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Valentine’s Day is approaching and you’re probably looking to plan the perfect date that will remind your loved one just how great you are as a partner, despite the fact that your plans are last-minute. So why not plan a Valentine’s Day staycation?

Sure, you could organize an extensive Valentine’s Day getaway for your significant other, but with the holiday just around the corner and seasonal prices on the rise, you may want to think up an alternative.

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There is no rule that says you have to leave the comfort of your own town to celebrate your love. In fact, it would be even more special to honor your union in the place where you spend most of your time together. Why not celebrate this Valentine’s Day right where you are, no travel plans necessary?

1. Explore Nature

There is something about nature that is unifying, meaning that it can strengthen your connection with your lover. Check out these 5 US Vacation Destinations for the Outdoorsy Couple, find a lookout point somewhere above the city, bring some wine and a blanket, and enjoy the serenity. No noise. No distractions. Just the two of you focused on each other. Your peaceful surroundings will undoubtedly reinforce your bond.

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2. Take a Couples’ Exercise Class

Try a couple’s tantric yoga class and combine the best of both worlds—love and connection. Tantra Yoga works with breath and energy to create a deep connection with yourself and those around you. A couple’s class is an ideal way to strengthen the union that you have with your partner. Plus, a little physical activity is always a good thing.

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3. Stay in a Local Hotel 

There is no rule that a Valentine’s Day getaway can’t be within the parameters of your own city. Find a hotel in your area, pack your bags, and get away for the weekend. It will feel just like a vacation when you’re waking up in an unfamiliar place, dining in new restaurants and lounging by the hotel pool. Book a surprise spa appointment for you and your lover. Also, don’t forget the champagne. For some inspiraton, these 5 Romantic Getaways in California are sure to get you in the mood for love.

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4. Play Tourist in Your Own Home

How long have you put off going to the local museum or checking out the famous sights in your hometown? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make those things happen.

Rekindle the love for your hometown and for each other by playing tourist in your own neighborhood. Try new things, experience new places. It will help you feel a sense of freshness around your city and within your romance.

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5. Pamper Each Other

Don’t lift a finger this Valentine’s Day by creating the perfect pamper evening. Change your scenery and find an Airbnb rental in your area. Hire a chef to prepare a delicious dinner for two. Set the scene with flower delivery and a solid Spotify playlist. Enjoy a lovely, stress-free evening with minimal effort on your end. You won’t even need to clean up afterward.

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6. Get Adventurous

Who says Valentine’s Day has to fit under the usual scope? Get creative and plan an adventure in your neighborhood. Surprise your date with anything from skydiving to mountain biking, hiking to ATVing. If nothing else, it is sure to be one of the most interesting dates that your partner has ever experienced.

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7. Create the Magic at Home

Of course, you can always opt for the ultimate Valentine’s Day staycation option: a romantic evening in your own home. Turn off the Wi-Fi, unplug the television, shut off your phones and connect with each other. Cook a nice meal and kick back and relax with your significant other.

There is something about bringing out the romance in a normal setting that helps to stimulate longevity in a relationship. Take the routine things and make them a little more exciting by infusing a bit of romance.

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8. Head to a National Park

Following on from number one, why not do some research and find a nearby national park to explore? Is there anything more romantic than spontaneously hopping in the car and driving for a few hours to a beautiful spot? You can bring a tent and camp in most national parks, or find nearby lodgings if you wanted to stay the night. Before heading off, find out where the best national parks are in Florida, Michigan, and Washington.

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9. Go for a Romantic Dinner

Has your other half been speaking about wanting to try that new restaurant in town? Why not surprise them and book a table at a great restaurant for Valentine’s Day. If you book ahead of time, you can try to reserve one of the tables with the best views.

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10. Head to the Movies

It’s a classic choice. Check out what’s on at the cinema this February and book to take your other half to the movies. You can treat them to popcorn, hot-dogs, and candy — old school romance!

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Valentine’s Day will be as special as you make it, regardless of where you decide to spend the holiday. Don’t feel the need to confine yourself to the typical options; a Valentine’s Day staycation can be just as romantic as all the others. There are so many possibilities and, whatever you choose, it is guaranteed to be an evening you’ll both cherish.

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