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Romance is an art. It can be difficult at times to come up with some romantic ideas to impress your significant other. Much of that can be put down to the fact that what one person finds romantic, another may find tacky, crass or just plain boring. Romance does not look the same for everyone, and so it is important to bear that in mind when thinking of a romantic gesture and how to demonstrate your love. Think of that special person, what would they like specifically? One way to ensure you hit the right mark is to consider their “love language”.

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Have you ever wanted to say ‘I love you’, without actually saying the words ‘I love you’? We’ve got some great ideas here on alternative ways that get across what you’re feeling in your heart!

What is love language?

Hands touching with matching tattoos

Love language as a concept was first introduced in 1992 by a minister called Gary Chapman. He believed that people with different personalities and life experiences prefer to give (and receive) love in different ways. He categorized them into five “love languages”. According to this theory, each person has at least one love language that they prefer over the others. Many of my suggestions below combine a few of the languages in one gesture, so have a read and see what you think. Try to figure out your partner’s love language and then attempt a few of these romantic gestures that are sure to show them that romance is alive and well! 

Romantic gestures for every love language

Romantic ideas for those who prefer words of affirmation

A woman listens to her partner's words of affirmation.

Words hold a great weight with most people. The literal language we use can make someone cry or brighten their day. For those who prefer this love language, the key is simple, but often, a single text each day can make them smile, but there are several other things you can try.

  • Write a poem for them. It doesn’t need to be Shakespearean quality, even just a simple acrostic poem (where each line begins with a letter of their name, for example), would be a very cute way to show them you thought of them. This could be in the form of a handwritten note, or you could even get it printed professionally as a piece of artwork to hang on a wall. (Check out MyPostcard for framed photos of your own delivered directly to your door.)
  • Written compliments are a great romantic gestures. Get creative with them… It could be a mason jar filled with notes, a photo album with complimentary captions, or an illustrated list of reasons why this person makes you smile.
  • There are physical diaries or also apps created specifically for couples, with questions to answer that can bring you together. Some apps have nice features where both members are asked the same question and the answers are only revealed once both parties have submitted their answer.

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Love gestures for partners who prefer acts of service

A plays guitar to his partner whose head is on his lap as a romantic gesture.

Acts of service can include any kind of action that helps your partner in some way. Here are some ideas to try…

  • Make breakfast in bed for your loved one. Valentine’s Day would be a perfect occasion for this, but honestly there is no occasion needed. Just toast up some bagels, or even bring up their favorite cereal and some fruit, for a guaranteed smile in the morning.
  • Helping with chores is a great way to impress a partner who enjoys acts of service. But it’s not necessarily romantic, unless you make it so. For example, you can make an extra effort to make the bed and learn how to fold towels into swans like they do in some hotels to show you put in a special thought for them.
  • Cooking for your partner in general is a great way to show your appreciation and can be very romantic. Try recreating a dish from a memorable restaurant you went to, or create a menu based on places you have been together.

Romantic gestures for someone who likes gifts

A man gives his partner a gift as a romantic gesture.

There are many ideas for romantic gifts you can buy for someone. But if you want something a little more personal than a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates, then why not try one of these more romantic ideas. The romance in gifting comes from the idea that the recipient receives something that they want, but don’t necessarily need.

  • Put together a playlist of songs that reminds you of your partner. There are several products that can be bought that include a QR code link to the playlist on YouTube, or (if you use Spotify) a Spotify code, as well as wooden cassette tapes (like an actual old school mixtape), or necklaces and bracelets.
  • Speaking of jewelry, there are companies that can turn your photos into pendants, which from afar look like a metal heart, or a flower, for example, but when they are held up to your eye you are able to see the photograph inside. This would make a really sweet, personal gift for the one you love.

Sweet gestures for a partner whose language is physical touch

A couple lie in bed and smile at eachother

Many people enjoy physical touch from their partner. In fact, a hug from the person you love is proven to lower stress levels! Small romantic gestures can go a long way with someone who enjoys physical touch, even just making sure to hug and kiss them when you/they return home from work, for example, will make them feel special and loved. For people who fall into this category of love language, it is even more special.

