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Surviving your first weekend away as a couple

Holiday season is upon us and taking a trip together is an important milestone. But as Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy know all too well, the course of true love doesn't always run smoothly where mini breaks are concerned. Follow Flame's tips for making sure your romantic jaunt lives up to expectations.

KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET

Even if your new relationship is going brilliantly, even if you can't wait to spend every waking minute with one another, even if your mother's already bought a hat... acknowledge that going from a few dates a week to spending 24/7 together can be a bit intense. Build up to a longer vacation by opting for an overnight or weekend break and you're more likely to enjoy cosying up around the clock; less likely to be hailing separate cabs once you land on home soil.


BE CLEAR ABOUT WHO'S ORGANISING WHAT

Organising your first couple getaway can feel like a lot of pressure if it's in one partner's hands, so unless one of you is a mini break whizz, sit down and decide a plan of action. Play to your strengths. If one of you is a big foodie, let them take charge of dinner reservations. If one of you is a bargain hunter, take on the challenge of finding a great deal on flights. As for the boring stuff (who 'enjoys' booking taxis and ordering currency?) make a list and divide it up fairly.


DO YOUR RESEARCH - BUT STAY FLEXIBLE

While it's a good idea to have a list of things you'd like to see and do while you're away, it's also important to keep an open mind. You'll not only avoid the disappointment of that restaurant being full or the sunset not quite living up to expectations; staying spontaneous will keep the romance and adventure alive.


WORK AS A TEAM

With the best organisation and will in the world, sometimes things go wrong while we're travelling. Remember you're in it together if the hotel messes up your reservation, flights are delayed or something else gets in the way of romantic bliss. Be one another's comfort, and work as a team to find a solution to any problems you encounter. 


COMPROMISE, COMPROMISE, COMPROMISE

Up until now your dates have revolved around eating, drinking and chatting. Now you're thrown together around the clock and you realise that your date's passion for modern art isn't quite so alluring when you're being dragged around the seventh gallery of the day. Before you travel, do your research about what's on offer, and each pick one or two personal must-dos, as well as a longer list of things you'd like to tick off as a twosome.


SET GROUND RULES ABOUT MONEY

Whether one person is spoiling the other or you're going to work it out as you go along, it's a good idea to be open and honest about the budget. If you decide to go double dutch, it's wise to ensure that both parties are clear on how much the other can afford to spend, to avoid any embarrassment or awkwardness when the bill comes.


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.

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