It may feel more romantic receiving a bouquet of flowers at work on Valentine’s Day, but this year Cupid’s birthday is on a Sunday! Having the most romantic day on a weekend allows for all-day activities, with mandatory chocolate-covered strawberries at every destination. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank though. There are affordable activities you and your lovebird can enjoy without having to splash out.
Here are 10 ways you can celebrate the romantic occasion this year without making a dent in your wallet.
1. Strike It Out At Bowling
Get a little nostalgic with a game of ten-pin bowling that was bound to be a date you had back in your teens. Seeing your partner in the ridiculous bowling shoes is reason enough to go on this affordable and playful date. Include a touch of competition to raise the stakes.
2. Relax With A Couple’s Massage
A couple’s massage is a beautiful way to take advantage of this celebratory day – especially if you’ve both had a stressful week. Get the circulation in the body moving which will help you both feel energised as well as relaxed for the rest of the day.
3. Indulge In High Tea
If you both have a sweet tooth, indulge with a high tea filled with sumptuous savouries and sugary treats. Commonly located in a luxury hotel, a high tea will cost less than a dinner date and often includes a glass of bubbles. A new addition to the high teas these days is chocolate fountains. Chocolate and Valentine’s Day – it’s a delicious match.
4. Go Trampolining
If activities are a common interest, take it indoors with trampolining. This activity will bring the childish side out of both of you, and serve as your workout for the day. Afterwards, you would have earned yourselves an ice cream. The iconic date treat.
5. Enjoy A Picnic
A picnic is as simple and sweet as it gets. This year include a bit of fun into the evening by creating or picking foods for your partner and visa versa. This adds a little bit of surprise and romance into the evening; especially if they pick things they know you love. Anywhere with a view will top off the evening.
6. Go Horse Riding
Looking to do something different with your other half? Get out of the city and connect with nature via a trail ride. If you’re very experienced, some ranches will allow you to take horses out by yourself. Horse riding doesn’t have to be expensive either – look out for affordable deals online and book ahead of time.
7. Sit Under The Stars With Moonlight Cinema
Dinner and movie routine getting boring for you? Take it up a notch by seeing it under the stars at a moonlight cinema. You can cosy up to one another outdoors and enjoy a classic film while you’re at it. Outdoor cinema tickets can be bought cheaply if you look online.
8. Spoil Each Other With A Candlelit Dinner
It may be a cliché but you can’t go wrong with a romantic, candlelit dinner date. A lot of fine dining restaurants can be quite exxy on Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a nice dinner. You can definitely score yourself a gem and bargain with a little online savviness. Subscribe to daily deals sites ahead of time to be in the know on restaurant deals, dining packages and discounts. Some even come with a waterfront view too!
9. Netflix & Wine
Don’t want to make a big fuss out of Valentine’s Day? Keep it low key by staying in for a romantic night of Netflix, pizza and wine. If you’re both homebody’s this may be the time you’re both looking for to enjoy each other’s company in the privacy of your own home. Extra thumbs up for not having to drive anywhere, so you can crack open that second bottle of vino.
10. Head Outdoors With Camping
Take advantage of Valentines Day falling on a Sunday by taking the weekend to go camping. Road trips are always fun listening to music, picking up produce along the way and seeing new sites. Camping is inexpensive if you have the equipment, with only a small fee for staying in a national park.