  • Arrange a spa day. If money is no object, you can arrange to go together with your loved one to a spa and relax with massages and a steam room. Even if that’s not the case, you can arrange a similar experience at home. Buy some face masks, massage oils and aromatherapy candles and turn your home into a spa for the day.
  • Brushing someone’s hair can be a very intimate and relaxing way to bond with a loved one. You can try suggesting it while watching a movie together or just before bed in order to let them feel calm and connected with you.

Romantic gestures for someone who enjoys quality time

A couple holds hands while one sits on the sofa and look into each others eyes

Quality time is a thing many couples enjoy together, but it can be difficult when life, work and other commitments get in the way. So make time, get your calendars out if necessary and plan some time when it can be just the two of you doing something fun together.

  • To add extra romance, take a surprise day off work to spend the day with your loved one, go for a picnic, watch a movie or play games together.
  • For a more extravagant gesture, you could take the time to make a kind of treasure hunt for your loved one with clues around your neighborhood or even just your home leading to some kind of small gift.

Ready to make a grand romantic gesture?

That concludes my list of romantic gestures to impress your loved one with, depending on their love language. I hope you can find something that will help you show your appreciation for the special man, woman or person in your life!

Make sure to check out these ideas for writing romantic messages if you want to go one step further and write some love letters or a Valentine’s Day card.

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Pining for a lovers’ retreat minus the gaping hole where your money used to live? Hey, it’s possible! Romantic getaways
don’t actually have to be expensive – only intimate. Preferably, since it’s the experience that you’ll bring home together. Set aside those extravagant money-draining plans and make way for these budget romantic getaway ideas in the US that will suit couples perfectly, young and old alike.

These super romantic getaway ideas are centered around the US, but if you’re looking for the most romantic city destinations worldwide, then… here they are!  

Romantic getaway ideas #1
A night at Orcas Island, Washington

With a mere $200 in your pocket, you can have a stay at Orcas Islands, one of the isles of San Juan near the
Canadian border. Here, you can enjoy a temperate climate, plus the beauty of its still-untouched
nature. Among the many locations here that offer you ferry or puddle-jumper rides across the vast blue
ocean (something you’ll definitely be wanting to take photos of – so learn about keeping your camera protected here), one of the absolute favorites is the 40-acre sanctuary owned by Rosario Resort & Spa. Overlooking the waters, this retreat gives you a chance to unplug; keep away those smartphones as you and your significant other focus on each other. Rooms offer sea views, fireplaces, and outdoor spaces. You can lounge around in this quiet haven, stroll around hand in hand
or indulge yourselves in the local spa, or enjoy the marina on a boat ride before detoxifying in one of the resort’s
adult-only pool.

Romantic getaway ideas #2
Head to the cobblestone charm of Quebec and Montreal

This area is lined with century-old charming stone buildings, where you and your (presumably also charming) lover can inhale an incredible magic. Not only will these elegant boulevards provide the ideal romantic atmosphere, but you’ll also find yourself surrounded by inspired cuisine and rich culture. For food lovers, this holiday is paradise; enjoy sumptuous
gourmands taken from Italian, French, Caribbean and even Chinese flavors! When planning your trip, make sure
to put Mount Royal, Place Des Arts, and the Botanic Gardens at the top of your itinerary. Architecture lovers can enjoy
an unbeatable view of and from St. Joseph’s Oratory and the Notre-Dame Basilica – perhaps you’ll even talk marriage, but no pressure! 😉

Romantic getaway ideas #3
Treat yourself to a taste of California’s wine regions

The perfect romantic getaway is always going to include a sip of the best wine around, right? So why not go to Napa Valley
with the exclusive purpose of enjoying some wine and wanderings? – Sorry, we mean the exclusive purpose of bonding with the GF or BF, obviously. But since wine tours, especially the Wine Train, can take up a pretty hefty
chunk of your budget, why not try the next (but by no means second best) alternative: a beer train called the Hop Train offering splendid views and drinks which will set you back by just $75 per person. You can taste-test the Little Loco Session IPA, along with other signature local brews as you ride along looking at the lush-greens outside the window. When you
reach Napa, head into Paso Robles, a lovely inn that offers a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub for you
and your partner to enjoy. Rooms with a garden view go for less than $150, and may include a
complimentary wine tasting stub at participating wineries.

