If you've been saving up for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your significant other, maybe you can take advantage of a last-minute getaway that will shock your love by how much thought you put into things. Even if you have to take your trip later, that envelope with plane tickets are sure to thrill.
If you want to truly wow, here are some great ideas that will do that and give you the best romantic getaway on a budget.
Head to Paris
Yes, the City of Lights is also known as the most romantic city in the world. Being there, I can see why, but remember, anywhere you go with your SO can be romantic. Don't put pressure on the destination. Paris can be pretty affordable, especially if you book a cheap flight through budget airline Wow Air for late winter or Spring. Deals start as low as $149.99, depending on departure city. Once you're there, here's how to spend your time there without going broke. Don't forget a place to stay! While you could book a hotel, save a bundle by using Airbnb and get more room, free WiFi, a kitchen and possibly a washer/dryer, so you can pack light.
Take a Cruise
A cruise can take you to some lovely destinations (usually more than one) and with all your food and entertainment included onboard, it can be an easy trip to plan. Anytime you can find a week-long cruise for under $500 a person, that's a pretty great deal. Sherman's Cruise has 6 great ones to choose from, including a 10-night South American cruise for only $499, if you can get away in early February. You can also cruise the Mediterranean, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
There are so many free things to do in our Nation's Capitol. Not only that, but you can use the money you save to take a romantic dinner cruise along the river. Take your loved one to Copycat Co, a craft cocktail joint that has delicious drinks and cheap eats with a Northern Chinese taste. All bites are under $5. Want to know more things about how to save, here's a link to my blog post.
You may not think that Wisconsin has much going for it besides cheese, but it totally does. Plus, who doesn't like cheese. Even the lactose intolerant can't claim that. With Lake Michigan right there, there are plenty of lakefront dining options, which are always romantic, as well as walks along the river. If you like beer, take a brewery tour at Lakefront or Sprecher. With the city based on hard-working people who appreciate value, you will find plenty of affordable options for dining, entertainment and lodging.
With no more dominating steel mills to mar the city’s skyline, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a beautifully transformed town with bridges as far as the eye can see, traversing the three rivers that surround downtown. Sports lovers can enjoy a game of professional football (Steelers), baseball (Pirates) or hockey (Penguins), while art lovers have many museums to discover, including the Andy Warhol Museum. Rent a kayak for less than $20 to explore the Monongahela, Allegheny, or Ohio. The Strip District on a Saturday has a multitude of food options under $10.
New England is beautiful. There's no doubt about that, but while everyone else is headed to Boston, you could be hanging out seaside, taking in the picturesque landscape and eating lobster rolls. Providence is quite a great cultural destination with museum and galleries, with affordable boutique hotels. Head to Federal Hill to feel like you've gone to Italy. Did I mention food? Because there's tons of good food here, as well as shopping, to keep you full and laden with souvenirs from your trip. With it being such an amazing college town, you'll be able to take advantage of college prices, too!
I love Vegas, but you can't beat mountains, water and gambling. Unlike Vegas, Reno is lovely and you can bet against the house while you're still able to go hiking, skiing, and tons of other fun stuff. In Reno, head up the mountain to Virginia City, and old west town with actual saloons and wooden sidewalks. Because it's not nearly as tourist-heavy as Vegas, you can stay somewhere nice for around $100 per night. Rent a car and head 40 miles to Lake Tahoe for even more to do. Put on your walking shoes and head down to the castle, take a cruise around the lake or, in the snow, take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride. Reno is home to the prime rib all-you-can-eat buffet for under $9. If you are a lover of food, then that's a pretty romantic deal for you.
There you have it. Vacations that fit into everyone's budget and for every type of couple, no matter what you like to do together. If you want more, check out romantic getaways in every state and the most romantic destination in each state. And if you can't afford a full-on vacation, maybe opt for a staycation instead. You can totally make it amazing.
Do you have getaway plans for Valentine's Day or after?