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feb 12 2014

A Little Valentine's Day Inspiration

A new survey reveals 78 percent of women would rather take a romantic vacation than receive diamond earrings, a brand new designer purse, or have a private dinner cooked by a top chef.

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Our friends over at AirFastTickets.com, a brand new online travel booking site aimed at uncovering the best prices, recently conducted a survey to find out how women around the country really feel about Valentine's Day travel.

According to the survey, 78 percent of women would rather take a romantic vacation anywhere in the U.S. than receive diamond earrings, a brand new designer purse, or have a private dinner cooked and arranged by a top chef. Out of a head-to-toe makeover by a famous makeup artist, a sweet serenade by Adam Sandler on guitar a la The Wedding Singer, or puppies to play with at every seat, which do you think women would rather have while flying? You guessed it, puppies. (Who wouldn't?)

The most surprising responses were centered around communication, something that seems to be a lost art nowadays. While 95 percent of women polled said they'd never met a person they ended up dating while on a plane or on a cruise, 42 percent did say they would be willing to at least give out their phone numbers if they were single. (So, guys, take a chance, because, hey, you never know!) The final question offered a more depressing response: almost half of the women polled said getting a text message at the airport from your date saying that the trip was cancelled and it's time for a break would be the worst thing that could possibly happen to them on Valentine's Day.

Those polled were also asked whether or not they would accept a free trip to Australia on Valentine's Day if they had to spend the entire 16-hour flight seated next to either Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner. One out of three women said no.

In case you're suddenly in need of a little vacation inspiration, our friends at Room77.com have a list of getaway deals created especially for this Valentine's Day—you can score hotel discounts in Washington D.C., Seattle, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Long Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and New York City—and have a nifty list of chairlift pick up lines available, you know, just in case the opportune moment strikes on the ski slopes.

Whether you're planning a last-minute romantic getaway with your significant other or celebrating being single, we want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. We want to know: will you be traveling at all this V-Day? What romantic place would you like to be in this Valentine's Day weekend? Tell us about it below.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


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