7 Tips for Planning a Surprise Trip

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Many say that the most romantic gifts are those that are thoughtful and show just how much you care, so what better way to show you love someone than by planning a surprise getaway? As far as I’m concerned, the gift of travel is by far the best kind of present. Making it a surprise trip takes your A-game to the next level and then some.

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Although Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (and a surprise trip would be the ultimate act of romance), you don’t need to wait until the card shops tell you it’s time to show your love. Whisking your favourite person away is always going to score you brownie points no matter what the occasion is, be it for their birthday, to celebrate Christmas, to get over the holiday blues…whatever the reason, it works. Oh, and if you’re insanely amazingly kind and thoughtful, a surprise trip ‘just because’ is undoubtedly the best way to take podium position as the best boyf/girlf/husband/wife ever. Fact.

If you have no clue about planning a surprise trip, keeping a secret or just how to go about sorting such an excitingly romantic gift then these seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW) are for you:

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♥ Keep Schtum

Chances are you’re either super excited or nervous about pulling it off. Either way it’s going to make you want to chat to anyone who listens. You’ll want to ask their advice on where should you go or how to do it, or you’ll want to share your plans as you’re proud as punch that you’ve come up with them all on your own. Stop. Don’t utter a word to anyone unless you really, really have to. It’s hard for you to keep it a surprise, so if you add four other people into the equation chances are someone will slip up. If you really do need to tell someone, leave it as close to the date as possible.

♥ Think of Them

Remember that this romantic weekend/week/month (lucky them!) is about making them feel good. You might think the idea of lazing on  a beach is bliss, but if they’re more of a city slicker book that trip. You’ll get your feel good factor when you see their face light up. Also try to think about a personal story they’ve told you. Perhaps they used to go to Italy as a child, but haven’t been for years or maybe they have an obsession with chocolate, in which case Belgium would suit. Whatever it is, make it all about them.

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♥ Sort the Boss

To minimise any suspicions, discreetly get in touch with their boss to book the time off work. If the boss is out of bounds, try a trusted colleague, making sure that you tell them it’s a surprise. If that’s not an option, consider making the trip a Friday evening – Sunday evening, or even Monday morning, so that you don’t need to worry.

♥ Go Old School

Create little clues in the few days leading up to the trip or if you can resist the temptation to spill, even the few weeks leading up to it. Write cute notes and plant them in places they’d least expect it – stick one on the fridge or on their car steering wheel, or perhaps their pillow. Everyone knows that half of the fun of a trip is the anticipation, so create some excitement for them. For real old school romance, don’t reveal the destination until you’re at the airport. *swoon*

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♥ Be Realistic

Is your fave a laid-back kinda person or someone who likes to plan? If you know them really well and they’re fairly chilled you could pack a bag for them. However, be realistic. If that’s too far out of their comfort zone, tell them a night or two before so that they can pack. Don’t reveal all – you’ll need to give a few little clues as to what the weather will be like and what activities you might get up to it.

♥  Surprise the Surprise

Yay, you! You’ve managed to pull off the surprise. Don’t stop there. Enlist the help of your hotel and add extra touches for your stay, such as champagne in the room. If you’re on more of a budget, continue the cute notes or take some scented candles with you.

♥ Budget

It’s far too easy to get swept away in a romantic bubble, so make sure you have an idea of how much you want  can afford to spend. Set your figure and then plan around that, taking into account transport, accommodation, meals and any activities. Similarly, you need to budget your time. If you only have a weekend to play with, you don’t want to spend ages trying to get to your destination. Instead aim for somewhere that will only take a few hours to reach.

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If you need some help in terms of destinations, try these posts:

Classic romance and a short journey (from the UK): Seven Tips for a Romantic Weekend in Paris

Unique romance and low budget: Seven Must-Dos in Budapest

Longhaul, bolthole in California: Farmhouse Inn

Longhaul, sexy sleepover in California: Hotel Diva

Magical proposal material: Northern Lights in Iceland

The ultimate romantic dinner in Bali: Komaneka


Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Have you ever whisked your lover away? Do you have any tips to add to this list? X

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