then schedule another date not too far away, only perhaps make this one a little longer. This way you can gradually get used to being without the modern gadgets on which we all now depend so much. Of course you could still take your phones with you, agreeing to check them just once or twice during your romantic break, but this can interfere and break the atmosphere that you have created.
So, think about your next romantic break, and keep your eyes open as you travel around your city. You never know what places you will find to visit that are close to home, and therefore not expensive to get to. Invite your partner to the next romantic meeting by writing an invitation to make it more special, and don’t forget to set up dates well in advance, so that no business meetings will pop up unexpectedly for then. Just making a little effort can reward you big time, and put romance back in your life.
Steve Jackson is a freelance writer who contributes to a variety of internet publications.