How to survive Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time to celebrate love; but for those of us who are more cynical it can also be a fluffy pink explosion in your face. Our friends from the  Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton share a guide to handle Valentine’s Day and make it a night you’ll actually want to remember—whether you’re a sassy singleton or a loved-up romantic.

SINGLE?

Make it your day

If you’re spending Valentine’s Day solo, make sure you have access to all the things you love. Grab your favourite films, food, games or crafts and just take the time to be you. Embrace your independence and be happy with yourself – Valentine’s Day can be fun if you allow it to be. Start by spending the day enjoying your own company, surrounded by the things you love.

Buy something new

Go on! Treat yourself! You deserve it. That new watch you were looking at or new dress you drooled over last week? On a day which celebrates love, what better way than a bit of self-love.  It will also look great when you decide to get your single friends together and spend the evening with good food and copious amounts of wine.

Remind people you care

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about being in a relationship! It’s about celebrating all the people you love. Call up your loved ones and say hi, just to let them know you care. Maybe it’s your best friend, your gran, or your work friend who has felt a little down lately. Use Valentine’s Day as a good excuse to ring and remind people just what they mean to you. Especially if you are in need of a little love, because chances are they feel the same.

Organise a group outing

Don’t be fooled by people telling you going out on Valentine’s Day is just for couples! There are plenty of options to entertain large groups of friends who want to celebrate too.

COUPLED UP? 

Escape for the night

It’s amazing what a night away can achieve, even if close to home. With Jozi boasting a variety of overnight options, it is very easy to find somewhere to keep your loved one happy, without the longer journey. A room with a luxurious bathtub and morning breakfast could be just what you need to relax, unwind and indulge – but make sure you book early.

Push it back if needed

With this year’s Valentine’s Day awkwardly popping up on a Tuesday, why not decide to push your plans out a little. As well as avoiding the restaurant rush, this will give you the chance to make the most of your time together over a weekend. There are plenty of hotel upgrade packages which run a couple of days either side of Valentine’s Day, to help you spread your celebrations out. F

Celebrate what you love

Although it has become a day to celebrate with gifts and food, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be completely materialistic. Use the day to express and celebrate your love. Sit down together and take the time to listen to one and other, make a list of all the things you love and then make your Valentine’s evening the time to honour all those things. Okay, it may be gifts like your favourite bar of chocolate to share, or perhaps to watch the first film you ever saw together, but either way, celebrate all the reasons you love each other with things that remind you of the good times in your relationship.

Anticipate delays

Going somewhere new? Make sure you plan ahead by checking the traffic and best routes to get you both there squabble free. Although it’s hard to completely avoid the inevitable traffic and people, you can figure out how it can potentially affect your night and plan accordingly. For ultimate stress-free relaxation, book an Uber to take you straight to the door, or enquire about a night’s stay at a central hotel.

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