Op-Ed: New types of romantic getaways this Valentine’s Day


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Alexandria Leland, Staff Writer

Our lives became more than strained in 2020 and we are still feeling the effects. Life has been turned upside down, run over and then stepped on again, possibly like a lot of our hearts. The good news is, love heals all and just like COVID-19, it is in the air. 

The dating and romantic relationship world had to navigate the landscape of love a little differently than ever before. We have had to turn to stay home, ordering take out and racking our brains for extra creativity juices on how to spice up our love life. 

Once again, this weekend is calling for you to do just that and to make it even more special. It may seem like your creative well has run dry by now, but we have your back. 

The acts that come with celebrating Valentine’s Day are very important. It can be easy to lose your appreciation for your partner with the monotony of everyday life. This weekend is the time to take a step back to think about what your partner values and how you can show your gratitude for their positive presence. There are a few things to consider when doing this and one of them is understanding their love language. 

There are five love languages: acts of service, gift-giving and receiving, quality time, physical touch and words of affirmation. 

Picture a world where just you two exist. What does it look like? What does it feel like? This weekend is your chance to do that. With conditions just right to not have to interact with anyone else, you can create a romantic getaway at home or close to it. We all know love can take you anywhere, so use its power to do just that. And let it be COVID-19 safe. 

Drop Everything and Run (Into the Sunset)

What is more romantic than running away together? Nothing. Live out your rom-com movie dreams by dressing up to drive wherever your heart takes you. Throw on a lovey-dovey playlist like “Love Pop” on Spotify and enjoy some quality time together. It’s all about the journey, not the destination, right?

Bake Something

You would think it’s controversial to be getting your hands dirty in times like these. But within the walls of your own kitchen and confined to the corridors of your and your partner’s mouth cavity, go ahead and get that flour and sugar everywhere. 

There are few things that measure up to the excitement of learning something new and creating along the way. Especially when this activity is done with someone you love spending time with. Invest in your happiness and baking skills by delving into a new recipe. Check out a list of dishes here.

Go to Belgium

You might be thinking, “Did I just read that title right?” Well, the answer is yes, yes you did. Google has virtual tours available online through their arts and culture website. You can choose from more than 10 museums to explore, including the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Belgium. 
Travel restrictions may be in play but that does not mean we can’t experience the world’s offerings of art and culture. Step outside of Central New York and click your heels, I mean mouse, three times, to have an interactive experience through Google Arts and Culture.