Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for the Traveler

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and if you’re in a relationship, you know what that means! Gifts, date nights, cards…it can all be a little bit stressful, especially if you are saving up for a big trip. So, if both of you enjoy roaming the globe, here are a few Valentine’s Day date night ideas that cost little or no money at all.

photo by Daria Shevtsova

5 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

watch a travel movie

With all of the sources at our fingertips – whether it’s an online streaming service or an actual DVD – it’s easy to grab a movie that can transport your mind to a faraway land. For great movie suggestions, Conde Nast has a fabulous list here. It’s a great reason to snuggle up on the couch and dream that you are in another place.

listen to music that inspires wanderlust

There are two ways to approach this. The first is to listen to music that is specific to an area – think Caribbean drums or a mariachi band – that will take you to a location. Or, you can soak in some tunes that talk about a love for travel. There is a great list here if you want to check out suggestions.

make a traditional meal at home

One bad thing about going out to eat on February 14th is that everyone else is also going out to dinner. So, why not cook a meal together? I think this can be such a romantic thing to do anyway, but choosing recipes that are specific to a region can be a fun thing to test out. This is one of my favorite inexpensive Valentine’s Day date ideas.

explore your hometown

Travel doesn’t always mean heading to a foreign land, right? Even going the next town over counts! So, why not explore in your own home town? Go hiking, explore a museum, take a new look at your area. It’s a great way to get familiar with the community you call home. And we all have nearby places on our list that we never manage to get to – why not do it together on Valentine’s Day?

plan your next trip

Break out the travel books. Bend the corners of your favorite travel magazines. Do internet searches. Even if you aren’t headed anywhere specific in the near future, taking the time to ponder places and drool over gorgeous images can satiate the deepest of wanderlust desires.

So, no matter how you plan to spend February 14th, I hope you can get away for a little bit…even if only in your mind!

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