The experts weigh in on how to woo your other half on Valentine's Day
Tasmania’s women have revealed what they most desire this Valentine’s Day — and men, you might want to reconsider your plans if you hope to get lucky in the week ahead.
A weekend away in another part of Tassie came out top in a survey of romantic destinations and activities — with Bicheno, Ulverstone and Deloraine all favourites.
The finding comes as relationship experts urge couples to ditch cliched gestures and distractions, especially phones and social media, to focus on making their other half No1 — next week and beyond.
Hobart couple Lila Landowski and Dean Al-Hajjiri like to spend downtime travelling together.
Both have busy jobs, Dean is a surgeon and Lila a neuroscientist, so they like to get away for weekends.
“A weekend away to Bruny Island or Freycinet is hard to beat,” Dean said.
“Stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, great food, and abundance of places to go wine tasting make this something we try to do as often as we can,” he said.
Lila agrees. “Getting lost in the wilderness is one thing... but getting lost in one another’s company while you’re there is even better.”
The couple are planning a trip further afield with a trip to the Maldives next month.
“The promise of warm, crystal clear water, as well as peace and privacy is so alluring. Imagine waking up to your favourite person in the most perfect place on earth? Lila said.
Matt Garrett of Relationships Australia said while overnight or day trips are a great way to reconnect, it doesn’t have to be about splashing buckets of cash.
“In some ways the whole going out to dinner, the red roses, the box of chocolates has become a bit passe and really commercialised,” he said.
“Do something a bit different. Our women say to us ‘I don’t want chocolates, I don’t want flowers, I don’t want fancy jewellery, I just want to spend more time together’.
“It has to be authentic and come from the heart.”
The trend towards time over things is backed by experience and gifts company Red Balloon, who told News Corp Australia there has been a large shift towards customers buying activities — from outings to high-adrenaline sports — to share rather than physical presents.
When it comes to getaways, the survey showed that after local locations, the Outback, Gold Coast and Whitsundays are our mainland dream destinations; while online travel company Booking.com said Deloraine, Bicheno, Ulverstone, Devonport and Burnie, plus Hobart and Launceston, where the top specific spots for Valentine’s weekend over the past two years.
Mr Garrett encouraged couples to get into Valentine’s Day but said they need to “press repeat” throughout the year.