Valentine’s Day Travel On A Budget

January 29, 2014  |  


Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already right around the corner? Flowers and candy are lovely and all, but with the holiday falling on President’s Day weekend, why not skip the “$200 date” (thanks #BlackTwitter) and book a romantic getaway with your significant other? Although dinner-and-a-movie dates followed by a little dessert (*wink*) are the popular option due to the frigid winter weather in many parts of the country, there are other ways to spice up the most popular date night of the year.

The main issue is budget. However, showing your love with some Valentine’s Day travel does not need to be costly. To make it a little easier to determine a great and affordable getaway, here are several destinations that will allow you to celebrate this special day without spending ALL of your hard-earned money.

New Orleans: With charming boutique hotels and intimate B&Bs, there are tons of budget-friendly alternatives to big-brand expensive hotels, especially for Valentine’s Day. The French Quarter and surrounding area have much to offer for the cost-conscious traveler. Why not explore the city and take in the culture of the ‘Big Easy’ on the city streetcar which is just over a dollar, or take a romantic walk through the quarter to explore the unique architecture.

Atlantic City: Conveniently located in between New York City and Philadelphia, Atlantic City has a lot to offer couples, even if they don’t gamble. If you can’t afford to stay in a hotel on the boardwalk, you can find some great deals a few blocks away or even in another town. Most of Atlantic City’s neighboring towns also provide shuttle service to your favorite casino. Additionally, Groupon and LivingSocial often offer hotel deals and packages.

Caribbean Islands: Specifically, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas offer great prices and package deals for quick and easy travel. What can be better than spending some fun in the sun with your honey, while indulging in delicious (and affordable) island food and drinks? The best part about it is that the beach is free, and hotels offer plenty of Valentine’s Day package deals. Still don’t think it’s in your budget? Why not try AirBNB for affordable housing rates in order to experience the Caribbean like a “local.”

New York City: With a long list of free activities (museums, comedy shows, dance classes), it’s easy to keep within a budget in New York City if you plan accordingly. Save money by doing many of these free things, and then fill your itinerary with romantic dinners at intimate restaurants nestled throughout the city, and maybe even splurge to take in a Broadway show. As far as accommodations, be sure to avoid Times Square and Midtown for hotel options, and look for cheap finds further uptown, in Brooklyn or even New Jersey.

At Sea: If you’re looking for an island getaway that’s more than the beach, cruises are a great affordable, all inclusive option. Cruises are getting a bad rep because of recent incidents, including an illness outbreak on a Royal Caribbean ship. With packages and rates that start as low as $200 on cruise lines such as Carnival, you’re able to take in not only one, but multiple islands while on your voyage so you can explore at your hearts’ content. Additionally, cruises offer plenty of free on board activities (comedy shows, dance parties, swimming pools) to keep you occupied throughout your intimate vacation.

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