Affordable Vacation Ideas for Couples

A vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time, but it does come with its own kind of stress. You can’t do stressful things like packing a suitcase full of holiday clothes or racing to the airport to make a flight with just anybody. If you’re in a relatively new relationship, you may be so excited that you want to plan a romantic vacation with them after two or three months. But research suggests you should resist the urge and wait until you’re past the six-month point. 

According to a survey conducted by Visit Anaheim, 10 months is the magic number of months it takes for couples who want to vacation together (successfully). But once you’ve decided it’s time, you’ll need to figure out where to go without busting your budget. Here are a couple of great vacation ideas to look into once you’ve hit the 10-month mark. 

New York in Winter

You may think that New York is expensive, and it certainly is for the people who live there. But if you visit at the right time, you can get a relatively affordable vacation in one of the greatest cities in the world. 

So when is the off-season in the Big Apple? Try January or February, or perhaps even early March, if you want to get the best hotel prices. Crowds aren’t as bad during the off-season either, although since it’s New York, you’re always going to feel like you’re waiting in line for something. Planning ahead can be a big help even during the coldest winter days, though.

If you want to see a Broadway show, you probably don’t want to stand outside in sub-freezing temperatures hoping to snag last-minute tickets to hit shows like Hadestown or The Book of Mormon. And there’s no need to do that when you can buy Book of Mormon tickets online. Use the time you saved to get a cup of hot chocolate before the show instead. 

While laughter is sexy, if you’re visiting in February, you may be looking for a more romantic show with your sweetheart. Broadway has you covered there as well. Moulin Rouge! is one of the hottest tickets in town, but don’t fret if that’s out of your budget. A long-running show like The Phantom of the Opera still has plenty of heat, and tickets are usually much easier to snag.  

The State of Georgia

If you think of Georgia, the first city that pops in your head is likely Atlanta. Atlanta is the biggest city in the state, and it’s projected to get even bigger in the coming years. Yet the state has a lot more to offer than Atlanta, even though Atlanta is a fun place to visit. If you want something a bit more quiet and intimate, head to where History Has a Name

Henry County’s motto is “Comfortably South of Atlanta,” and the county is about 30 miles south of the Atlanta airport. But the keyword there is “comfortably,” not “Atlanta.” You’ll feel right at home in a place like Henry County. As far as lodging goes, Henry County offers everything from a no-frills hotel room to a romantic suite with room service. 

If you’re not from the South originally, you’ll be amazed by all the fine Southern food that’s available. You can start your morning with a traditional Southern breakfast of biscuits and gravy, then order up a mouthwatering barbecue plate for lunch. But the county’s food scene isn’t just about fried foods and gravy. For a change of pace, make reservations at a sushi restaurant. Yes, sushi exists in Georgia, and it’s quite good. Whether you’re in Locust Grove or Stockbridge, you’re sure to have plenty of options for a romantic dinner for two. No one will rush you out of the restaurant, either. In Henry County, you’re allowed to take your time and enjoy your food rather than race through a meal without tasting it. 

Ruby Guzman

Style Editor

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