Going on a romantic getaway with your partner is a good idea. It would be a great time for you to catch up and celebrate special occasions together. It’s nice to have such moments amidst your fully packed schedules and buckets of tasks at work and at home. It’s not all the time that you get to go on a trip to rest and relax as one, so it’s a probably a much needed time for every busy couple out there.
Yes, it’s definitely an exciting event to be in, but surely, the preparations you have to make are no joke, most especially if you are looking forward to having a very beautiful romantic getaway. Sometimes, you might already know what to do and what to remember, but what you tend to forget is to leave out some unhelpful things from your to-do list.
Below are things you must absolutely avoid for a stress-free preparation:
 OVERLOOKING YOUR SCHEDULES
One of the main reasons that the both of you decide to go on a special trip together is that your work schedules rarely let you do so. That is why when preparing for this special time, you must not forget to set your schedules perfectly fitting in your plans.
Giving a focused attention to preparing for your travel is important so you will not miss out on anything, but forgetting not to set your schedules very well is even more crucial. Sometimes, some responsibilities and appointments need some working days to be fulfilled, which means you need to keep your time managed wisely and precisely.
If you overlook your schedules because of too much excitement in your preparations, you might fail to notice that there are still some obligations which you have not carried out. Don’t forget to check if you have any commitments that lie within your planned trip dates, so you won’t get surprised if someone calls and reminds you of your scheduled meetups and so you won’t find yourself in those straining scenarios.
Overlooking your schedules is a big problem because time is gold, and if there’s any chief arrangements in line for you while you are enjoying your getaway, they could hand you big troublesome thoughts. Do not be complacent about your schedules and commitments; check out your calendars first before settling on any date.
 BOOKING AN ACCOMMODATION LATE
Although walk-ins are available, it is still better to plan and book beforehand a place where you both can stay in while you are on your romantic getaway. If you will do so, do not book too late near your arranged trip, so you can still make changes if the need arises.
Most likely, booking your accommodation late also reduces your time and chance to choose the best out of them all and/or the one you really desire the most. Of course, you will be looking for a really nice place, especially if you’re planning for a staycation, so you need ample time to think and consider many factors.
Also, if you book in the last minute before your need, rates might be higher than if you book on a further date before your getaway. That minuses practicality on your plans if it is part of it.
 NOT MAKING A CHECKLIST OF YOUR STUFF
It’s not required, but you wouldn’t lose anything if you make a checklist of the things you are going to bring for your getaway. Most importantly if you will be staying for more than a day in that place or in different destinations, it will be helpful if you can monitor what things to bring and what to leave.
A checklist before packing your things will be your guide to know if you have forgotten to put some essential things in your travel bag. You can even specify the clothes that you will bring, so you will have a clearer idea of what you will be packing. That deducts hassle and time spent on fixing your things.
Not making a checklist of your items might make you neglect to bring the indispensable ones to your trip and you might also do the same when you are already packing again to go back home. You can make an individual checklist and a mutual checklist for you and your partner’s things as well.
 FORGETTING YOUR OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
When you are already out on your getaway, as much as possible, do not check your work mails and other notes related to getting stressed out and bothered, especially if they are not urgent. If you are on a formal vacation leave, then it’s your right to spend your precious time with the leave you filed; it’s a time to set aside all your work stuff.
While the above-mentioned statement is true, that does not mean you will just leave your obligations without preparation, support and enough air to breathe. Even before you leave for your couple trip, make sure you have accomplished your needed-to-be-done assignments and have made way for other chores to go smoothly.
Forgetting them during your preparation is definitely wrong because you still have time to adjust and do what you have to do for them not to suffer together with its progress and the people you will entrust the duties with.
Before your proper planning and even while you are making decisions regarding your couple occasion, see to it that you will be leaving your work and other responsibilities in the right and adjustable state. You don’t want to be disturbed and distracted by work news and reports during your special getaway. At the same time, you don’t want to come home to mountainous workloads.
Putting away any work-related and stress-related kind of topics for a little while is needed for you to enjoy your right for a romantic getaway as a break, but that does not mean you have to let your to-do lists suffer too hard. It’s you who will also suffer if you cease to give them the right attention.
 CHOOSING WHAT ONLY ONE AGREES WITH
Since you are going on a romantic getaway, you need to be mutually alright with all the plans — from the schedules down to the food, the accommodation, the activities, the transportation and everything else. If only one is fine with the final plans, then it might not be a completely fun trip that the both of you will enjoy, or at first, one might not seem to be happy about it.
Going with what you only want is unfair to your partner and vice versa. Indeed, the one who doesn’t agree much can still enjoy the time because he/she is with his/her loved one, but that’s because of love and relationship. The fun will probably not be as much as if he/she also agrees with the total agenda for the trip.
Because you are a couple, you should not just regard what you think is good and what you want. You have to know what the other likes and dislikes too. You are not going on a solo trip, so be fair. Be a good listener and communicator, so you can have a well-made plan pleasing for the both of you.
Of course, it’s best if you are both have your thumbs up on every detail of your plan. Always consult each other’s opinions, suggestions and likes, so that you can have a peaceful planning and an even more colorful and creative romantic getaway.
Not planning together might cause arguments that may lead to the cancellation of your trip or to the “less happy” tone of it.
PLAN AWAY THE GETAWAY!
Planning and preparing for a romantic getaway are both fun and challenging because there are several things to consider in order to achieve a successful one. You are there together to help each other in coming up with cool and wise plans for an unforgettably awesome romantic getaway. It’s your special time, so make everything special from the preparation to the event itself and even up to the last second of it!
AUTHOR BIO: Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Kims, a beachside retreat in Australia offering awesome beachside lodges like no other. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.