Five Steps to a Romantic Adventure

Whether you’ve been with your special someone for a few weeks – or many years – there’s no test of true compatibility quite like the first adventure trip you take together. You’re likely to find out things you never knew about each other – some wonderful, and some not so great.1. The first thing to think about is just what each of you find romantic about the trip you’re planning. Is it the lure of an exotic, unknown place? Or just time spent together? Talk about expectations before you start serious planning. It will put a damper on any relationship if you find out when you’re halfway around the world that one of you thinks a moonlight stroll in the jungle to see rare animals in their natural habitat is the most romantic idea ever, while the other is terrified at the thought of setting foot outside the safety of a western-style hotel.
 
2. Money is the second item on any planning checklist. Most couples have different ideas about how to handle money – especially in the early stages of a relationship. Decide what you can realistically afford to spend, and who’s going to pay for what. Also try to agree on what will happen if you decide to add an option after you’ve arrived – a meal at a fancy restaurant, even if you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, or tickets for a performance you didn’t realize you might be able to see.
3. The destination, and your itinerary, are the next step in the planning process. Each of you should take time to describe what you really want to do. “I want to go kite surfing, and then take a night dive off the reef” and “I want to sit around the spa, and explore the museums” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. It’s perfectly ok to split up for a few hours, and then reconnect to share experiences.

The intinerary needn’t cover every minute, but you’ll want a general idea of what you’re going to be doing if only to know what to pack. One thing that shouldn’t be left to chance: find a couple of romantic spots in the local area that you want to share with your partner. It might be a restaurant, a beautiful spot with scenery you can’t get anywhere else, or something you can only experience there.

4. Something many couples forget when they’re planning their romantic getaway is to make sure they aren’t bringing along any unnecessary worries from home. If you can, leave valuables in a safe deposit box back home, and don’t check work email, or take non-emergency calls from work while you’re on a trip that’s supposed to be about your lover. Try out pet sitters, babysitters, and housesitters on a short getaway so that when you get the chance to take a longer trip there are no lingering fears that will distract you from enjoying your time together.

5. Last, but not least, plan to steam up your hotel room a little bit. After a long plane flight, a relaxing, sexy evening in the hotel may be the perfect way to recover. Order some champagne or a bottle of wine and room service, and enjoy each other. After all, that’s why you went on the romantic getaway, isn’t it?

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