How many movie scenes have we seen where one character just hops on a plane to see their loved one across the country, or whisks them away on a romantic trip to the other side of the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the freedom to fly whenever and wherever you want, no matter what the cost? Unfortunately, outside of Hollywood most of us don’t have such luxuries. Instead, if we want to treat someone we love to a vacation, we have to find flights that are ridiculously early in the morning, working out if you can get away with just hand luggage, and convincing yourself that the hotel room is “unique”, not “prison-like”.
We don’t think you should have to scrimp on romance. What better way to show someone you love them than giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a new destination? It certainly beats a new pair of slippers under the Christmas tree.
However, unless you have an endless pot of money from which you can pull out 5-star hotels and first-class flights at the drop of a hat, romance often comes at a ridiculous cost. For instance, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, two of the biggest holidays of the year, can cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, for just a few nights away.
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Hipmunk found that you’ll pay an average of 25% more for a hotel room on and around 14 February than you would on a ‘normal’ day. Some hotels in the US charge a massive 114% more for a room over the holiday. That’s not even calculating the cost of roses, dinner, and champagne which come with it.
And if you think that’s bad, don’t hold your breath for the shocking prices of hotel rooms on New Year’s Eve. $350+ per night is the standard in most big US cities, like New York City and Miami. In Atlantic City, there is a 586% increase in price compared to the week afterwards. Although it’s a lovely surprise for your partner, it’s hard to enjoy it yourself when you know just how much you’re spending to be there.
That doesn’t matter though. If you don’t want to pay the exorbitant hotel fees, then just don’t go away on those dates. Pick another important date like an anniversary or birthday and it’ll have just the same romantic effect, right?
Location, location, location...
It also depends on where you go. When you think of love and travel, your mind probably drifts towards the likes of New York City at Christmas, or maybe somewhere like Paris and Rome, the two places nicknamed ‘The City of Love’. Of course, these are perfect for a weekend away together: beautiful food, plenty of exciting things to do together, plus the romantic reputation of each place adds something special to the whole experience. Hotels in the Big Apple costs around $276 per night according to NYC and Company, and that’s just the cost of the room. What about the flights to New York, the dinners out at restaurants, the Broadway shows and the shopping you’ll inevitably end up doing?
The European destinations aren’t much better. Parisian hotels cost between €123 and €180 per night and a basic hotel in Rome will be €147, and that’s only for a bare-bones room rather than a luxurious romantic escape; less of a Hilton and more of a hostel. Of course, if you like hostels then go for it, the world is your oyster. However, lots of people want to treat their loved one to somewhere a bit different and high-class. So that’s €400 minimum ($454 or £353) just for a long weekend in a hotel room, then you need to add the cost of getting there, dining and enjoying the whole experience together. Your wallet would be better off ditching Rome and staying at home.
Guides to cheap flight and hotel hacks usually tell you to book in advance to get the best prices. Most people try to get around extra costs by booking in advance. In fact, 38% of people booked 3 to 4 months before the departure date of their travel plans. 18% make their reservations 2 months in advance, and only 9% of people wait until less than a month before they’re supposed to travel. Yet, even planning ahead can leave you scraping the pennies together from the bottom of your bank account. There’s no guarantee that what you see is the best deal you’ll get, but at least you’ve secured your reservation and the price so you don’t have to wait and worry about missing out.
The problem with booking so far in advance is that so many tickets are now non-refundable, which means if something awful was to happen in between, like a medical problem or a breakup, you won’t get your money back.
Searching last minute isn’t completely fruitless, despite what you may think. Impulse trips are something that a lot of us have thought about at some point; 30% of searches on travel websites and one in four hotel mobile sites are for same-day or next-day check-in. It just seems to be the cost that gets in the way of us making the final purchase. Never fear, there is a way to get hotels and flights at the same price as an advanced ticket.
How? We hear you cry (we have very good ears). Prices notoriously rocket the closer it is to the departure date, so it seems silly to wait until the eleventh hour. That’s where TransferTravel comes in! The listings on our website are posted by couples who can no longer use the booking they made months in advance. The good news for you is that they’re selling vacations that are less than a month away at the same price they bought it for, although most of our sellers list their travel plans for 30% or more off.
Money is one of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to booking a trip away, alongside the recommendations of friends, family and online reviewers. The cost of a last-minute flight or hotel room often turns people away from buying; more than 60% of U.S. travellers would consider an impulse trip based on a good hotel or flight deal. A vacation bought from one of the sellers on TransferTravel.com means no frustratingly high costs, but all the spontaneity of a last-minute vacation.
Stuck for ideas?
If the price of a spontaneous break is your concern, we’ve clearly got that covered. What if you’re stuck for inspiration? New York City, Paris and Rome might not be particularly appealing to you anymore, but where else can you take your partner for the ultimate romantic trip? Well, all our listings are pre-booked by people who’ve done all the research and planning already, which means that you can treat the TransferTravel marketplace as a list of personal recommendations from couples all over the globe.
The spontaneous getaway isn’t dying out; quite the opposite actually. With TransferTravel, you know that you can discover unique and wonderful experiences that you’d never have considered for you and your loved one. On top of that, you can feel good about helping another couple (or someone heartbroken and newly-single) who can’t use their booking — extra brownie points for you!
What are you waiting for? Whisk them away for an incredible trip together with one of our amazing couples breaks.