Is Surprise Travel Right for You (or Your Partner)?
Some people relish the opportunity to travel without the hassle of all of the planning and logistics. They’re elated to have the opportunity to travel and truly enjoy the experience without any distractions. However, not everyone enjoys surprise travel. Hint: these are the type of people who have a hard time giving up control. Think Type A. One study conducted by British Airways found 3 out of 5 women confessed to hating surprises and a 1/3 said they would hate it if their partner sprang a trip on them. You could try letting the person know in advance how long they’ll be gone for to give them a little heads up. But then again, maybe you’re the kind of couple that defies stereotypes and challenges statistics. If your partner is really adventurous, you might be able to get away with a true surprise vacation – without them knowing until they arrive.
Whether you plan for a long vacation or a weekend out of town, getting away with your significant other can provide time to reconnect, relax, and create lifelong memories together.
Here’s how to plan your surprise trip:
Step 1: Clear Your Schedules
You will need to coordinate with your SO’s boss in advance if the trip is longer than a weekend. If your partner’s schedule is too unpredictable or fragile, one option is to let them choose the timeframe themselves, without telling them anything else. You could also ask them to choose a period of time to take off but use a different excuse for what he/she needs to in order to disguise your intentions.
Step 2: Decide Where to Go
Whether you whisk your lover away to the mountains, an urban mecca with grit, a cosmopolitan city with swanky bars and restaurants, a cabana on a tropical island, or a journey through the desert, find some place where you will get out of your normal routines. You can pick anything from a unique B&B, a historical hotel, a ritzy hotel, a campsite, or something else. Whether you drive or fly, it doesn’t matter. What matters is leaving your zip code. Choose something you both will enjoy.
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Step 3: Plan for Fun Activities
It could be a guided tour, live music, a massage, a comedy act, or a great restaurant. Depending on your travel style, you may want to pack your days full of activities, or you may want to leave it open, permitting for lots of rest, relaxation, and cuddle time. If you’re always on the go and busy, see if you can challenge yourselves to leave some down time for strolling around arm-in-arm, sitting and watching sunsets, and talking. Is your partner a history nut? Be sure to check out what activities are offered along the way, which may enrich the experience. If they are a wine-o, then scope out the best wineries, keeping in mind what kind of wine they like. Get inspired by the possibilities: dogsledding, mountain climbing, homemade root beer, secluded wineries, world-class art, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sky diving, doing the human catapult, deep sea diving, whitewater rafting, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, volunteer work, and much more awaits.
Expert Tip! If you share credit cards, make sure you don’t charge things to your credit card that will leak the surprise ahead of time. One way to get around this is to purchase pre-paid credit card gift cards, which will mask your spending.