How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day If You’re Traveling

December 28, 2022

Valentine’s Day is meant to be a romantic holiday, prompting you to enjoy the company of someone you love. But what if you’re traveling or you have a long-distance relationship? What are the best ways to celebrate if you can’t meet in person?

Send Flowers

One of the most traditional ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day is sending flowers to the person you love. And thankfully, this option is still available to you no matter where you are in the world. If you have access to the internet, you can order flowers online, or even find a local florist who you can call to place an order.

If you do send flowers on Valentine’s Day, make plans as early as possible. As this is one of the most common ways to show affection during this popular romantic holiday, florists and flower shops are often overwhelmed with requests. The earlier you place your order, the more likely that order is to be filled.

Also, make sure you include a romantic, personal note. Flowers are always great, but they mean much more when accompanied by a thoughtful message.

Have a Virtual Date

If you can’t be together in person, consider getting together online. Modern technology makes it easier than ever to connect with people remotely. These are just some of the things you can do together:

·       Taste wine. Purchase similar bottles of wine and host a small, intimate wine tasting together. You can even light candles to set the right mood.

·       Take a class. If you’re looking for something more actively involved, consider taking a class together. There are many online classes available, covering thousands of potential subjects, so there’s sure to be something you’re both interested in.

·       Watch a movie. There are many ways to coordinate watching movies or TV shows online with other people. If you’re willing to put in a bit of work, you can watch a romantic movie together and talk about it afterward.

·       Go on a scavenger hunt. Exercise your creativity by creating and then going on a scavenger hunt in each of your respective cities. Challenge each other to find unique things or take photographs of scenes that remind you of each other.

·       Just chat. Your Valentine’s Day celebration doesn’t have to be extravagant or mind-blowing. Sometimes, a simple conversation with your loved one is enough to remind you of why you’re together.

Coordinate Around Sunrise and/or Sunset

Most of us can agree that sunrise and sunset are beautiful, romantic events, so why not coordinate around them? Almost any activity you plan with your loved one could be enhanced by the backdrop of a setting or rising sun.

Mail Something Handmade

Are you interested in sending a gift? If so, consider mailing something handmade. It will make a much bigger impact than something you can find on store shelves anywhere. Consider learning a new craft or creating a piece of art.

Deliver a Favorite Meal

Would you describe your loved one as food-centric? Even if they aren’t a major foodie, they’ll probably love getting their favorite meal delivered to their door. You don’t need to be in the same city, or even the same country, to send someone a pizza.

Build and Share a Photo Album

If you’ve been with this person for months to years, consider walking through old memories together. You can put together a photo album, or a selection of videos, that best encapsulates the history of your relationship. Watch a slideshow together and relive some of your favorite events and experiences.

Delay Valentine’s Day

Proper Valentine’s Day is February 14, but there’s no reason you can’t delay the celebration if you’re going to be seeing each other in person soon. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day while you’re apart, you can wait to celebrate it when you’re together.

Plan a Visit

If possible, plan for an in person visit. The activities and suggestions in this list are great for maintaining your relationship and having a good time while you’re geographically separate, but there’s no real substitute for being in physical proximity with each other. Depending on your circumstances, you can plan a surprise visit on Valentine’s Day or a few days after – or you might have to wait a few weeks or months before your plans come together. Even if you have to wait, you can spend Valentine’s Day talking about what you’re going to do when you get together next.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is more difficult if you’re traveling or if you’re in a long-distance relationship, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to celebrate or that it’s not worth celebrating. You just have to be a bit more patient and a bit more creative when planning activities.