Snowdrops and daffodils are poking through the hard winter soil and trees are in bud.  Nature is carrying on with its miracles and taking no notice of the 2012 end-of-the-world predictions.  Perhaps we should take a leaf out of Mother Nature’s book and carry on making our holiday plans with a positive attitude!

Before you know it Valentine’s Day will be here.  Why not treat your special someone to a romantic getaway?  Don’t delay or you may lose out on travel deals and promotions.  The sooner you book flights, travel, accommodation and rental cars the better price you are likely to secure. Oh, and don’t forget travel insurance.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year which is not ideal, but if you include the weekend it’s worth considering a hop across the Channel for a long weekend. Why not use some annual leave and enjoy a longer and more relaxing break?  What could be more romantic than an Alpine winter wonderland destination?  It doesn’t matter if you are not a skier as delights such as romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-skating, tobogganing, gondola rides, shopping, and candlelight dinners all await!

A romantic weekend in Paris or Rome might score some points.  If the man in your life is hard to convince (*a whisper in your ear*) it just so happens that the weekend before Valentine’s Day coincides with 6 Nations Rugby matches in romantic Rome and Paris!   Fixtures on 11 February include Italy v England in Rome and France v Ireland in Paris.  Also, Wales face Scotland in Cardiff on 12 February if a trip closer to home is more within the budget.

If you have the funds and a little more time and ambition, why not combine a Valentine’s Day treat with a trip to the Cote d’Azur for the annual Nice Carnival, which runs from 17 February-4 March.  For the truly adventurous the Rio Carnival kicks off on 17 February.

Travel while you can!

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