Are you looking to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for your other half? If so, a great way to do this is by getting outside and exploring nature with them.
Walking together will help you get some quality one-on-one time, and give you a chance to open up to one another. Plus, it’s a great date idea for people looking to have a romantic Valentine’s Day on a budget.
But how exactly can you make your walk a romantic Valentine’s Day date to remember? In this article Rachel Clinkard from the footwear specialists Charles Clinkard gives her advice for planning a romantic walk to enjoy with your other half this Valentine’s Day.
Start the walk with a gift
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a gift to show your partner just how much you care. So why not get the walk off to a good start by gifting each other with presents as soon as you set off? This will give you and your partner the opportunity to open the gifts without any distractions, and take the time to appreciate and admire the work that you’ve put into finding something truly thoughtful.
And as you’re opening the presents on the walk, try to gift them with something which they can use straight away. If your partner loves the outdoors, treat them to a new pair of walking boots and socks to keep them as comfortable as possible on their walk. And to keep them safe in the elements, you could treat them to a warm beanie and gloves too.
Pack a romantic picnic
There’s nothing quite like lovingly preparing a meal for your significant other to show just how much you care. So to make your romantic walk extra special, treat them to a picnic consisting of all their favourite foods to show them your appreciation. Not only is this a loving and romantic gesture, but the food will fuel the pair of you for the remainder of the walk!
When it comes to preparing a picnic, you have a variety of different foods to choose from, so opt for the dishes you think your partner will love the most. For example, if they’re a fan of Italian food, prepare a delicious caprese salad and focaccia. And if they have a sweet tooth, go the extra mile and try your hand at baking one of their favourite cakes.
As well as packing the delicious food, remember to bring the extras to make your al fresco adventure comfortable, including a top-quality picnic rug, a couple of blankets, and a thermos of their favourite hot drink so you can both keep toasty.
Look to the past, and the future
Whether you’ve been together for 10 weeks or 10 years, you’ll no doubt have made a number of fantastic memories with them, and going on your romantic Valentine’s Day walk is the perfect time to look back and reminisce. There are so many moments for the pair of you to look back on, from your first meeting to your first kiss. Open up and tell your other half how you felt in these moments and encourage them to do the same — you may even start to see these moments from a new perspective!
But Valentine’s Day isn’t all about reminiscing, as it’s important to look forward too. Whether it’s our careers, housework, or other chores, it can feel like there are so many distractions in our day-to-day lives. But when just the two of you go on a romantic walk, you’re surrounded by nothing but nature, so you can truly open up and have a discussion about the future without any interruptions. So think about what you want in the future, and share it with your partner. You may even end up making a life-changing decision on your romantic walk!
Remember to capture the moment
Since you’re putting in the effort to make this walk as special as it can be, you’ll no doubt want to look back and remember it for years to come. So make sure to capture the moments on camera for you to look back on together. Not only will it help you when it comes to reminiscing in the future, but taking pictures of your significant other to treasure will show them just how much you’re enjoying your time with them.
And don’t just stick to taking a couple of pictures of the pair of you. Make sure to capture the small moments too, whether it’s seeing your partner admiring the beauty of nature, or catching a funny moment. While they might feel small now, these are the moments you’ll remember when looking back on this day.
- Rachel Clinkard, Ecommerce Director at Charles Clinkard, comments:
“Getting out in nature can be a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your other half. When you’re on a walk together you can’t get interrupted by the distractions of everyday life, so you can spend some great quality time together. To eliminate distractions completely, why not make it a phone-free date too?
“To make the walk into even more of an occasion, gift your partner with a new pair of walking boots to keep your other half comfortable, and show them just how much you care.”