Valentine’s Day Breaks that won’t cost the earth

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With only 10 days to go, if you haven’t bought your nearest and dearest a Valentine’s Day present yet, then how about taking her/him away for a short break? I mean, although the 14th of February does land on a Tuesday, there’s nothing to say that you and your partner can’t skip off work for a couple of days in the week, or take the previous or following weekend off. Whenever you decide to go, remember that a holiday or short break away is a fabulous treat and it will seriously impress your partner and earn you a few brownie points as well. But it does not need to be expensive. It just depends on where and when you are going.

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Where to go

Usual romantic get aways such as Paris and Venice are very likely to be overbooked and extremely pricy so in order to keep to a budget and not put any strain on your wallet or purse, why not think a little differently and chose an alternative destination. Most European cities, if you think about it, are romantic if it is just the two of you exploring them together, so check out somewhere like Cologne. Cologne is famous for its cathedral and kolsch beer but did you know about the railway bridge across the Rhine where couples attach padlocks to the railings with messages of love engraved on them? How romantic is that? Or try Amsterdam where happy couples can walk hand in hand next to the canal or take a canal cruise. How about Rome where you can go sight-seeing and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, imagine the gladiators at the Colosseum, or glam up for a night at the Teatro del Opera House. One seriously sexy place to take a lady is New York, particularly if they love Sex in the City. They can roam to their heart’s content all around the famous shopping malls and take in Bloomingdales whilst hitting up your credit card at the same time. Alternatively, why not look to stay in the UK? Romantic cities include Bath, Edinburgh and London, and don’t forget to look at cottage breaks in the countryside too, such as the Cotwolds where you might catch a glimpse of royalty or the likes of Kate Moss or Kate Winslet.

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When to go

As previously said, this year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday but also during the UK school’s February half term so prices over this week will already be high. Therefore, count the pennies by booking a break for a few weeks later, a weekend before or afterwards. If you are going to go around the 14th, check up on your chosen destination beforehand as some places may be offering specialised events to do with the holiday. For example, the Cologne Carnival is on from February 16-22, so if you are planning a trip there and don’t fancy partying, look at another week. Another way to get a good deal is to travel at a time when nobody else wants to, or on weekdays to cut the cost of your travel expenses on flights. However, make sure this doesn’t add extra expenses, for instance, if you arrive at midnight at an airport and the bus has finished for the night, you might have to spend more money on taxiing you and your partner to your hotel.

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