Unexpected Valentine’s Day ideas that will take your date by surprise 2020
Valentine's Day is usually dinner and roses - and while there's nothing wrong with that, sometimes it's fun to step outside the box.
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Sitting down to dinner together at home can be a sweet way to spend Valentine's Day, but there are plenty of options that will liven up the evening if you feel like stepping out of your comfort zone. Get your camera ready, because these ideas will have you the envy of all your friends.
1. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
It's romantic, it's memorable, and you can do it from nearly every major city. Bonus points: it's not as expensive as you think.RedBalloon has dozens of deals on hot air balloon rides, many of which come with yummy extras like breakfast or bubbly. Win-win!
2. Book a romantic weekend away
Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, which couldn't be better timing.
To save you the effort, Flight Centre has a dedicated section for flight and hotel packages so all you have to do is decide where you want to spend the weekend.
Bonus tip: tell your partner you're planning dinner Friday night and to clear the weekend because it'll be a big night.
Then pack their bag in secret and drive to the airport instead.
3. Or simply book a hotel room in your own city
Staycations give you all the benefits of a holiday without the lengthy travel time.
Spend your mini-getaway in the pool, the spa and your room without ever having to worry about making the bed or washing dishes.
The next morning, indulge in breakfast in bed or head to a new spot for brunch.
Search below to see what's available.
4. Tickle their funny bone
Laughter is a great way to get to someone's heart and a night at a comedy club pairs well with dinner and drinks.
See a headline act or discover your new favourite up-and-coming comedian at a stand-up or open-mic night.
For ideas, head to TodayTix to see what cheap tickets are floating around.
5. Indulge in a couples massage
Schedule in an hour or two of total relaxation with your date without needing to return the favour.
You'll still get all the brownie points of helping them unwind without having to lift a finger.
If you're up for a challenge, try something new like a hot stone or Thai massage. See what's on offer on Groupon.
6. Cook up some love
Shop local and head to your nearest market for all the ingredients you'll need to create a romantic, home-cooked meal.
Or, take some notes from the experts at a couples' cooking class where you can learn to make authentic Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian or French dishes.
7. Failing that – stay home and make cocktails.
There should be some form of food too, of course, but why not order a few spirits, a cocktail shaker, and a packet of ridiculous mini umbrellas (optional), and spend an evening attempting to recreate your favourite cocktail.Dan Murphy's has a hefty collection of cocktail recipes online, or you can pick up a stylish looking mixologist's cocktail book.
8. Or leave it to the professionals and get wined and dined
You could stay classic and treat your sweetheart to dinner at their favourite restaurant or step outside your comfort zone and try something completely new.
It could be exotic cuisine, a dessert-only restaurant or a dinner completely in the dark.
9. Experience an adrenaline rush. Skydiving, perhaps?
Did you know that nothing brings people closer together than a surge of adrenaline?
Go as mild as watching a scary movie, or as hardcore as skydiving, bungee jumping, or diving with sharks.
If the latter suggestions take you fancy, check out the aptly named Adrenaline's thrill-list of experiences.
10. Get sweaty.... in the great outdoors
Sometimes it takes a tourist to make us remember the ridiculously beautiful nature that's in our backyard.
Go on a digital detox this weekend by going for a hike. Common sense says if you plan a picnic, your date will love it.
Check out your city's website for a list of nearby walking tracks (Sydneysiders, this is yours).
11. Brewery or wine tasting
Whatever your poison, there's a vineyard, cellar or distillery out there that'll make for a perfect date night.RedBalloon got dozens of tours on offer from the bar crawl variety to posh private tours with limo service.
If you're searching for something a little more pocket friendly, Groupon features heavily discounted tours and tastings, too.
13. Challenge each other
Seek out a nearby board game cafe or bar and spend a couple of hours with something classic and lighthearted like Monopoly or really up the ante with a match of Settlers of Catan.
See what they're made of under pressure but try to keep things civil.
14. Book a last minute cruise and leave, like, tomorrow.
Did you know that cruises heavily discount their prices in the last week or two before they leave?
It makes sense, because hey – once the ship leaves the harbour, that money's not coming back. Check out article on where to book cruises online, and see if you could be sailing away in a matter of days.
15. Book plane tickets. Anywhere
Are you ready to make the Big Gesture? Trying to out-romance Romeo? Do you want to sweep – oh, you get the point. Go big or go home, right? Book plane tickets. Anywhere.
Just get a couple of tickets, print them out, pop 'em in a card and start planning an adventure.
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