VALENTINE’S Day is almost here. If you are single this February 14, there’s absolutely no need to bring out the box of tissues and bawl your eyes out.With a bit of imagination, and daring to be different, you can observe the day as a reflection of who you are and a celebration of your life.Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) believes that the idea of love on Valentine’s Day is not to be shared by couples only. Singles can also love themselves and celebrate their uniqueness by spoiling and pampering themselves. According to TKZN acting chief executive officer Phindile Makwakwa, Friday will be the perfect opportunity to spread love to all our loved ones, including our family, friends and ourselves, and a reminder to keep loving for the rest of the year. Furthermore, she said while they recommend romantic experiences for young and old couples on February 14; “We are also aware there are many men and women out there who are not in a relationship. There is no need for them to feel left out of the festivities. “If you are single, there are some unique ways you can celebrate and make the most out of Valentine’s Day. “In KZN, we have plenty of establishments that can deliver a world-class tourism experience for those who feel excluded from the love club,” said Makwakwa. Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day by getting other single buddies together and throwing a party, indoors or outdoors?Taking your best friend out on a ‘date’ is also a great option for single friends who want to take advantage of couples’ deals on Valentine’s Day or share in the going-out experience.“You do not need to splurge on the day. All you need is friends who can get together to celebrate their relationship and love for each other. “Single friends can have fun at the movies, order in pizza or enjoy a fun-filled games night,” said Makwakwa.For those singles who want to explore in and around KZN on Valentine’s Day, a list of to do activities has been prepared by TKZN.1. Zip-lining in the South CoastThis exhilarating experience will not only leave you speechless but it is an adrenaline rush that will make your heart race like love at first sight. The zip-lining journey begins with a breath-taking climb up a 21m spiral, wooden staircase, followed by a 175m cable slide to a tree top platform and 125m slide back to the centre! 2. Road trip to the Drankensberg Nothing beats getting an early start to your day and appreciating a scenic drive to the Berg with your windows down and fresh air hitting your face. Enjoy some good food and quality time with family and friends at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat with spectacular, comfortable, affordable, country-style accommodation. 3. A spa day with the friends in the hillsAfter a stressful week of work, enjoy some quality time with your girlfriends or as part of a single moms’ group — it is a great time to spoil yourself at the serene and tranquil sanctuary of the Brahman Hills Spa, situated in the heart of KZN. This is an opportunity to kick your heels and unwind. 4. Scuba diving on the KZN coastlineAn out-of-your-comfort zone experience to explore an underwater escape on a coastline famous for its rich biodiversity and lively population of fish with reef and wreck scuba diving tours on the KZN coastline. 6. Humour yourself with a comedy show at the Durban ICCDo not be a sad single this Valentine’s Day. Laugh until your belly aches at the ECR Kings & Queens of Comedy Durban show. There will not be any heartbreak on this night, as the show will leave you in stitches.7. Meet and mingle with other singles on Florida RoadEnjoy a welcome drink and a delicious three-course meal at the Butcher Block, Florida Road in Durban on Valentine’s Day, available from February 13 to February 16. You can pick your favourite items from the a la carte menu — and an interesting guy or gal from the crowd.