Be Spontaneous This Valentine’s Day

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It’s easy and perhaps a little too convenient to fall into a Valentine’s Day routine, and then simply follow it year after year; a box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers and a meal down the local Italian restaurant. Granted, there’s nothing wrong with playing it safe – but surely a bit of spontaneity would make a welcome change?

Why not break from the usual Valentine’s Day clichés and embrace the spirit of spontaneity. Instead of a treating your loved one to a Valentine’s Day shopping trip down the high street; sweep them off their feet with a surprise city break. Use your imagination and dare to be different.

We’ve pulled together a few ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ to get you on the right track this Valentine’s Day. The rest is up to you…

Did you know?

According to Dr Ben Voyer, a psychologist at The London School of Economics, we’re actually all born to be spontaneous. The instincts we’re born with “actually help us free ourselves from the barriers that usually affect our decision making.” The pressures of conforming to modern day society, however, mean that “we suppress these natural spontaneous instincts.”

If any of our spontaneous Valentine’s Day ideas take your fancy, why not share it? You never know, your partner might take the hint..!


DON’T plan a romantic stroll on the beach
DO something different like rock climbing!

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DON’T just go into town
DO take a city break

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DON’T go clubbing again
DO spend an evening at the theatre

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DON’T make another mix tape
DO get your rocks off at a gig

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DON’T take a trip along the coast
DO book a driving experience

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DON’T buy flowers and chocolates
DO sign up for chocolate making classes

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DON’T run a hot bath
DO relax with a spa day

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DON’T book a table at a local restaurant
DO Dine In The Dark!

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DON’T take to the hills for a picnic
DO try out some cookery classes

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DON’T watch a movie at the cinema
DO see a movie at an outdoor cinema

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So these are our suggestions – but they are by no means comprehensive! Why not let us know if you think we have missed any crucial cupid moments? Also we would love to hear what your plans are for Valentine’s Day. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages to follow the flirtatious fun as we try and make this the most spontaneous February 14th ever!

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About Author

Kirsten Beacock

Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

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