Most of the time, a couple doesn't realize that they're in dire need of a vacation until one or the other's breaking point is reached. There are only a handful of things that keep a typical vacation from being a romantic vacation and, oftentimes, it's bridging that gap that many people struggle with. It's not always easy planning something that goes above and beyond the realm of the (fictional) romantic gestures we see on TV and in literature - but that doesn't mean that all hope is lost.

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When it comes to planning a romantic getaway, there are some steps to take in order to make it memorable. Contrary to popular belief, that doesn't necessarily include a packed vacation schedule or upgrading to the honeymoon suite. Regardless of whether it's a budget-friendly trip, a brief break in the monotony as a long weekend, or a week-long experience, here are some tips for a romantic vacation that will apply to any getaway.

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Take The Time To Pick Someplace Special

It sounds like common sense but it's something that probably gets the least amount of attention when it comes to planning a vacation. It's easy enough to just settle on a destination that's 'easy' or 'popular' without taking into consideration what the goal of the trip is. A beach in Florida might seem like the perfect, easy getaway and, sure, maybe there's a great deal going right now on plane tickets. Unless the budget is a major factor, that's certainly no reason to settle on a destination without exploring others.

Here are some other things to consider to choose a destination that's tailor-made to all parties:

  • Consider each other's hobbies - hiking, brewery hopping, theme parks, or exploring new restaurants? Find places that meet these needs.
  • Opt for somewhere neither person has been; it'll be an adventure for everyone and puts travelers on an even playing field in terms of familiarity.
  • Remember that the goal of this vacation is closeness, so consider opting for an Airbnb or bed and breakfast for additional privacy. Unless room service is a necessity, in which case, opt for a boutique hotel.
  • Think about staying somewhat local - this allows the maximum amount of time devoted to the actual vacation and not spent on planes or in the car.

Find That Child-Like Innocence And Immerse Oneself In The Present

It's easy to forget, sometimes, that getting away from the monotony of daily life means that we have a chance to be ourselves. There's no pressure from work, no daily responsibilities to keep up with, and nothing, necessarily, to 'do.' This, alone, should be a comforting and relaxing thought, and allows us to embrace the here and now, rather than be wrapped up in what we may have forgotten or need to do after returning back home. Embrace it!

This is the perfect time to plan activities that are exciting, out of the ordinary, and something that everyone involved will enjoy. Alternatively, this is also the time to make sure there's some free time to just relax and enjoy one another's company. It's easy to get wrapped up and overwhelmed in the excursions, tours, and sightseeing, but it's important to make time to just be together. Whether it's a nice, quiet dinner, time spent on the beach or a hiking trail, or even just time back at the rental or hotel hanging out - find small ways to rekindle that flame.

Pro Tip: Lessen Stress By Relinquishing Control

Unless it's a road trip, forgo the car rental. If the budget allows, couples have the option to relinquish control of transportation and the stress of how to get from point A to point B and just rely on public transportation, taxis, or an uber. This cuts down drastically on stress which can, not surprisingly, make for a far better vacation. Booking with a hotel is an easy way to arrange for transportation in advance through the hotel; renting an Airbnb or B&B in town makes it easy to walk to most destinations.

Bonus Tip: Photos Last A Lifetime

If there's one aspect of a vacation that will never be outdated, it's the notion of taking photos and videos. While the camera may change over the years, having memories immortalized in photos never will. There's nothing like capturing a moment and being able to look back on it, immediately bring back all of those emotions that one may have had at the time it was taken. Candid photos are the best, and these are usually the ones that tell a good story. This is also the perfect excuse to invest in photographers when doing excursions or activities - there's nothing better than coming home with a professionally framed photo!

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