Vacations are not about getting away, but about getting in 'touch,' " according to a Chinese fortune. Although trips can test the strength and longevity of couples, they can also create a special kind of intimacy and allow each partner to feel more free to express his emotions and feelings.
Plan your trip with your loved one. The last thing you want is to surprise her with a trip to Aruba and later find out that she's always dreamed of visiting Hawaii. Ask her where she has always wanted to spend time and choose a destination together. Schedule the trip for a convenient time for her and her work or personal schedule. The element of surprise is always romantic, but you can surprise her with gifts and romantic activities while you're on the trip.
Research romantic vacation destinations and select one. "Travel and Leisure" magazine has an online list of the 50 most romantic places on Earth, which includes New York City; Positano, Italy; Morocco; Montreal; Bruges, Belgium; the Puerto Rican island of Vieques; Tozeur, Tunisia; and Sedona, Arizona. The article also lists the world's most romantic hotels, cruises, spas and restaurants. Also enlist the help of your friends, relatives and colleagues, who might be able to offer suggestions.
Plan your accommodations and itinerary with your partner. Perhaps he'll want to stay at an upscale hotel one night or a cozy bed and breakfast the following evening. If you both prefer different types of accommodations and locations, compromise. Plan your activities to the extent possible by doing online research, asking friends for suggestions and reading travel guides. Remember, however, that travelers often stumble upon intimate spots during their trips, so be open to being spontaneous, which can spark romance at the most unexpected of times.