These romantic Valentine’s Day trips will show that special someone you care without breaking the bank.

When you’re young and in love, it can be difficult to budget travel. Valentine’s Day often has a lot of pressure for huge gestures, including spontaneous Valentine’s Day trips. If you’re in a relationship, there’s no better way to spend time with your significant other than by taking some time away together. Recently, I wrote about some of the most romantic trips available for Valentine’s weekend, but these trips can get a little pricier. Thankfully, being on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on experience. Here are just a few suggestions for Valentine’s Day trips for under $500.

Bundle up and explore Boston, MA’s historical side:

Flights to this charming New England city are dirt cheap, with multiple airlines flying for as low as $85 round trip. Hotels for Valentine’s weekend are running at about $120 a night (with many cheaper Air BNB options). Once you’ve arrived, stay out of the cold and explore the dozens of museums highlighting American history.

From the JFK Presidential Library, to the Boston Tea Party ships, to Harvard University’s campus, there are limitless amounts of sites for the history nerd to explore. When you aren’t out and about, enjoy the fresh seafood and the water-front views. After all, there are few things more traditional and romantic than fresh oysters on Valentine’s Day.

Rent a cottage, eat in a tree house, and catch a Predator’s game in Nashville, TN:

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Nashville has some of the most unique and affordable AirBNBs out there. Plus, it is a booming destination for tourists! Road trip to Music City USA where you can enjoy all sorts of fun and exciting activities. Between hockey games, breweries, and dancing on Broadway, you’ll have the time of your life. Some of the nicest Air BNB’s go for under $100 so book them before they sell out!

You can even eat at the Treehouse restaurant in East Nashville! All of your childhood dreams will officially come true when you check this place out. If you have some extra room in the budget, check out the #1 thing that you should see when you visit Nashville: a Predator’s game.

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Eat to your heart’s content in Houston, TX:

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Having visited Houston many times myself, I’ve experienced quite a bit of what Houston has to offer. This city even made it on my list of top destinations to visit in 2018! I spent last Valentine’s day in Houston, and I am here to tell you that if you choose to visit you will be extremely well fed. As one of the largest cities for immigrants of all nationalities, you can enjoy authentic food from almost any country in the world.

If you’re looking for somewhere warm without having to fly to Jamaica, Houston is the place to visit. Last year, we enjoyed 80 degree weather and an authentic Latin American menu at Cordúa’s Américas, which I highly recommend trying. Flights and hotels are affordable, and Houston’s mild weather will give you an opportunity to enjoy Hermann Park, the zoo, and a short drive to the beaches at Galveston.

Kick back on Miami, FL’s white sandy beaches:

Weekend trips in February to Miami are running as low as $75 round trip right now! If you’ve been dreaming of warmer weather and an island getaway with your spouse, book a trip for two to Miami.

Although hotels run a little pricey in Miami, there are hundreds of affordable and nice Air BNB’s available. Plus, if the beach is all you’re after, you’ll save plenty of money that you would have spent on entertainment. You’re sure to come back refreshed and with a tan. If you get sick of the beach, check out the Seaquarium, Coral Castle, or any of the phenomenal museums in the area.

Embrace the festivities (and the last of winter weather) in Chicago, IL:

If there’s any city that can wholeheartedly celebrate a holiday, it’s Chicago. There are always hundreds of events occurring for every holiday, and the windy city certainly didn’t skimp on Valentine’s Day. 4-star hotels are running as low as $75-$100 a night, giving you plenty of room in your budget to visit all of the city highlights.

Events ranging from concerts, to live theatre, to ice skating, and more are occurring for the full month of February. If you’re feeling bold, participate in Cupid’s Undie Run, a mile-long run (yes- in your underwear) benefitting Neurofibromatosis. See a full calendar of events here.

This year, ditch the roses and chocolate boxes and spend that money on a weekend that you’ll never forget. Where will you spend Valentine’s Day this year?

Danielle Guy