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The Top 5 Travel Trends in 2021

Lindsay G.

Take a Much-Needed Trip This Valentine's Day!

If you're like many people, the four walls of your home may feel like they're closing in on you. After a year spent at home, we're ALL a little antsy to get out again! But taking baby steps might be the best way to travel before jumping into a week-long vacation. If you're ready to take a much-needed trip, how about planning something for Valentine's Day? This annual celebration of love is on Sunday this year, and it's the perfect time for a romantic getaway, maybe even an exciting three-day weekend! Here are a few tips to make your V-Day trip a success.

Leave the Kids at Home

Sorry kids - it's been a while since mom and dad have had the opportunity to be alone. While you're at it, leave the household responsibilities and work obligations home as well! Take this time to reconnect with your sweetie without the stress of everyday life.

Need some vacation inspiration? How about cozying up together at The Lodges at the Great Smoky Mountains in the picturesque town Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? Or perhaps you want to soak up some sun at the gorgeous Sea Palace Resort in St. Maarten. Know that our destinations are safely open and ready to help make your getaway magical!

Plan Your Trip Together

Let the planning process be a way to build excitement. Connect with your partner and enjoy playful chats about your special time together. Researching destinations, activities, and nearby restaurants can bring couples together and build anticipation for the upcoming getaway.

Disconnect from Tech

It's easy to get wrapped up in your phone or laptop, but Valentine's Day is for together time. Disconnecting from technology and hectic schedules improves intimacy between couples. According to Jonathan Alpert, a psychotherapist in New York City, a weekend getaway can "boost your mental and emotional health." Make a commitment to unplug during the majority of the day so your attention is on each other, not on a screen.

Create Adventures to Remember

Don't sit around on vacation - find something fun to do! Create an adventure to remember. All of our resorts have great things to do nearby. If you're visiting the Sea Palace Resort in St. Maarten, take a ride down the Flying Dutchman, the world's steepest zip line! Or enjoy the turquoise blue water by riding the waves together on a Jet Ski rented at Sea Fun SXM Watersports Center.

Don't Forget the Romantic Meal

Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a romantic meal for two. Whether you make reservations at a fancy restaurant or choose to create a candlelit dinner at your home away from home, this is the opportunity to pull out all the stops! Get dressed up, write each other love notes, share a special desert... whatever it takes to let your sweetie know you care.

If you've decided to stay at 84 Main in the scenic town of Kennebunk, Maine, Ocean Avenue hosts shops, tons of delicious restaurants, and an incredible view of the ocean. Visit Arundel Wharf and enjoy a menu loaded with Maine Lobster entrees.

Don't Forget a Momento!

Valentine's Day doesn't have to include expensive gifts. Look for something special to bring home from your trip. Something as little as a seashell from the beach can bring back vacation memories for years to come. It's a special occasion, so look for something unique that you can take home to remind you how lucky you are!

Need More Inspiration?

Visit the Destinations page on our website to browse through all of your resort options this Valentine's Day. We wish you a wonderful, loved-fill vacation!