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Five Ways to Enjoy a Romantic Getaway - On A Budget

Think that a Romantic getaway is synonymous with a fairytale budget?

Think again.

The Romance you get out of a trip is based on the Romance you put in the trip, an investment far more important than money.

Here are some tips for arranging a romantic getaway when your heart is far more full than your pocketbook:

Take a mini-vacation in your hometown. Call your chamber of commerce or convention & visitors bureau & get a visitors guide. Find one place where the two of you have never been. Dine at a restaurant you've never visited or have a picnic in a park you've never stopped to enjoy before.

*Picnic on your vacation to save money.

Create a five-star atmosphere with a basket of cheese & crackers & a bottle of wine.

*Staying at an inexpensive motel?

Send your partner to the ice machine then do your own turndown service. Turn back the covers, put chocolates on the pillows, and light some candles.

*Can't afford a getaway?

Create your own at home. Pick a destination & live there for a night. Serve French food and French wine.

Have a fiesta with margaritas and Mexican food. Learn a few words of the local language. Get a CD of local music or rent a movie shot on site.

*Want to make your lover feel first class--when you're riding in coach?

Before your trip, pack a special bag of first class treats--expensive chocolates, cashews, almonds--then order some wine or your favorite drink.

Bring along two colorful napkins or placemats. Enjoy a romantic picnic at 30,000 feet.

About the Author:
Husband and wife team Paris Permenter and John Bigley have authored over 20 guidebooks and also edit the FREE Lovetripper.com, a romantic travel magazine featuring worldwide destinations