When you think of romantic getaways, it doesn’t take much to guess what’s on our mind. Venice, Paris, five star hotels, maybe access to your own swimming pool. Even in these, more austere times, a camping trip probably doesn’t make it the top five of your fantasy destination. Well, today we’re going to change your mind, and prove definitively that packing up your camping equipment and heading into the great beyond can make for the most romantic weekend there is.
Reason One: Sleeping Under the Stars
Paris may have some pretty amazing night time views, but even it can’t compete with a clear night sky once you get clear of the light pollution. Think candle-lit dinners are romantic? How about curling up together under a blanket next to a campfire?
Then, when it gets cold and you want to get to bed, you can’t get much more snug than curling up in double sleeping bags.
Reason Two: No Itinerary
If you go on a city break you’re going to want to see all that city’s famous landmarks. If you go to Paris and don’t see the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc De Triomphe, and the Louvre, and Parc Asterix, then why go at all? The danger is, in your bid to cram everything you possibly can into your weekend, you can actually end up stressing yourself out, and not really finding the time to just enjoy yourself.
Getting out into the country for a few days is a great way to leave everything behind. With just each other for company, and few landmarks more must-see than the country pub a short walk away, you can really remind yourself just what it is about each other’s company you love so much.
Reason Three: Things To Do
On the other hand, despite city breaks being absolutely packed with must-see tourist attractions, after a day or two you may come to realise you’re not actually doing anything. You go to the thing, you look at the thing, then maybe take a picture of the thing. Afterwards you can get lunch somewhere.
Paradoxically, out in the middle of nowhere you can find plenty to do. While even the most basic activities like putting tents up or making a campfire can be great things for couples to do together, once you go further afield the countryside offers all sorts of opportunities for entertainment. Rock climbing and canoeing are both great fun and can give you a real sense of achievement, while if you can get a fishing permit you can have all the fun of just relaxing and watching view, with the potential bonus of free dinner at the end of it.
It’s one thing going somewhere together, it’s another thing doing something together, and it can give you memories to treasure.
Reason Four: You Can Let Your Hair Down
When you’re living in a tent, and only have access to the campsites bathroom facilities, it’s impossible to keep up the immaculately stylish outfits and perfect hair that you’re normally known for. This may actually be a good thing. Letting your hair down for a few days in each other’s company is a great way to build intimacy, and make yourself a bit more comfortable around each other.
Reason Five: It’s Just The Two of You
These days it’s rare that you’re ever really alone with someone. Even if there are just two of you in the room, there’s the phone line, your mobile phone, and through your mobile access to your emails and your twitter account and your facebook page.