Top Valentine’s Day deals on experiences
Valentine’s Day is all about reconnecting with loved ones and planning a special experience for your partner can be a wonderful way to spend quality time together. Depending on what your relationship needs, you could go for a novel experience like skydiving, or you could book a staycation at a nearby hotel for some undisturbed one-on-one time. In the mood for an epicurean adventure? Lots of breweries and wineries are offering discounted tastings right now, with social distancing precautions in place.
- We love the idea of buying a voucher for food, drinks or salon services near you since it’s a great way to support small businesses while pampering your love.
Groupon: Up to 70% off massages and other feel-good services.
The exact pricing depends on the studio, but we’re seeing treatments of all kinds, including foot massages, Swedish massages, Thai massages and more on sale for up to 70% off. Search by your location to see what’s for sale near you.
In Los Angeles right now, for example, multiple massage studios are offering one-hour rubs for less than $40. That’s a pretty amazing deal, considering the national average for a one-hour massage is $60 hourly.
- With Groupon, you can send a massage voucher as a gift via email, adding a personal note and even scheduling the delivery date.
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Living Social: Big discounts on socially-distanced winery tours and yummy takeout.
If you want to treat your love to a scrumptious spread, head to Living Social, which has lots of deals on restaurants, cafes and even bars. For instance, Chicagoans can score a 50% off voucher for Sapori Trattoria, 38% off a guided meadery tour or 30% off a brewery tour and tasting for two at Short Fuse Brewery.
Search by your city to see how you can save. You might be surprised to discover some neighborhood haunts you didn’t know existed.
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CheapTickets: Book a hotel room for a romantic escape for less than $49 nightly.
Getting a change of scenery doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. CheapTickets has a feature that lets you see discounted rates for less than $49, and you can also search nearby hotels for a romantic staycation away from home. Tip — for the lowest price, avoid scheduling your trip on Valentine’s Day itself. Shifting your stay to the weekend before or after will help you save money for extra bottles of champagne.
- If you like the idea of a romantic getaway but CheapTickets doesn’t have what you need, browse romantic Valentine’s Day packages to see tailor-made escapes that include extras like candlelit dinner on the beach.
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BookVIP: Book an all-inclusive resort in a tropical paradise for less than $100 daily per person.
If you’re prepared to splurge, check out BookVIP’s deals right now. We’re kind of obsessed with the low prices at resorts in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana and other sit-back-and-relax destinations. Staying local? Book a deal in Las Vegas, Orlando or Palm Springs.
Here are a few of our favorite deals:
- Welk Resorts Palm Springs — $200 for three nights in a one-bedroom suite, including a couples’ massage.
- Omni Cancun Resort — $500 per couple for five nights at this all-included resort. Yes, that includes unlimited pina coladas.
- Grand Ventura Hotel in Puerto Vallarta — $350 per couple for four nights at this all-included resort.
- Hotel Indigo in Savannah, Georgia — $250 per couple for three nights in this bohemian hotel, a converted 19th-century warehouse. This includes a scenic harbor cruise or trolley tour, and a $100 restaurant dining voucher.
- Tahiti Village in Las Vegas — $200 for three nights in a two-bedroom suite, including a $200 resort credit and $300 BookVIP credit.
The catch with BookVIP is that you might need to sit through a timeshare presentation while you’re down there. But this shouldn’t last longer than a couple of hours, and you aren’t obligated to buy anything.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, many states require out-of-state travelers to provide proof of a negative test or submit to a period of quarantine on arrival. Check your destination state's requirements before booking your travel.
When planning international travel, check each country's border status. Even if the country is open to US travelers, you may be subject to a COVID-19 test, mandatory quarantine and other restrictions.
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If your partner or kids are adrenaline junkies, shop this site for deals on helicopter rides, skydiving, hot air ballooning, horseback riding and other exciting experiences. Live in a cold climate? Well, there’s such a thing as indoor skydiving.
To find the best prices, head to the Adrenaline website and hit Today’s Deals. You’ll see discounts like 37% off skydiving in Orlando, 25% off a private helicopter tour in Los Angeles and 60% off 10 laps at the Nashville Speedway.
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Traveling during COVID-19
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When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.