Psst! A hostel can be great for your wallet – and doesn’t have to be unromantic with the existence of private rooms

Romantic getaway ideas #4
Find your escape in Clayton, New York

Upstate New York carries a little secret in the region of the Thousand Islands. Just the name is enough to get you in the mood, but there’s more… Once, this was a pirate hideout – what could be more romantic? And now that it’s become a famous retreat for the rich, it’s also the ideal place to look for a jazzy new partner if your old one starts to annoy you.😉

Today, Thousand Islands – incidentally the home of the famous salad dressing which you’ll have to try when you’re there – offers some low-cost yet priceless experiences. Along St. Lawrence River, the 1,000 Islands Harbor Hotel welcomes guests with special offers which come under the $200 limit. Alongside this, and for the same miraculous price, Taste 1000 Islands offers wine tasting in its string of wineries nearby.

If you’re looking for a more romantic stay, reserve a room at the Boldt Castle where the ultimate romantic, George C. Boldt, created a summer home for his wife. Sadly (dare we say tragically?), she died shortly after it was finished. With this lovers’ story, the splendid castle is a haunting symbol of their romance and memory.

Worried about a tragic love story of your own? Learn these 9 important tips without getting well and truly fed up of each other!

Romantic getaway ideas #5
Bask in the serenity of Portland, Maine

With sleepy coastal towns surrounded by rugged coastlines, Portland, Maine is a budget romantic vacation favorite, thanks to it being the capital of the best lobsters in the US. The vibrant metropolis offers many opportunities for lovers to spend time together, including a day trip on the boat, a romantic walk to the lighthouse, and of course, the delectable food the locals offer. Portland is also home to many music and arts; and with museums abound, you’ll always find something to do. Enjoy special moments in secluded beaches or enjoy delectable lobster rolls as you walk together along the busy
marketplace.

Romantic getaway ideas #6
Visit the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina

A bluegrass home, Asheville is an outdoorsman’s favorite retreat because of its majestic mountain views, pastoral fields, and undiscovered gems. Here, the colors of nature intertwine with Southern tradition. A culinary destination, the city bursts with many breweries as well as a decadent offering of the local gourmand. You and your significant other can get lost wandering around the picturesque gardens or you can drop by one of the many restaurants that offer their wonderful traditional flavors. For the more athletic among you (how do you do it?), biking, hiking or zip lining activities, as well as wild water rafting in many of its parks are on offer. Among the best itineraries, is a visit to the French Renaissance-style Biltmore Estate, or a trip to the Appalachian Trail.

Make sure you read these 9 important tips before you go backpacking for the first time! 

Romantic getaway ideas #7
Immerse yourself in the Spanish heritage of Savannah

South Carolina prides itself on its Latin roots. Savannah, the Hostess City of the South, welcomes its
visitors with a truly eccentric air. The congenial atmosphere prevails with a mysterious charm,
putting you and your lover directly in the setting of a best selling detective novel. Perhaps it’s got something to do with its moss-canopied grounds or Forsythe Park’s elegant tree-scape, maybe love is in the air (sorry). While you’re here, make sure to visit the Cathedral of St.John the Baptist or give the GF or BF a little scare in the Tybee Island. Savannah also offers its own Taste Experience, which takes 2 hours to half a day, giving you both the complete flavors of the city.

So no, couple getaways don’t have to be expensive. By planning out your trip in advance, and finding the right places
to spend time in, you’ll discover romantic holiday ideas without breaking the bank. While you’re at it,
make sure to save those memories for keeps. Carry a camera, snap a picture, and print out those photos instead of exiling them to your phone –you can even personalize your own postcards if you wish, or create a photo box of memories – to remind you of your romantic adventures in the years to come.

Can’t get enough of our romantic picks? We don’t blame you! Here are 9 more unusual romantic destinations for you and the BF/GF to get exploring in the USA.