Passion to keep romance alive is a priority for Brits this Valentine’s Day, despite the rising cost of European breaks.
As the pound continues to flail, Brits are booking breaks to less-famous European destinations in the lead up to Valentine’s Day to make most of their money.
“In these tougher times, romantic types are not only looking for value for money, but are also demanding destinations that are new and exciting,” said Casia Zajac from ABTA.
“It’s not surprising that cities such as Budapest and Antwerp are proving popular as we keep a tighter grip on the purse strings. They have intriguing histories and a frisson for the perfect romantic adventure.”
Then and Now
|Old Romantic Hotspots||More-Love-For-Your-Money||Bargains Uncovered|
|Venice||Bologna (Italy) Choose architecture over canals. Famous for its cuisine, you’ll find great tasting authentic Italian food for a lot less than in Venice or Rome.||Three nights bed and breakfast, 4* hotel in the city centre, flights included, from £330 per person|
|Paris||Antwerp (Belgium) Its northern cool rivals that of Paris and Copenhagen, but without hitting their high prices.||Three nights bed and breakfast, 4* Hilton on Groenplaats, city centre, travelling by Eurostar from £294 per person|
|Barcelona||Berlin (Germany) With a pulsating nightlife that’s on par with its European counterparts, your pound will go further in Berlin?||Two nights bed and breakfast, 4* hotel in city centre, flights included, from £241.42 per person|
|Prague||Budapest (Hungary) More cosmopolitan, romantic and beautiful than Prague, Budapest is less tourist-trodden and still feels like a find.||Two nights bed and breakfast, 3* hotel in the city centre, flights included, from £351 per person|
|London||Liverpool (England) Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2008 has a great range of cultural offerings to rival the capital’s, and its steep prices.||Two nights bed and breakfast, 3* hotel in the city centre, from £55 per night|
How can you guarantee your Valentines getaway is a great one?
If you are planning a Valentines trip with your loved one, you want to make sure the memories you make are good ones. Get it right and he/she will be swooning. Get it wrong and regret it for years to come.
“Romantic breaks are the one time when everything has to be right. Booking a package, which can include breakfasts, taxes and service not only look like good value, but provide financial protection and added extras which really make a break away special” continued Casia Zajac.
ABTA’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Romantic Valentines Day Break:
ABTA Members can offer: