For some, Valentine’s Day is a welcomed chance to unequivocally pamper their partner with flowers, food, alcohol, and teddy bears holding hearts. For others, the day is a sham concocted by greeting card companies to make more money.
We prefer the former; treating your loved one is definitely something you should look forward to, and with February 14th falling on a Saturday this year, what better way to do it than by whisking them away for a romantic weekend? Prices might be hiked up in some places for Valentine’s Day, but there are still plenty of great deals out there just waiting for you to find them. Here are our suggestions for weekend deals that won’t break the bank, and where to find them.
Cities of Love
Could we get away with not mentioning Paris in this article? We think you’d miss it if we didn’t. Valentine’s Day in the city of love is a fantastic experience; there are walking tours around the cobbled streets, art exhibitions and theatre performances, and as much divine wine and irresistible food as you can stomach. You can find London flights and hotel for two nights in Paris (February 13 to 15) on travelsupermarket.com and lastminute.com from approximately £200 per person.
If you fancy trying somewhere different this year, Groupon.co.uk has some great deals available. Two nights in Venice with hotel, breakfast and London flights will set you back just £99 per person, so you’ll have more in your pocket when you’re cruising around on a romantic gondola ride or getting a taste for true Venetian cuisine. There are also currently some amazing Groupon deals at similar prices for Rome, Marrakech, Lisbon, Milan and Amsterdam – all you have to do is subtly bring up ‘which city would you most like to visit?’ in conversation with your partner and base your decision on their desires.
If you want to keep costs down but also want to head off a little further afield, you’ll find return flight deals for five nights in New York (Feb 12-17) with London Stansted to JFK flights for just £343.64 per person on travelsupermarket.com – not bad for a romantic bite of the big apple.
Getting to and from the airport
As you’ll be spending money doting on your significant other all over the Valentine’s Day weekend, you needn’t spend more than you need to get to and from the airport. Returns from London Marylebone to Stansted Airport on the train will set you back a whopping £73.20 between you, for example. That’s money you’d probably rather spend on a romantic meal during your holiday rather than blowing it before you even take off.
Likewise, you’re trying to relax and be romantic, and it sure is hard to do that when you’ve got the stresses of driving through London on your hands. Leave the car at home and find a better way to get to and from the airport.
Why not try taking a bus, for example? easyBus offers the cheapest way to get to Gatwick, Stansted or Luton from Central London – prices start from a ridiculously cheap £2! We’ve done the maths, and that’s a whopping 91 per cent saving compared to train fares. Services run every 15 minutes, so whether you’re leaving at sunrise or sunset you’ll be able to arrange your travel easily, with pick up and drop off points located at key London Underground stations.
The whole point of Valentine’s Day is to spoil your lover. Book yourself a weekend away now, and with the money you’ll save through the deals we’ve mentioned you’ll be able to spoil them even more.