Congratulations to the newlyweds! If you've been waiting to plan your first adventure as a married couple, Valentine's Day is as good a time as any. You don't have to cross the country or the equator to do something exciting. In fact, a weekend (or even an afternoon) away from your daily life is the kind of attainable adventure we can get behind. Here's how to go about the planning, no matter what "adventure" means to you.
Set a concept.
Decide if you're into a weekend of wine tasting or would prefer to go hiking and camping. If the budget doesn't allow for an out-of-town adventure, think about something local. You could spend the night at a favorite downtown hotel, or visit a local spa for an afternoon of pampering. From there you can start thinking about timing (especially if you want to get away) and where you can easily travel to based on that decision.
Pick a location.
At a loss for where to go? There are tons of great resources to give you the travel bug. If you have no particular destination in mind, The Venue Report can be a helpful. Atlas Obscura can also serve as a great resource for outside-the-box adventures around the world. If you want to plan something low-key but unexpected, check out local blogs and magazines to see if anything pops out. There could be a great activity waiting in your own hometown, like a concert, play, or event.
Establish a budget.
If you just wrote your last check for the wedding, a big, expensive trip probably won't sound very relaxing. Work out a budget you're both comfortable with for your first Valentine's Day holiday and keep it within reason. Just remember, you don't have to spend a ton of money to make this holiday memorable.
Create an itinerary.
It's not necessary to plan every hour of every day of your V-Day, but it's essential to get the basics down. If you're traveling, this includes flights, rental cars, airport transfers, and hotels. If you're staying local, share any reservation times with your spouse, plus how much time you need to allot for getting there.
Create an element of surprise.
Your first Valentine's Day as a married couple only comes around once in your life, so why not make it special? Add something unexpected to the itinerary to surprise your spouse, like a special dinner, homemade dessert, or an activity he or she has been itching to try.