Romantic Getaway for Valentine's Day

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1. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 83 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Anyone traveling with their "Sweetheart" on a romantic weekend getaway for Valentine's Day this February 14th?

Personally, I'm single and probably working that day, so no romantic anything for me.

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Like you I'm single at the moment, but I haven't done anything for Valentines Day since I was 15 years old. With every GF since then I've told them they can pick any other weekend of the year and I'll either treat them to roses etc or we can go away for a long weekend, but not the week of the 14th February.
It' a 'made up' event, so pick another time to celebrate this made up event.
Every one of them has been happy with that arrangement.
I'm not sure I'd be OK with any woman that isn't happy with that...
Actually I'm pretty certain I wouldn't be happy with anyone that wasn't OK with that...

3. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 83 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

I get what your saying Andrew, I'm very much like you, haven't done anything since I was probably 12 in the 6th grade with that one cute girl in the back row of our class room, that innocent school crush thing. Of course I haven't dated much since then, kinda a free for all guy, so Valentine's day is a pass over holiday for me.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1236 posts) 10w 1 Star this if you like it!

Ten years ago, 14 Feb was a Saturday; we got married! Every year since, we've put off going out for dinner until the following weekend - cheaper that way! 🤣🤣🤣

5. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 643 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Speaking as a female, I stopped bothering with Valentine's Day when I got into my late teens....and even before then I only hoped for a card (which should be anonymous). Spending money does not demonstrate love imo....and spending even more money to do something on a commercialised date is daft!

But Valentine's Day is not a 'made-up event', at least not in the UK and much of Europe. The church feast day of St Valentine has been associated with lovers since at least the 1300s, when Geoffrey Chaucer made the first written reference to the idea.

What is 'made-up' is its huge commercialisation and the hoo-ha which seems to increase year-on-year, just like Hallowe'en (only marked by a very few when I was small, and even then only with minor things like bobbing for apples). The US Mother's Day is entirely made-up, as is Father's Day...but the UK has marked Mothering Sunday, our 'Mother's Day' earlier in the year, for many centuries. Originally it was the day when people attended their 'mother church' but by the 1800s it was increasingly common to visit and/or give a bunch of flowers (usually wild) to your mother. Cards became the norm as the postal service developed and people's wages ditto. When I was a girl the traditional gift was a bunch of anemones but, as with everything else, commercialisation has taken over.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2019, at 23:57 by leics2 ]

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 10w 1 Star this if you like it!

It's 'made up' by the church instead of being made up by some card selling company ...

7. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 392 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

In my youth, Valentine's Day was practicall unknown in my neck of the woods. Later on we heard about it as "something that the Americans do". And even since it became popular hereabouts in the late 1980s, I have never ever neither done nor received anything on that day. This day means nothing to me.

8. Posted by road to roam (Respected Member 142 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Every year since, we've put off going out for dinner until the following weekend - cheaper that way

That works a treat, no doubt! Same goes for St. Patrick's Day in the U.S. My gal is from Ireland and we love going out on March 18th!

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1050 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

We never go out since it's always horribly crowded everywhere. I fix something "red" for dinner. This year we had spaghetti and Italian sausage with tomato sauce made with tomatoes from our garden that I froze last summer. We make our own Valentine cards, usually with travel photos but this year I painted one just for fun. I'm kind of little kid for Valentine's Day. Make your own or do without . . .

10. Posted by Gustavo Fernan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

bay island in Honduras is the most beautiful place to go with your love, my husband propose to me when we were diving !!! i love there and we come back every year since