Yes! It’s that time of the year аgain!
Time to prove your love with a fancy bouquet, state-of-the-art dinner or mindlessly expensive jewelry. Or, should it be that way?
Men, I think, feel more pressure to make a good impression on The Day than women. It seems to me that most women, who feel fascinated with that holiday, take it for granted to be courted with special attention, gifts and flowers.
While this may work for most people, I want you to consider stepping out from the stereotype this year. Think of ways to really create a memorable experience rather than spending money on flowers and things.
Here are 7 original ideas to inspire you:
1. Spend a night under the Northern Lights in Norway
Some people believe that they have to go to the end of the world to see the magic of Aurora. In fact, you don’t need to go further than the northern tip of Europe, in the cosy town of Svalbard, Norway.
Don’t forget your camera and warm clothes!
2. Practice compassion and learn to take care of the bees in California
A small ranch in the town of Carmel-by-the-sea, California gives couples the chance to feel the excitement of spending some time close to a beehive. Equipped with protective suits and filled with positive emotions, you’ll learn a new skill, spend valuable time with your sweetheart and be rewarded with a pot of organic honey.
3. Go to the longest toboggan run in the world, located in Switzerland
What could be better than awakening the child in yourself and your partner! There are officially 150 toboggan runs in Switzerland to choose from!
Get loose in the resort village of Grindelwald, Switzerland, claiming to be the host of the longest toboggan run in the world with an impressive downhill slope of 15km!
Be prepared for an adventurous 2h hike uphill – what a better way to really get close to your loved one!
4. Survive together inside the “Belly of the beast” in Slovenia
If you are looking to add some extra thrill to your relationship, visiting Slovenia’s subterranean caves range will be the perfect scenery.
The Skocjan Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage site with roughly 8,000 caves around 100,000 years old, the most famous one being about 24 km long.
You can expect to go 100 meters down by stairs, observe beautiful deep green underground rivers and lakes, pass through pitch black dark tunnels and even get lost in an underground labyrinth!
5. Sleep under the stars in Iceland
Everyone can spend St. Valentine’s day in a fancy hotel…if you really want to stand out – take your sweetheart to a romantic, comfy night under the stars in the one of its kind Buubble resort.
The adventure starts with an exploration of picturesque waterfalls and dark sand beaches in the countryside of Reykjavik. Tired and happy, your romantic night will begin in a cozy, warm, transparent bubble, hidden between the snowy woods.
6. Have fun in an underground amusement park in Romania
Evoke your adventurous spirit in a former salt mine transformed into an underground amusement park in Turda, Romania.
You’ll start off by descending about 120 meters into darkness before reaching the hidden wonderland! Several attractions will be at your disposal from paddling in an underground lake, playing mini-golf, bawling or enjoying a ride on a Ferris wheel!
7. Create your own fairy tail in a medieval castle in Italy
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to dive into the romantic atmosphere of castles. Italy is the go to place to find a stunning castle on a budget, where you can actually spend the night with your loved one.
You’d enjoy your own private room, individually styled with beautiful antique furnishings and museum-quality artwork. Most of those hidden gems are located in remote, isolated places, surrounded by wild nature and scenic views to further amplify romance and sparks between you two.
Hope you got some inspiration and creative ideas on how to be a rock-star this st.Valentine’s day! Don’t worry if you won’t be able to make it this year, save this guide and plan ahead for the next one!
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