Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Plan a Romantic Getaway

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Plan a romantic getaway with these two books.

One of the things my husband and I most enjoy doing together is traveling. Whether it’s a trip big or small, we enjoy seeing new parts of the world. Although not all trips have to be anywhere. My husband’s birthday is at the end of this month and we’re going to spend a weekend doing many of the things we haven’t done in the city before. If you and your special someone also love exploring, a fun Valentine’s Day Gift might be planning a romantic getaway to somewhere the two of you haven’t been together!

I was thinking about travel this weekend, because in addition to our upcoming staycation we are also planning a weekend trip to San Francisco and a cross-country trip later this spring. I went in search of a couple of books that could help us with our own planning, and it struck me that a travel book could be the sexiest of all Valentine’s gifts.

Two of the most interesting travel books I found include:

Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke: This all-encompassing travel guide features approximately 100 exciting destinations like Buenos Aires, Brazil, Columbia, Greece, and Thailand, and everything college students, grads, and those in their twenties and thirties want to know about them, including: the cities with the craziest sex shops; the best places to get a tattoo; where to check out some amazing street art; why you should try fried bugs; the best clubs to party until dawn; and much more.

The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada: The New York Times has been offering up dream weekends with practical itineraries in its popular weekly “36 Hours” column since 2002. The many expert contributors, experienced travelers, and accomplished writers all have brought careful research, insider’s knowledge, and a sense of fun to hundreds of cities and destinations, always with an eye to getting the most out of a short trip. Want to read what Sam Sifton suggests in his beloved borough of Brooklyn, or David Carr advises in Minneapolis, Mark Bittman in Death Valley, or Ariel Kaminer in Lower Manhattan? Here is where to do it, with full-color photographs to entice you and handy maps to guide you.

Here’s my idea of a dream Valentine’s Day: Curled up on the couch together, splitting a bottle of wine, while plotting out our next romantic getaway. I can’t be the only one, right?

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