You don’t have to plan an extravagant vacation to do Valentine’s Day right. And it doesn’t have to be just dinner either. This year, try extending the day into an entire weekend in which just the two of you stay at home and create special memories without the expense and hassle. Use Cash Back at Ebates to make it the smartest Valentine’s Day you’ve ever planned. Start with these staycation ideas for couples:
Pick a Theme for the Weekend
If going to a remote island and sipping cocktails on the beach is your idea of a romantic vacation, create the beach theme at home. You’ll be able to take a weekend to have all the fun and relaxation of a beach trip without spending all the money. Even if you don’t get the tan to prove it, you’ll still have a memorable weekend together. To make this theme a reality, try turning on some island music and making homemade margaritas in a Jimmy Buffet-approved blender.
If you and your partner dream of snowy mountains instead of white-sand beaches, create a lodge ambiance in your home to bring the romance of a winter destination to you. Get a bottle of sultry red wine and turn on the fireplace before you kick back with some new luxurious pajamas you were able to buy from Soma Intimates because you saved all that money by not going on vacation.
One of the most romantic ways to spend an evening together is to cook side by side. Creating a meal together is the perfect way to pass a Valentine’s Day evening. It calls for conversation, creativity, teamwork and wine. For this date idea, try going all out — lobster or steak cooked to perfection will suit the occasion. Because you’re not shelling out for a trip, you can afford to splurge on a delicious meal you can prepare (and enjoy) together.
Make Intimacy a Priority
When you take away the destination, the only thing that makes a Valentine’s Day trip unique is the intimate moments you share. Why not pull out all the cliché stops this year and buy that massage oil you’ve always joked about getting. Carve out time in the evening so you both can give and receive a massage with special oils for just this occasion, and you’ll quickly forget you’re not on vacation.
Get a Hotel in Your City
Even with all the planning in the world, sometimes home just doesn’t cut it. To get the romantic-getaway feeling traveling offers, try staying at a hotel in your hometown. You can find great last-minute deals at Hotels.com. Pack a bag for one night, head downtown and pat yourselves on the back — you’ve embarked on a memorable adventure together, and your romantic staycation didn’t even cost you the price of a flight.
Chelsea is a freelance writer living in San Francisco, specializing in lifestyle and travel. When she can't get on a plane herself to visit somewhere obscure (Montenegro anyone?), she's training her sweet puppy and taking visitors to wine country with her fiancé. She loves being able to share ideas and stories proving that doing good and having fun can go hand in hand.