Love is in the Air

Walk through anything from a drugstore to a jewelry store you are bombarded with Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine's Day...

Happy Valentine's Day... (Photo credit: Јerry)

It is wonderful to celebrate love and take an extra moment to show that special person in your life how much you care. But how to do that becomes the question.

Restaurants offer special dinners and many people flock to them on Valentine’s Day. Yet that is the one day you will probably not get the best service or food. If you want to dine out, find a small restaurant that is not promoting the day  or a very high end restaurant that will not allow the volume to go beyond the capacity, one that requires reservations all the time.

A better option would be for whoever does the cooking to whip up a special dish sprinkled with your love. If cooking is not an option, pick something up and make a pretty presentation and dine in the privacy of your own home. When did romance involve 100 other people?

As a lover of chocolate I believe Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for more but for those who are not fans, find another sweet to express your love. Honey is the base of sweetness so stop by your local Greek restaurant and pick up some Baklava or make a honey cake or wow your love with Bananas Flambe.

Valentine’s Day gifts can create panic attacks and stress. For some women jewelry is always the answer for others a single rose is great. Look to history, what day was really special and what can you give to remind your love (male or female) how much you enjoyed that day? My husband usually turns up with balloons that sing, simple but he knows how much I love music and the love songs with the balloons or a stuffed animal just warms my heart.

Take Valentine’s Day to make a special point of saying ‘I love you’ and surprise your partner with a weekend away later in the month.  There are lots of place in Virginia for a weekend escape and at Hershey, February is Chocolate Month.

Whatever you do, remember that romance is what you want it to be and for each couple it is different.

 

Love and travel on!

Scan of a Valentine greeting card dated 1909.

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How to Pay for Travel

Probably the biggest concern I hear about travel is how to pay for it.

While we in the USA consider travel and vacations a luxury they are really part of our emotional and mental health. But economics always play a part in everything we do.

Here are a few ideas:

Setup a savings account solely for travel- If you can afford to save $100 a month, in one year, you can save enough for a 7 day cruise for two people.  If its only $50 a month, you can have a long weekend.

Tell friends and family that instead of buying you gifts or gift cards, have them write a check and deposit it in your Travel Saving account.

The Unique Travel Events website offers a really easy way for you, or friends and family to build your travel account with the Honeymoon and Travel Registry account. You can sign up online and add to it any time you or anyone else wants.

If you plan your cruise for a year from today, you have 9-10 months to pay for your trip after a small deposit. This gives you time to put money away and know how much you need, very little guesswork.

We wish you happy travels!

So many choices, so little..

You expect to see the word time. Time is our most irreplaceable resource and we should make the most of it and that includes time to travel. Do it to better yourself and the world. Every time you meet someone new you change the world and make it just a bit smaller.

Back to choices, there  are almost infinite choices of where to go and what to do. So let’s start at the beginning, at least alphabetically, Alabama. It’s only about 12 1/2 hours drive time and you can stop in Charlotte NC and Atlanta GA along the way.

From tribal history, love stories included to George Washington and of course The Road to Freedom Alabama has more to offer than many realize. If its nature you seek you can choose between the mountains and the beach, or for the urban leaning traveler Montgomery and Birmingham are major cities more than worth a day or two.

If you are a Star Wars fan then Space Camp should be on your to do list. This summer you have the amazing opportunity to experience Star Wars in a way that will send you soaring. Whether you want to study the more than 80 costumes and props or take ‘Millennium Falcon‘ Ride you are bound to have fun. but the special exhibits will be over on September 6, so plan now. This is a great vacation adults and kids.

Let’s not forget the rest of the world when it comes to travel. If you want to escape the heat in August try New Zealand. You can find the 5 star hotels but if you are a backpacker then this is also a great place for you. You can fly to Queenstown, a great skiing spot for less than $1500 roundtrip and there is lodging for as little as $26 New Zealand a day which translates to $18 US. In today’s economy that is a bargain hard to turn down.

Of course there is always something happening in the Washington DC area.

Family Fun

Mary Poppins, Broadway show at the Kennedy Center starting at $35 a ticket

Free Concert at The Strathmore

For the Grownups

Visit www.going.com to choose your kind of fun

Unique Travel Events hopes you will explore the world and its wonders, whether you are the do-it-yourself type or want our services to create the perfect Getaway, Date Night or full vacation, from cruises to safaris.

Romance and Roadtrips

Roadtrips are great for romantic getaways. The destinations are limited only to the distance you wish to travel. On the east coast you can escape to the mountains, from the Poconos to Shenandoah in the mid-atlantic area to the ski slopes in New England. If its beaches you like they range from Maine to Florida.

The question becomes what to do while on that 3 hour or more journey. Books on tape are an option if both of you enjoy the same type of literature and of course music, whether its CD, radio or Sirius or XM. But what about conversation? This is becoming a lost art and when traveling its easy to fall into the habit of talking about day to day life, the kids, the job, the bake sale, all the things you are trying to escape from.

Consider this- If you have a destination, pick up a book or magazine about it, learn the history while you drive and  then determine what you might like to see when you arrive.

You can also have some fun and learn a little more about each other. For example, there’s the What if? game. What if, it were 1890? Think about how you would get where you are going, how much longer it would take to get there, etc. You’d be amazed at the interesting conversation that can ensue.

Also, If you could be a character from history or a book or a movie, or even a movie star, who would you be and why? What would you do? How would your character indulge in romance? You might want be adventurous, like Ameilia Earhart or mysterious like Mata Hari. Perhaps James Bond or Daniel Boone, it doesn’t matter who you choose, just have fun imagining what could happen.

This is also great for a date night when the conversation starts to slow.